nicole lecorgne percussionist
percussionOriginally from New Orleans, Louisiana, Nicole LeCorgne is a percussionist, photographer and ethnomusicologist specializing in music of the Middle East. She has performed and taught workshops throughout the US and internationally. Nicole began her musical and academic training in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she received a B.A. in World Music and Dance from the University of Minnesota, and worked extensively with renowned Oriental dancer Cassandra Shore and the Jawaahir Dance Company. She also has a Masters Degree in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University. In 1995 she moved to the San Francisco Bay Area where she had the opportunity to work with Susu Pampanin, The Aswan Dancers, Slavko Silic, and several other local Middle Eastern and Balkan ensembles. Nicole spent over four years performing across the country as a core member of The Georges Lammam Ensemble and was a founding member of the Balkan gypsy ensemble, Panecea. Nicole has been the musical accompanist and resident drum teacher at Oasis Dance Camps for the past ten years. In addition to maintaining a full travel schedule, Nicole also performs and teaches throughout the New York area. She is a full-time member of Sounds of Taraab, Zikrayat, Alhambra and a founding member of al-Hawanim. However, Nicole’s greatest love is teaching. She has extensive experience in special education, classroom instruction and conducting workshops for both children and adults of all levels. She has given workshops and lecture demonstrations William and Mary College, Brown and Harvard universities. Nicole is presently compiling the teachings of Michel Merhej Baklouk, life-long percussionist for the legendary Lebanese singer Fairuz, as part of an instruction manual for classical Arabic riq (tambourine).
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