Djam NYC – World Music Night with Next Tribe & Dancers

Wednesday, July 31, 2019
NEXT TRIBE is a band on the mission of crossing musical genres and breaking the boundaries of rock, ethnic, jam-band and pop. The unique sound of this band is made up of high energy Rock and Roll with the ethnic flavor of Flamenco guitar, Afro/Latin and Brazilian rhythms, as well as Native American, Aboriginal and eastern Indian influences. These ethnic influences came naturally to each member growing up in Brooklyn, the melting pot of New York City’s many cultures and musical sounds. A Next Tribe live performance is a full on experience for all senses. Mesmerizing and intense, passionate and energetic, bitter and sweet. From well crafted songs with hooks that will stick in your head for days, to freewheeling improvisations that make each performance a unique experience. The band formed in the spring of 2000 and within weeks scored gigs in venues such as The Mercury Lounge, The Knitting Factory and also landed daily gigs at the legendary Wetlands Preserve. In March of 2004 Next Tribe was chosen by Relix Magazine along with 9 other bands to appear on the Jam Off compilation CD. They were chosen out of 200 bands nationwide and were voted in the top 5 for the best unsigned bands for the Jam Off competition.
Rob Mastrianni – Guitar
James Criscitiello – Bass
Phil Scotti – Drums
Andrew Potenza – Percussion
Brenna Crowley
Kaeshi Chai
Maki Moves
Xianix Barrera
Plus more!
Engine Room New York, 707 8th Ave, downstairs, New York, NY 10036 between 44th and 45th St
6:30-7:30pm Dance to Live Music Class with Kaeshi and Guest Musicians
7:30-8:00pm Doors Open
8:00-10:00pm Show
10:00-11:00pm Open Floor Djam
CLASS: Refer to the Bellyqueen School web site for prices
$15 Early Bird
$20 Tier 1
$25 At the door

Plus one drink or food item

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CLASS DESCRIPTION: Learn how to play percussion and the art of dancing to live music in a safe space. Develop your musicality, express your unique self and improvise with freedom and confidence. This will be co-taught by Kaeshi Chai and guest musicians.
DETAILED BIOs (Listed Alphabetically)
BRENNA CROWLEY is an eclectic belly dance artist, choreographer and instructor in NYC, performing and teaching locally and across the country in many theatrical dance productions, belly dance festivals and other events each year since 2007. She has performed as a featured soloist as well as a member of Sera Solstice’s Solstice Ensemble, Solstice Project, and Solar Tribe, Altagracia’s Caribbean Rose Dance Company, Ayshe’s Cult of Isis Ensemble and many others. She is the director of her troupe Zilla Dance Ensemble, which was formed in 2009. Since its inception, they have performed in numerous theatrical shows, belly dance festivals and other dance events each year. The dancers that make up this ensemble come from all walks of life and various belly dance disciplines; together they celebrate the exuberance of movement and music.
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. | |
MAKI MOVES is a dancer and performing artist who relocated to New York city in 2012 from Nagoya, Japan. She has a background in hip hop, Cuban Salsa, Reggaeton, Egyptian belly dance and Tribal Fusion. She is one of the principal dancers and instructors of Sahara Layla from the Hermes Dance Company and has trained in the Bellyqueen style since 2005. Maki Moves has performed in NYC, Japan, Australia and Thailand and has taken respected Teacher Training programs led by Tamalyn Dallal and Bellyqueen. She was a competition winner with Bellydance Evolution in Sydney, Australia and was selected as the very first belly dance choreographer to be showcased at the prestigious 2014 7th Annual Choreographer’s Canvas in NYC.
XIANIX BARRERA, a native New Yorker, began her artistic studies in ballet, modern, jazz, and percussion. Since discovering flamenco, she has trained in New York and Spain under the guidance of distinguished flamenco masters including Concha Vargas, Carmen Ledesma, Andres Peña, Raquel Heredia, and La Lupi. Xianix has shared the stage with artists such as Isabel Bayón, Raquel Heredia “La Repompilla”, Rosario Toledo, Soledad Barrio, and Juan Ogalla in prominent venues including the Joyce Theater, Lincoln Center, Tablao El Duende in Copenhagen, the Red Theater in Abu Dhabi, and Cafe Silverio in Sevilla.
In 2012 she founded Xianix Barrera Flamenco Company, which produces flamenco performances and workshops that highlight bold and tenacious female artists and their unapologetically robust femininity. Queer themes, female empowerment, sexual identity and social justice color her choreographic work. Her most recent production, “Mujeres (Women)”, featured a rare all-female flamenco cast, featuring revered guitarist Antonia Jiménez. Xianix was one of eight choreographers chosen for the Emerging Choreographer Series at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center produced by Mare Nostrum Elements. She was an Artist in Residence with Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, is a SU-CASA community arts engagement grantee and a scholarship recipient for the Cultural Traditions Flamenco Program at the School of Jacob’s Pillow.
In addition to being an accomplished performer, Xianix is a highly sought-after teacher giving master flamenco workshops for the Joyce Theater and New York City Center during its annual Flamenco Festival. She currently teaches flamenco dance to adults, children and seniors in New York City.