Lauren Checchio is an acclaimed world percussionist, bringing audiences to their feet with her passionate, graceful, and joyful performances. Lauren often surprises audiences world wide with her knowledge and virtuosity of middle eastern and Indian-drumming. They cannot believe that she is a girl from NY. A classically trained cellists, Lauren discovered hand drums at a show in Manhattan when she was 28. Later she traveled to Israel and discovered Doumbek. When she returned to the US she met her first tabla teacher, Ty Burhoe, and had a rigorous daily practice under his tutelage for years. In the last few years Lauren has toured nationally with her all women Mistake/Sephasrdie group called Divahn. She is a highly sought after teacher who has collaborated with Grammy Award winning artists Glen Valez and tabla master Anindo Chaterjee. She is also in demand as an accompanist for dance and recently collaborated with tribal belly dance superstar Sharon Kihara.