Frank Lazzaro has
been in the San Diego area since 1986, where he has studied African and
Middle Eastern drumming extensively. He has performed with several dancers
and groups, most notably Urban Vibrations featuring dancers Meleah
and Desiree in the mid-nineties, and more recently Damaru. This world beat fusion
group derives their influences from African drumming traditions, as well
as the rhythms of middle eastern dance. Damaru has made regular appearances
at the San Diego Street Scene and has a self-titled CD.
Frank has taught middle-eastern drumming for over 10 years, and has
released an instructional CD. He is also the drummer for Middle-Earth
Ensemble and performs regularly for belly dance shows. He has most
recently developed a performance group made up of his dumbek drum
students, called "Cairo Beats".