About the Author
As a trained ethnomusicologist (M.A., SDSU), Richard has been a drum accompanist for belly dancers since 1988. He is an independent scholar, composer, writer, teacher, multi-percussionist, recording artist/engineer, visual artist, and illustrator. His next book (a 15+ year project), The Complete Dumbek: A Comprehensive Resource on Origins, Acoustics, and Playing Techniques, is due to be published in 2015. Richard teaches dumbek and drumset privately by appointment.