Taiko, Violin, Riffs
Nikolai Ruskin is a multi instrumentalist known for his skill on a variety of instruments from around the Middle East.
His influences range from Egyptian folk music to sweeping cinematic scores to Japanese Taiko drums, Gypsy violins and grinding heavy metal riffs.
He carries a passion for visual art and storytelling into his musical aesthetic, crafting his own unique and moving style. Outside of the studio he has performed traditional Middle Eastern music, world fusion, punk rock, metal, Indian and Celtic music. On the stage Nikolai specializes in Middle Eastern percussion instruments as well as the Oud (the Arabic lute), Nay (an end blown flute), Zurna (double reed shawm) and Rababa (an Egyptian horse hair spike fiddle). In the studio he can be heard playing kanun (a Turkish zither), violin, guitar, bass, drum kit and cello. Nikolai composes in a variety of styles including Middle Eastern, world fusion, orchestral, funk, rock, electronic and heavy metal. http://www.nikolairuskin.com/