Nathaniel Huard

Nathaniel Huard is a Montreal-based percussionist who’s passion for classical Middle Eastern music led him to Aleppo and Istanbul. There, he studied the complex rhythmic patterns of Syrian Art Music and Sufi Music from which he draws his inspiration.

As a Riqq (tambourine) and Bendir (frame drum) player, he is the sole percussionist of Ensemble Zaman, Ensemble Tessala and Loti. In addition, Nathaniel performs regularly in numerous festivals (Arab World Festival of Montreal, Accès Asie, Festival des Cultures Syriennes de Montréal, Festival Séfarade de Montréal…).