World Music Night with Baharat and Belly Dancers

Wednesday, August 21, 2019
Please join us for World Music and Belly 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:
Amber Joy Rava
Gabriela Figueroa
Also Performing:
Anna Breen
Ayana Alexis
Brandy Heyward
Jennifer Primosch
Lina Fatim
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 Amber Joy Rava and a guest musician
7:30-8:00pm Doors Open
8:00-10:00pm Show
10:00-10:30pm Open Floor Djam
$15 Early Bird / $20 Tier 1 / $25 at the Door / $15 after 9:30pm.
Plus 1 drink or food item if seated at the bar
or 2 drink or food items if seated at a table
Tickets are general admission and non-refundable.

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TABLE RESERVATIONS: Text Lindy at (929)497-6304 with your name and number of people you want seated at your table.
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.
GABRIELA FIGUEROA’s journey with belly dance began 7 years ago as a self-taught dancer. She began her formal instruction with Natalie el Ghoul; a contemporary dancer and choreographer at La Fábrica in Guayaquil, Ecuador. At La Fabrica Gabriela discovered her passion for Middle Eastern dance and continued her studies in Quito, Ecuador at Frente de Danza Independiente with Carolina Cruz, a professional dancer and certified somatic teacher where she learned how to view movements from the inside.
Gabriela teaches belly dance regularly in the New Jersey area focusing her class on creating community and integrating body and mind through dance.
In 2015 Gabriela became a member of Natalia Nazario’s Raks Al Zahra troupe. In 2018, Gabriela took the Bellyqueen Teacher Training Course led by Kaeshi Chai. She continues to grow and improve each day by regularly studying with many renowned teachers.
ZENAIDE: As a performer, teacher and choreographer of Oriental dance, Zenaide cut her teeth as a child entertainer on Latin American TV variety shows. She discovered the Serena Technique of Belly Dance at the age of 17 and developed a passion for dance that burns brightly to this day. Her dance education included working with some of the most celebrated and revered Middle Eastern dance masters.
Zenaide featured prominently in the top Middle Eastern nightclubs during the “Egyptian Era” in New York and also toured Europe, Asia and North Africa. She has been a member of Serena Dance Theater, The Ahmed Hussien Dance Company and was co-founder of the Kismet Dance Ensemble.
Zenaide is a graduate of Vassar College and holds Masters Degrees in both Anthropology and Education. She is a dance educator in a New York City public school teaching creative dance for children and teaches Middle Eastern dance at Serena Dance Studios, the Harkness Dance Center of the 92nd Street Y and has been a guest teacher in the drama division of the Juilliard School for the last 5 years.