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Jonatan Gomes Derbaq: Brasilian/American Oudist
and Mid-Eastern Style Percussionist.

Dancing inside the music

Brasilian/American Oudist and Arabic Percussionist, Jonatan Derbaq was born in a musical family where he grew up playing a number of stringed instruments and percussion since childhood, but it was upon a journey to discover more distant roots where he was introduced to the vast and colourful world of Middle-Eastern Music. It soon became a strong passion and through study and appreciation, his profound respect for the diverse array of Middle-Eastern music, language and culture has led him to work with an extensive number of musicians and dancers. Consistently striving to refine skill and enrich the artistic spirit, Jonatan maintains a steady routine of practice and academic study while seeking council wherever available. He has had the honour of receiving instruction from great and well known artists such as Husain Sabsaby, Youssef K.Boutros, Hossam Ramzy, Maurice Rouman Sadak and Karim Nagi.

 

In 2010, Jonatan began collaboration with Seattle based Egyptian percussion master, George Sadak. The duo travels regularly within the United States where they teach workshops for Musicians and Dancers and perform in the group Mazaag. In early 2013 Mazaag released its first full length album who’s cover features the Atlanta based dance sensation and scholar, Amani Jabril. Jonatan currently resides in Memphis, Tn. where he performs for diverse audiences and works as an instructor of musical and rhythmic comprehension for both dancers and musicians.

In 2010, Jonatan began collaboration with Seattle based Egyptian percussion master, George Sadak. The duo travels regularly within the United States where they teach workshops for Musicians and Dancers and perform in the group Mazaag. In early 2013 Mazaag released its first full length album who’s cover features the Atlanta based dance sensation and scholar, Amani Jabril.

Jonatan currently resides in Memphis, Tn. where he performs for diverse audiences and works as an instructor of musical and rhythmic comprehension for both dancers and musicians.

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