Meet the Drummers & Musicians
Davulcular ve Müzisyenler
A lifelong musician, Carl’s main musical axe is the bass guitar, but that hasn’t stopped him from becoming an accomplished guitar, tar, cajon, doumbek, and davul player. Carl also helps edit musical compositions for Dans Askina, creates stage props, and has been known to join in the dancing when male Romani and folk dancer roles are called for in troupe choreographies.
Mark began taking hand drumming lessons after his wife Rowena joined Dans Askina, because he wanted to drum with his wife at troupe performances. Since he began taking lessons from Carmen Heim, through Hopkins Community Education, Mark not only plays doumbek and djembe, but has been known to balance a sword on his head a time or two in performances. Mark also serves as Stage Manager for our Rakkas Minneapolis events, videographer, and photographer.
Katrina has played music with her husband Eric for many years at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival, Omniversal Jam gatherings, and other events. She routinely plays doumbek, metal zills, wooden zills, and also the bodhran and Appalachian dulcimer.
Eric began playing the Irish Bodhran shortly after joing a Scottish dance class. A chance encounter with the local Irish/World Music band Boiled in Lead in college exposed him to a greater array of hand percussion instruments. He currently plays bodhran, doumbek, cajon, riq, spoons, mandolin, and tenor banjo for the Uptown on the Lakes Morris Team, the Royal Scottish Country Dancers, and the traditional Scottish band the Scotch Eggs.
Amina has been a percussionist since ‘drums chose her’ in grade school. Playing all things percussion since then in concert bands, marching bands, symphonic bands, jazz bands, pit orchestras, and city bands, she discovered Middle Eastern drumming when she discovered Middle Eastern dance. An accomplished zill player, she also plays doumbek, tar, Turkish spoons, and various Latin percussion instruments.