Nicole LeCorgne

Nicole LeCorgne is a photographer, percussionist, and teacher originally from New Orleans, LA, currently living in Atlanta, GA.  She began playing drums in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she received a B.A. in World Music and Dance from the University of Minnesota, and also began a pursuit of Middle Eastern and Balkan music.

While in Minneapolis, she free-lanced with a number of local folk and rock groups while maintaining her own band, an improvisational acoustic trio, Tandava Slinky. Shortly after graduating from The U of M she moved to San Francisco, where she performed with such groups as Susu Pampinin, The Aswan Dancers, The Georges Lammam Ensemble, Slavko Silic, and Panacea.

In 2001 she moved to Connecticut where she received an MA in Ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University and performed with numerous Arabic, Greek and Turkish ensembles in both New York and Boston. Nicole is a Fulbright recipient and has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East photographing, performing and studying. She has studied with master drummers in Cairo and Istanbul and co-authored the book “Classical Riq Technique” with famed Lebanese percussionist, Michel Merhej. Nicole is the musical accompanist and resident drum teacher for Oasis Dance Camps.  Most recently, Nicole received MFA in photography from the Savanah College of Art and Design and is now pursuing a career as a fine art photographer specializing in historic photographic processes.