Djam NYC – World Music Night with Baharat & Dancers

Wednesday, July 17, 2019
Please join us for World Music, Middle Eastern and Contemporary dance night!
BAHARAT (Arabic for spice blend) is a band based in Brooklyn, they play music influenced by Middle to Far Eastern cultures. Common among those cultures is the use of microtones not found in Western music and sympathetic strings that resonate without being played directly. By combining instruments from different countries, Baharat seeks to expose the listener to music which provides a sound that is both familiar to the cultures they borrow from and unique unto itself. Performances include traditional folk songs from the Middle East along with original compositions, occasionally accompanied by guest musicians and dancers.
Michael Burdi – Oud and Vocals
Adam Maalouf – Percussion
Ben Sutin – Violin
Enrique Mancia – Bass
Featured Dancers:
Janelle Issis
Kaeshi Chai
Teresa “Te” Perez Ceccon
Also Performing:
Alexandra Amirov
Alyssa Padial
Apollonia Holzer
Farah Rose
Julie Greenberg
Rochelle Rice
Stephanie Lau
Veleda Roehl
Vija Kemanis
MCs: Kaeshi Chai & Rochelle Rice
Engine Room New York, 707 8th Ave, downstairs, New York, NY 10036 between 44th and 45th St
SCHEDULE: (Subject to change)
6:30-7:30pm Dance to Live Music Class with Kaeshi, Michael Burdi and Ben Sutin.
7:30-8:00pm Doors Open
8:00-10:00pm Show
10:00-10:30pm Open Floor
CLASS: Refer to the Bellyqueen School web site for prices
SHOW: Early Bird $15, Tier 1 $20, At the door $25, plus one drink or food item.

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DETAILED BIOs (Listed Alphabetically)
A New York City based composer and performer, Adam has shared his music in venues across the world including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, MoMA, St. Basil’s Cathedral, Tanglewood, Wolf Trap, The BANFF Center and Austin City Limits. As a collaborator, Adam has performed with ensembles such as The Brooklyn Raga Massive, Pink Martini, Ensemble Signal, The Atlanta Symphony, The National Arabic Orchestra, The Asheville Percussion All-Stars and The Gil Evan’s Centennial Project, and with artists such as Steve Reich, Eugene Frisen, Kygo, Drukmo Gyal Dakini, Lizz Wright, Jamey Haddad, Farah Siraj, Morley and many others. Adam performs regularly as a solo artist and with his world music project “Future Tribe”.
Adam holds a BA in Percussion Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY and MBA in Music Business from Berklee School of Music. After school, curiosity drew Adam to India and the Middle East to study under renowned hand-percussion masters Anindo Chatterjee, Rohan Krishnamurthy, River Guerguerian, Glen Velez.
Motivated by a diverse musical palate, Grammy nominated violinist, pianist, composer and educator, Benjamin Sutin has been residing in New York City for 8 years. He began his career in Philadelphia, where he studied with legendary jazz violinist, John Blake Jr. Sutin has since had the privilege of performing in venues such as: Carnegie Hall, NJPAC, Lincoln Center, and The Kennedy Center. Sutin has performed or recorded with the likes of David Amram, National Yiddish Theater Folksbiene, Tran-Siberian Orchestra, Arijit Singh, Larry Harlow, Bobby Sanabria, and Pandit Samir Chatterjee. Benjamin has had the honor of being on Turtle Island String Quartet’s short list of prospective violinists since 2015 though has not yet made the group. Finally, Benjamin has garnered acclaim in the jazz violin community from the likes of Jean Luc Ponty, Regina Carter, Christian Howes and Sara Caswell. Sutin graduated from Manhattan School of Music in 2015 with a BM in Jazz Violin Performance.
JANELLE ISSIS is a talented, fun loving, full blooded Palestinian American born national touring artist, choreographer, performer, certified Yogini and nutritionist. She is best known for her contagious laugh and her sultry elegance on the hit U.S. show “So You Think You Can Dance” Season 9 as the top 6th female finalist and the only classically & fusion trained bellydancer ever to hit the stage!
Currently, Janelle travels all over the United States and abroad teaching and performing on her own and with “Showstoppers On Tour” and she recently debut in her first international T-Mobil commercial with artist J.Balvin! In 2018 she made New York her home and enjoys connecting to her students of all ages and abilities at Broadway Dance Center and Alvin Ailey Extension. Janelle has her own line of Janelley Belly Dance Wear and Digital Classes. Stay up to date with Janelle’s local classes on INSTAGRAM: @JBELLYBURN
Performances, Choreography & Free Tutorials on her Youtube:, Website:
MARIYAH, is an acclaimed professional bellydance artist based in New York City. She has performed countless shows in nightclubs, private events, theater and concert stages across the US and abroad. Mariyah has earned a number of awards from respected dance competitions recognizing her distinctive and original interpretation of Oriental dance. Her performances have been described as “innovative and inspiring”, “timeless”, “passionate” and “bringing true meaning to the art form”. Mariyah’s professionalism, skill, and graceful, engaging presence have made her a highly sought after entertainer, solo artist, and company member. In 2007 Mariyah placed first in the “Queen of Raks Sharki” competition, a yearly event judged by Egyptian dance masters Dr. Mo Geddawi and Randa Kamel. Since 2002 Mariyah has been a member of the Dalia Carella Dance Collective, a contemporary, world fusion dance-theater company directed by world-renowned dancer and choreographer Dalia Carella. She is also part of the NYC-based Arabic music and dance ensemble, Zikrayat.
Bio is coming soon
KAESHI CHAI is a theatrical multi-cultural dancer and teacher trainer who co-founded the professional dance company and school, Bellyqueen, and also PURE (Public Urban Ritual Experiment), a global community of artists focused on healing and social change through dance and music. Kaeshi has performed and taught internationally, and is an alumni member of the Bellydance Superstars, and Jillina’s Bellydance Evolution. One of her all time joys is dancing to live music. In addition to her years on stages from Las Vegas and beyond, in 2007 she set up the weekly, ongoing Djam NYC event for dancers and musicians to create and play together in a safe space. | |
TERESA “TE” PEREZ CECCON ( is a professional dance artist, educator and choreographer. Over 20 years ago, Teresa first began teaching in New York City at Dance Space, later renamed Dance New Amsterdam. Presently, she is on the Simonson faculty at Gibney Dance. Teresa has a long list of choreographic achievements with diverse dance companies and students of all ages. As a performer, she has danced works by a variety of highly regarded choreographers in many New York City venues. Most recently, she was invited to dance with the Cherniak Dancers directed by Susan Cherniak.