Tareq Rantisi

Djembe, Bongo, Conga, Hand Drums, Audition Prep, Audition Prep from Berklee Alumni
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Tareq Rantisi was born in Jerusalem. Self-taught, he started his career playing Middle Eastern percussion at the age of 12 and has performed in various concerts and festivals in the Arab world and in Europe. Tareq has already shared the stage with some of the most distinguished musicians and associations in the region, including Kudsi Erguner, Manfred Leuchter, Ilham Al Madfai, Edward Said National Conservatory, the Popular Arts Center, and Alkamandjati Association.

In 2008, Tareq received the Al-Qattan Foundation Music Scholarship to attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music in the United States, receiving a degree in Percussion Performance and graduating with honors. During his education in Boston, he studied with numerous legendary musicians and educators: Jamey Haddad, Joe Galeota, Manuel “Egui” Castrillo, Ernesto Diaz, and Mikael Ringquist. Tareq’s studies brought him into a deep dialogue with styles from jazz to Afro-Cuban to Carnatic Indian to Brazilian and more. This broad range of study has allowed him to play virtually any percussion instrument and musical style with ease and incomparable musicality.

Since his arrival in the United States, Tareq has performed with some of the biggest names in modern music, including Jack DeJohnette, Steve Smith, Paul Winter, Simon Shaheen, Aaron Goldberg, Srinivas Krishnan, Victor Mendoza, Husnu Senlendirici, Eguie Castrillo, Bertram Lehmann, Basam Saba, Mehmet Ali Sanlikol, Bruno Råberg, Javier Limón, Pepe de Lucía, Glen Velez and many other important virtuosic musicians, composers and groups.

Alongside his musical performing career, Tareq has developed a body of educational work, offering master classes, workshops and private lessons throughout the world in collaboration with Brandeis University, The Center for Arabic Culture, NAFDA, The Gaza Music School, Qattan Foundation, Al Kamandjâti Association, Kufiyyeh Center of Music, and the Yamaha Music School.

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  • “New Ground” by Ekah Kim (2013)
  • “TarEkah” by Tareq Rantisi & Ekah Kim (2013)
  • “Eastern Tapestries” by Christiane Karam & ZilZALA (2012)
  • “Tales From the Forgotten Kingdom” by Guy Mendilow Ensemble (2012)
  • “Muashahatuna” by the Palestine National Ensemble of Arabic Music (2012)
  • “Reflections of Palestine” by Ramzi Abu Redwan (2012)
  • “Sandra Carrasco” by Sandra Carrasco (2011)
  • “UN” by Jussi Reijonen (2011)
  • “Songs of the People” by Christiane Karam & ZilZALA (2009)
  • “Al-Fawanees” CD & DVD by Edward Said National Conservatory (2009)
  • “Oyoun Al Kalaam” by Dalouna group (2008)
  • “Bilsalamah ya A’rosa” by Kasaba Theatre (2007)
  • “Musicians From Al Kamandjati Live 2” by Richard "Dobbs" Hartshorne (2007)
  • “Musicians From Al Kamandjati Live” by Richard "Dobbs" Hartshorne (2006)
  • “Banafsaji” by Aywa Group (2006)
  • “Hada Leil” by Turab Group (2006)
  • “Palestinian Folk” by Popular Arts Center (2000)


Berklee College of Music, Boston, Massachusetts

  • BA; December 2011
  • Concentration in hand percussion performance

Birzeit University, Birzeit, Palestine 

  • BA; September 2008
  • Concentration in accounting

Edward Said National Conservatory, Ramallah, Palestine

  • Certificate music theory; May 2007
  • Certificate hand percussion

Teaching Experience

Edward Said National Conservatory, Jerusalem; September 2012-present

  • Teach online individual and group classes
  • Develop curriculum and workplans for all Percussion classes

Center for Arabic Culture, Boston, Massachusetts; September 2012-present

  • Teach individual and group classes in the center
  • Teach Percussion workshops

Gaza Music School, Gaza, Palestine; September 2011-present

  • Teach online individual and group classes
  • Develop curriculum and workplans for all Percussion classes

The Kamandjati Association, Ramallah. Palestine; September 2005-present

  • Teach individual classes in refugee camps and at the association’s center
  • Teach at workshops throughout Palestine
  • Responsible for a total of 20 boys and girls ranging in age from 5-21
  • Develop curriculum and workplans for all classes

Kufiyyeh Center of Music, Birzeit, Palestine; September 2005-present

  • Teach individual classes in the center
  • Teach at workshops
  • Responsible for a total of 10 boys and girls ranging in age from 5-16
  • Develop curriculum and workplans for all classes

Yamaha Music School, Ramallah, Palestine; 2006-2008

  • Teach group classes oriental and Latin hand percussion
  • Responsible for a total of 10 boys and girls ranging in age from 8-18

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