Be swept away to the Mediterranean with the Avram Pengas Ensemble!
Avram Pengas – Vocals + Guitar
Nick Mandoukos – Vocals + Guitar
Damian Dudu – Violin
Mishaal Mahari (Bali)
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
10:00-10:30pm Open Floor Djam
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Early Bird $15
Tier 1 $20
At the door $25
Plus one drink or food item
DETAILED BIOS (Listed alphabetically)
AVRAM PENGAS is a master guitarist and bouzouki player in the Greek/Middle Eastern tradition. He plays to a regular crowd of Israelis, restauranteurs and the occasional bellydancer in downtown manhattan. He has released numerous albums and his latest “Santorini ” pulsates with Greek and Turkish rhythms, Israeli pop, sinuous Arabic melodies, Latin beats, Armenian dance sounds- all done up in a fresh, crisp production. Pengas’ extreme virtuosity has garnered him accolades from among the best in the music community. Israeli guitarist Yosi Piamenta describes Pengas as “a guitarist that I every time admire to watch him play”.
DAMIAN DUDU was born in Romania. From his early age, he started playing violin and he attended the very famous university named “UNIVERSITATEA DIN CRAIOVA Department of Music”. Then, he moved in Athens, Greece and he attended the very well-known conservatory “FILIPPOS NAKAS”. He also started to teach violin to young children. During his 15-year presence in Greece, he collaborated with the most famous artists in Europe such as Anna Vissi, Antonios Remos, Charoula Alexiou, Sokratis Malamas and Stamatis Kraounakis. He was also playing violin with the well-known group “DIMINUITA”, which is a very successful and famous band with outstanding performances all over Europe. Some years ago, he decided to focus only to a solo career. He has been named from a lot of journalists as “The Magic Violin”. Damian has a magical way when he plays his violin to fuse the gypsy swing with the Jazz. He has appeared as a lead musician at the most distinguished organizations and venues such as Carnegie Hall, Megaron of Athens, Hunter College Theater, Herodus Atticus/Acropolis and the Greek Consulate of New York.
DORIT ELENA is an award winning Middle Eastern Dancer and performance coach. She has performed worldwide from local stages to Hollywood films. A specialist in improvisation to live music, Dorit has always been sought out by musicians who want to work with a dancer who understands the music.
Dorit is also a musician and singer/songwriter. These two career paths intersect and compliment each other.
As a teacher and performance coach, she instantly can see where improvements can be made, and has a very special knack for teaching anyone what to listen for to allow their own creativity within the dance to match the improvised music.
KAESHI CHAI is a world-fusion bellydancer 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 empowerment and social change through dance and music. Kaeshi has performed and taught extensively internationally, and is an alumni member of the Bellydance Superstars, Jillina’s Bellydance Evolution and Kenji William’s Bella Gaia. One of her all time joys is dancing to live music. In addition to her years on stages from Las Vegas and beyond, from 2007-2017 she curated the weekly Djam Under Jebon event for dancers and musicians to create and play together in the East Village of NYC. She teaches at the Bellyqueen School of Dance, leads creative labs using Sprint methodology to create full length theatrical dance shows in 3-4 days and curates an annual PURE Conference. Her mission is to develop bellydance as a stage art and explore its powerful, healing properties. https://bellyqueen.com | www.pureglobe.org | www.kaeshi.com
MISHAAL has been sharing sacred dance offerings around the world for over 30 years. She loves dancing barefoot in nature, connecting with the elements, the spirit of the land, and the ancient ones. As a professional dancer, and instructress, she weaves her lifelong taste for the deep and mystical into her art, and her classes. She loves coming together with women in circle, where they can relax, awaken, transform, and honor their divine feminine essence through dance and sisterhood. She is devoted to bringing the healing energy of feminine wisdom, beauty, and love out to our world through dance. Its time. Mishaal is teaching a workshop organized by Lale Sayoko on Sunday July 28 12-3pm at CRS https://crsny.org/index.php/event/shaktidance-workshop-with-mishaal/?fbclid=IwAR08rPQbhx0A69YMElgD2anlvQb232ikrZ8bqqzo29luLv8pr_MmP3wFAgk
NICK MANDOUKOS is a professional musician based in NYC
RONI YAARI, owner of Inner Spirit, is a world-renowned performer who has appeared on numerous television shows, including Best of Broadway and CNN. She has performed for Giorgio Armani and toured extensively throughout the Middle East and Asia giving solo concerts and instructional classes.
Roni is an exceptional dancer, having studied bellydance for many years, but it is her passion for dance that mesmerizes her audience wherever she goes. Her talent is unparalleled. With a smile she captivates her audience and makes them feel like they are part of the show.
Roni can perform many bellydance styles including Middle Eastern and Indian. She is practiced in the use of many props like veil, candles, wings, fans, cane, zills and sword. She can also perform other dance styles such as flamenco and Hawaiian. Her belly dancing can be classical or modern and she can also fuse styles, like folk or tribal, into her dance according to the feel of her audience.
Roni utilizes all her talents in every performance and never fails to create a stunning show. www.innerspirityoga.com
SEIDO SALIFOSKI – A Macedonian Roma, Seido has played dumbek in Balkan and Middle Eastern style for thirty years. He is known for his unique virtuosity in the U.S., Canada and Europe, playing with notable musicians such as Tarkan,
Omar Faruk Tekbilek, Ivan Milev, and Ivo Papazov. While exploring his roots in his own group Romski Boji, he is also a member of influential Balkan-jazz quarter Paradox Trio.