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Sources for Instruments, Music, & Related Publications
Sources for Instruments, Music, & Related Publications

Sources for Instruments & Music Used by Mary Ellen

Alfredo's Tars -  High quality handmade Tars (and certain other frame drums, such
as Persian style Dafs, Celtic Bodhrans, and Native American style or Shamanic drums). 
Prices range from $100-$250 (most common ones are more in the $130 range).
Alfredo Gormezano
Clarion Music Center 816 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 391-1317

Lark in the Morning

PO Box 1176, Mendocino, CA 95460 USA

(707) 964-5569


2140 W Fulton Street Suite C
Chicago IL 60612

(312) 563-9363

Mid East Manufacturer

7694 Progress Circle
West Melbourne, FL 32904

(800) 673-1517

Rashid Music Sales Co., Inc.

155 Court St.
Brooklyn, NY  11202
(718) 625-2601

Rhythm Fusion

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 423-2048

Saroyan Mastercrafts
Online store closed till June 2013. Visit their site for more information.

P.O. Box 2056
Riverside, CA 92516

(909) 783-2050

Turquoise International

22830 Califa Street
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

(818) 999-5542

Village Bazaar

2207 N. Farwell Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53203

(414) 224-9675

Books Recommended by Mary Ellen ... Informative and Inspirational

  • Diallo, Yaya and Hall, Mitchell. The Healing Drum, African Wisdom Teachings. Destiny Books, 1989. 
  • Flatischier, Reinhard.  The Forgotten Power of Rhythm. Life Rhythm, 1992. 
  • Hart, Mickey. Drumming at the Edge of Magic, A Journey Into The Spirit of Percussion. Harper Collins, 1990. 
  • Redmond, Layne.  When the Drummers Were Women, A Spiritual History of Rhythm. Three Rivers Press, 1997. 
  • Wilson, Sule Greg. The Drummer’s Path, Moving the Spirit With Ritual and Traditional Drumming. Destiny Books, 1992.
  • Peter Michael Hamel, Peter Lemesurier (Translator).  Through Music to the Self: How to Appreciate and Experience Music Anew, Publisher: Vega; (June 2002)
  • Don Campbell.  Music: Physician for Times to Come, Publisher: Quest Books; 2nd edition (July 15, 2000)

Bibliography for Middle Eastern Music and Culture

Middle Eastern Dance Magazines 

Middle Eastern Dance Web Zines


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