About the GDG

This group of 686 members (and growing) was founded in summer of 2001 by Peyman Nasehpour and Eric Stuer, in the hopes of establishing a quality resource for musicians worldwide who are interested in music made from Goblet shaped drums. The members include people from around the world, at all levels of expertise, from beginners to longtime professional performers, graduate students, and teachers.

This page will serve as a links page to the music of the many members of GDG. There are also a lot of doumbek and tonbak links at our main doumbek page.

New member Shlomo Bar is an important musical force in Israel, where he has led the multi-ethnic group Habrera Hativeet since 1977. (English: The Natural Choice, The Natural Gathering) Shlomo has kindly offered us a piece: Batash. more including video at his site

Member David Lacerda is based in the North of Portugal by the seaside, in Porto. He also plays riq, bendir and ud. Here is his Darabuka improvisation.

New member Kevin Marshall is into blending middle eastern sounds with electronic music. Here's an mp3 from
Kevin: Hookah Nights

Paul Marshall is a member of many groups, a resident of Northern Ireland, and a correspondent here at rhythmweb. His website DRUMDOJO is a fine spot to see. GO THERE NOW

Here's Paul Marsall's new piece, "Pashinpa"
© 2002 paul marshall all rights reserved

Numan Elyer

The new 'all-finger' style of percussion. Advanced methods of playing darbuka
and frame drum.

Listen to numan's Karnaturk solo

GDG member Chas Whittaker is a UK based drummer who specializes in goblet & frame drum. his site has reviews of teaching materials and much more: ArabicDrum.co.uk



The Goblet Drumming Group

This page is devoted to the work of members of the Goblet Drumming Group at Yahoo. There is now a FAQ for new members.

Members of the GDG have planned to create and release a CD of music. Some of the pieces will be solo percussion pieces, and some with accompaniment, but all will feature goblet shaped drums in the mix .

Audio works of GDG members will be posted here, IN VARIOUS FILE FORMATS, usually either mp3, wma, or rm, with some accompanying text, copyright info, etc. Other works featuring GDG members will also be posted here, with links to the relevant websites.

Artist: Bill Koutsouros [Philadelphia area, USA]
Website: http://www.animusmusic.com

Currently, Bill Koutsouros composes music for and plays the Bouzouki, Doumbek, Guitar, Oud, and the Riq in the Philadelphia based world fusion music and dance ensemble ANIMUS . His other projects include playing traditional musics with the Feztones, The Spice Route Ensemble (Strings for Schools/Musicopia), and The Sally Mitlas Orchestra among others. Bill also creates and performs world music geared for small children with Children's World Music Express. He also regularly teaches Middle Eastern percussion classes in the Philadelphia area.

Listen to Arapia [drum solo]:

Artist: Daveed Korup
website: http://drumfest.com

e-mail: drumfest@yahoo.com
sound files forthcoming..

Esteemed member Daveed Korup, based in N. Carolina, USA, is a well known author and teacher, has been in the Goblet Drumming group since the first week, and has been a steady source of encouragement and education. Thanks Daveed. He has been doing a lot of good work lately with a variety of fine artists. Here's a recent drum solo, recorded live at the Citadel, Chareston, SC, January, 2005. Much more cool stuff is at his downloads page.

© Daveed Korup all rights reserved.

Artist: Peyman Nasehpour

GDG Moderator & Co-Founder Peyman Nasehpour is a lifetime student of Persian Classical music, from Tehran, Iran. Currently doing advanced work in Mathematics and Computer Science, he has recorded this solo tonbak piece specially for the CD project. He is moderator and co-founder of the Goblet Drumming Group at Yahoo.

Tonbak Solo #1 Listen
© 2002 P. Nasehpour All rights reserved

Peyman's bio and links to his many online works are here.

Artist: Shirzad Sharif - GDG member Shirzad Sharif Shirzad studied the Tonbak under the supervision of Ostad Bahman Rajabi in Iran.

Currently based in the San Fransisco Bay area, he is involved in a wide variety of experimental forms of music, blending Arabic, Persian, and Indian instruments with jazz and electronica, as well as playing traditional forms of Persian music. His group, Somma, has just completed a succesful East coast tour. By All means check out the Somma website for more audio files.

Here, in Real Audio is a Santur & Tonbak duet featuring Alan Kushan & Shirzad Sharif in Chahargah mode.


Artist: Shaheen Mohajeri

Our friend Shaheen is based in Iran, and is studying and documenting the acoustic properties of the tonbak. More info about his composition methods and a link to his website will be up here soon..

"Living Between Partials" , Shaheen created this, his latest piece, by anlayzing the sound of tombak and making a microtonal scale based on some of its partials. He then used the scale in the piece with cakewalk (pitch wheel) , and mixed it with others in magix, also changing tha tune of timpanies as the scale.

This is from Shaheen regarding this piece: It is based on different interval-o-rhythmic concepts: 1. a microtonal scale, using the intervallic relations between partials in the sound spectrum of an E-tuned tombak to make a 7 tone scale which its degrees are equal to some degrees of 144-EDO(144 equal divisions of octave) 2. Two microrhythmic scales with different time intervals ( based on my theory)

Shaheen continues, "Living in such mysterious and virtual worlds is a dream …. As a personal point of view , Microtonality and microrhythm are the soul , self and nature of music."

This next one is a progressive piece entitled "Rebellious Tombak".

Rebellious Tombak
© 2003 Shaheen Mohajeri all rights reserved

Here is another piece for tonbak & synth which is based on a whole tone scale, and which explores the tonal possibilities of the tonbak within a free metro-rhythmic view, "something like persian voice."

© 2003 Shaheen Mohajeri all rights reserved

Another piece is entitled "Titanic Hands", and it is dedicated to group member Eric Stuer (yours truly), who hurt his left arm badly early in 2003. (Thanks very much, Shaheen, but I think the phrase "Titanic" must be used to describe other hands than my own..especially considering the abilities of so many other esteemed members of GDG. All the same, its an excellent and adventurous piece of music.

Titanic Hands
© 2003 Shaheen Mohajeri all rights reserved

Artist: Peach Curry

Peach Curry is a folk band based in Atlanta, Georgia that plays music with a Middle Eastern flavor. Their lead drummer and Webmaster, GDG group member Kamuran, pictured here in Nov. 2002, sent us the sound files below for your listening enjoyment. Their Web site also has sound clips from their CD "Dancing With the Infidels", which has Eastern and Western music from the 10th century through the 20th century A.D. ...very cool... check it out...

Kamuran (also known as Rick Wallace) has a guide for doumbek players on his personal site which features notation and difficulty ratings for dozens of rhythms.

Ghawazee Jam (2:19) | Saidi Jam (2:34)
© 2003 Peach Jam all rights reserved

Artist: David Kuckhermann - David is a student of world percussion at the Rotterdam music conservatory. Although he is shown with a frame drum at left, this submission to the GDG project is deftly played on a REMO djembe. He also has music going on to the FrameDrummers group project. Visit that page for more..

© 2003 David Kuckhermann all rights reserved

David has a wonderful website, rich in free instructional video. Visit him at http://framedrums.de

Artist: Kobi Hagoel
Born in Israel in 1962, Kobi Hagoel has studied percussion for many years, and is a member of several groups, including the East-West Ensemble, Kav Hatefer, and Esfahan, a group which specializes in Persian classical music and related styles. He has written a book documenting over 300 rhythms from various cultures, from North Africa and the middle east to the Balkans and Persia.

Kobi has recorded this solo specifically for the project, and has dedicated it TO HUMAN UNDERSTANDING. It is a freeform composition incorporating Balkan, Turkish, and Iranian rhythms.

Kobi's Solo #1
© 2002 Kobi Hagoel. All rights reserved

With Kobi's kind permission, we have kept these examples online of his various projects.

Kav Hafeter (Kav Hafeter is the area between Israel and the Palestinian area.) The group was established in 1998 by Kobi Hagoel, and is a blend of elements from the Middle East, North Africa, Greece, Persia, and India, mixed with Jazz and Rock.

Musicians: Kobi Hagoel - voice, darabuka, zarb, daf, udu , cymbals, and bells; Asigivati - guitar, oud, bazouki; David Oterman - bass, vocals, junk percussion; Ofer Ankori - saxophone, ney recorded 1999, Hamon studios, Israel.

©1999 Kav Hafeter, all rights reserved

And here a short Persian traditional piece featuring Kobi on tonbak (zarb) with the Esfahan Ensemble, under the direction of Menashe Sasson:

Gole Gandom
© 2002 Persepolis, all rights reserved

Artist: Jerry Summers (percussion) began playing Balkan music in the mid-80's. Since then he has also studied Middle Eastern, West African, North Indian, Balinese, Javanese and Brazilian music. He teaches in the Film/Video School at CalArts in Valencia, CA.

composed by Dan Cantrell © 2002 all rights reserved
From The Toids CD "Ruupert Dances in Fins"
Musicians: Dan Cantrell, accordion; Ryan Francesconi, Bulgarian tambura, Bill Lanphier, bass; Lila Sklar, violin; Jerry Summers, percussion.

BUCHIMISH (Real Audio)

Note from Jerry: Buchimish (BOO-chih-meesh) is the generic name (like "waltz" or "fox-trot") for a Bulgarian dance in 15/16, subdivided 2222322. At a slower tempo, it would be felt as "7 with a long 5." But it's fast(!), felt and played as "4 with a short 3." Kind of like warped funk, and that's what make it so FUN.

listen to more of the Toids

Artist: Soundstream
Title: C-Saz
Visit the website

William McAllister of the world music group Soundstream is a member and frequent and welcome contributor to both the GDG and the Frame Drummers group at Yahoo. He is based in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. This is one of our favorites from the Soundtream CD (a low res mp3 stream).

© 2002 W. McAllister, all rights reserved

Artist - Jamal Mohamed A native of Lebanon, Jamal grew up in the Chicago area, and is now based in Dallas, Texas. Sting, Simon Shaheen, Mark O'Connor Poovalur Srinivasan, Giovanni Hidalgo, and Trichy Sankaran are among the many artists Jamal has performed with and his music has been featured on recordings for the television documentaries "Ramses the Great", National Geographic's "Lions of Darkness", and the film biography of Robert Johnson, "Can't You Hear the Wind", starring Danny Glover and Keb' Mo'. He has presented percussion clinics at Berklee College of Music in Boston, the University of North Texas, the American University in Cairo, Egypt, and the National Institute of Fine Arts in Mexico City. Jamal is currently a percussion instructor and dance musician at Southern Methodist University, Meadows School of the Arts, and performs with the World Music group "Brahma", the Middle Eastern Jazz ensemble "Beledi", and the percussion group "D-Drum".

Jamal doumbek solo #1

Listen to a couple from his latest solo album 'Beledhi'.

Bosnia | Thunder and Tiny
© 2001 jamal mohamed, all rights reserved

Visit JamaMohamed.com

GDG member Quentin Shaw, based the UK, makes excellent drums Listen to him here on bendir, with Ahmed Abis on Ney..

GDG member
Jesse Rogers at Bardic Productions has compiled lists of the manufacturers and retailers of doumbeks abnd other Middle Eastern instruments..

New member Harmen Sikkenga of Netherlands brings us Zeibekiko Journey , a piece based on three different ways of playing the
Greek Zeibekiko. (It is actually played on a Turkish style darbuka.)Visit Harmen's website

The artists are the owners of the copyrights of their respective works. Unauthorized duplication is a violation of applicable law.

To include your piece here, please send the title, the copyright info, the accompanying text if desired, even an image if you like, and a link to the mp3 file, to stu@rhythmweb.com

A short bio would be nice too, and your website address if you have one..

Welcome New Members:

New member Yonatan Bar Rashi has a long and fascinating musical history. watch him play daholla. or read more about him and listen to more sound files at his page at congaplace..

n. scott robinson
yousif sheronick
harmonic motion

Thanks for participating, GDG members; you make the GDG what it is..if you have ideas, suggestions, or whatever, mail us..

I am looking forward to posting your songs..



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