James Messerich, originally from a small Dutch town in upstate New York, has lived in Tucson Grants, Albuquerque, and Denver. He's been playing hand drums for over 30 years. His main instrument is the darbuka, along with the Riqq, frame drum and Bodhran. He plays Turkish, Arabic, Balkan, North African, and Israeli music, as well as American and Celtic folk. He has played with many Denver-area bands, including the Rhythm Slaves, Abbey Rogues, Sherefe & the Habibis, Dunya Divani, Saltanah, Skean Dubh, and Zuruna.