“Music should be so powerful such that one is powerlessly dragged to the unknown. It should invade the listener’s mind to the point of losing awareness.” -Amir Vahab
The Amir Vahab Ensemble was formed by Amir Vahab in New York City in 1981 to perform both the mystical music of the Sufis and the folkloric music of different regions of Iran & Turkey. The aim of Amir Vahab Ensemble is to draw the listener’s attention to the spiritual dimension of existence. The ensemble features Mr. Vahab (vocals, tanbur, tar, setar, saz, Oud, ney, daf, Dohol and zarb) together with a rotating group (of over 40 people) from musicians of diverse national and ethnic backgrounds, chosen depending on the focus of the performance.
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
CLASS COST: https://bellyqueen.com/classes/prices/
$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.
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DETAILED BIOGRAPHIES (Listed Alphabetically)
AMARIA SELENE bio coming soon
ANNA PIPOYAN started her dancing journey at 5 years old. She has studied for 12 years and graduated with and excellency diploma from University of art music an dance choreography of Russian ballet in Armenia. She immigrated to New York in her teens with a dream to have her own dance company.She took courses of business and communication in La Guardia community college in Queens N.Y while trained in Broadway dance center NYC and danced professionally and choreographed her own dance pieces since. Specifically she is trained in classical ballet, Armenian and Russian folk dance, Flamenco, Belly dance, Bollywood and Latin ballroom. http://www.annapipoyan.com
AMIR VAHAB is considered one of the most celebrated and distinguished composers, performers and vocalists of Sufi and Middle Eastern folk music. The New York Times calls him the “ambassador for a silenced music.” Honored as a peacemaker, Amir Vahab’s virtuosos weave fiery instrumentals and songs of the historic lands of the Middle East and Central Asia; his work transcends political boundaries while maintaining traditional sensibilities in a way few artists can manage. His music is rooted in tradition, but has been influenced by contemporary sounds. Like Amir himself, his music symbolizes diversity-in-unity. His performances have been recognized worldwide and have inspired many music students. Amir Vahab is currently teaching and lecturing private and group classes in universities, libraries, museums and cultural centers, while also organizing music therapy and sound healing workshops. For more information: www.tanbour.org
KAESHI CHAI is a NYC based artist who integrates dance, theatre and teaching to empower and shift consciousness through performance projects such as “Ocean Stories” and PURE (Public Urban Ritual Experiment). She produces the annual PURE Conference focused on topics like Love, Peaceful Warrior and the 5 elements.
She is the artistic director of Bellyqueen, the school and dance company, and facilitates creative labs in which participants generate full-length theatrical dance shows in 3-4 days. She has toured extensively with the Bellydance Superstars, Bellydance Evolution and Bella Gaia. She founded the Djam NYC event in August 2007. www.kaeshi.com | www.bellyqueen.com | www.pureglobe.org
WENDI WENG bio coming soon