Elizabeth started learning Middle Eastern percussion 15 years ago through various teachers. At SOAS University, London, she focused on the music of that region for 3 years, not only learning about its repertoire but also about its history, culture and about the composers and about the influence of other cultures and genres of music.
The main instruments she learnt were Darbuka (or doumbek), Tar/bendir/Duf (frame drum without cymblas) and Riqq (Egyptian tambourin also found in other parts of the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey). Later on, she also learnt the Kurdish Daf (a frame rum with chains/jingles hanging from the inside of the frame)
A two year course in Dalcroze Eurythmics with the Dalcroe Society in UK, plus workshop in circular music/body percussion, lead her to explore more about body music, voice exploration and movement.
Elizabeth's workshops and courses always integrate the learning of the instrument with the body aspect of music: how we can connect to it an a more embodied way through movement, body percussion, singing games and improvisation.
She features as percussionist in many albums: "Finding Home" by Maya Youssef; "View from Somewhere" by Amira Kheir; "The Divine Abstract" by Charlie Cawood; "Del Canto Gitano" by Ignacio Lusardi Monteverde; "Lanscapes" by Pocket Caravan and "Neva", by Olcay Bayir.
You can go to www.elizabethnott.co.uk to learn more about Elizabeth