Instruments: Arabic Daf, Riqq, Derbakkeh, and Tabl
Nicolas Chbat, originally from Lebanon, studied
Ghanaian drumming from 1995 to 1998 when he attended the Arabic
Music Retreat (intensive educational program) under the direction of
Shaheen. He then learned Arabic percussion theory and practice under
and Tim O'Keeffe. He has since been performing classical Arabic music
with different ensembles in Minnesota and New York.
He has since been performing classical Arabic music with different
ensembles in MN and NY. He was with the New York Arabic Orchestra
(2007-2010) under the leadership of Bassam Saba, where they performed
at the Symphony Space in New York City. Since 2011 he has been with
Sukoon and Brooklyn Nomads where they performed at numerous venues
including the Millennium Stage at the The Kennedy Center in Washington
DC. His instruments are: Arabic Daf, Riqq, Derbakkeh, and
Tabl. Dr. Chbat is principal scientist at Philips Research labs and
adjunct professor of biomedical engineering at Columbia University.