Near East Night with Rachid, Seido, Karavan Sarai & Dancers

Sunday, November 10, 2019
Join us for the final Djam NYC for 2019 and journey through Arabia, Eastern Europe and the Silk Road through music and dance!
Rachid Halihal (Vocals, Violin, Oud)
Seido Salifoski (Percussion)
Narayan Sijan from “Karavan Sarai” (Oud, Vocals)
Anahid Sofian
Julia Kulakova
Kaeshi Chai
Tava Naiyin
Anahid Sofian’s students
Gabriela Figueroa’s students
Kaeshi Chai’s Students: Alexis Madera, Caroline Parsons, Charlie Le Grice, Chantal Mariani, Christine Feller, Diana Quinlan, Farah Rose Smith, Kassia Leon, Nancy Eder, Ninette Gironella, Marie Richardson
Tava Naiyin’s students
Ti Gi
Engine Room New York, 707 8th Ave, downstairs, New York, NY 10036 between 44th and 45th St
6:30-7:00pm Doors Open
7:00-9:30pm Show
$15 Early Bird / $20 Tier 1 / $25 at the Door / $15 after 8:30pm.
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 BIOGRAPHIES (Listed Alphabetically)
ANAHID SOFIAN is internationally recognized as one of the most versatile and innovative artists in the field of Middle Eastern dance, and is one of the pioneers in taking Oriental Dance out of the nightclub and onto the concert stage. She has performed both as soloist and with her company in such mainstream venues as The Museum of Modern Art Sculpture Garden, the United Nations, the Uris Theatre on Broadway and Carnegie Hall, and was the first oriental dancer to be accepted into the New York Dance Festival at the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park. She has also been hired to curate numerous performances including the Middle Eastern Festivals held at Town Hall in New York. Ms. Sofian established her studio in NYC in 1972, where she offers instruction on regional styles, choreography, structured improvisation, costume making, and music and rhythms for the dance.  Her classes are structured after classical dance and include a thorough warm-up designed for the needs of Middle Eastern dancers.  The curriculum includes levels from Basic Beginner to Professional, special topics workshops, and an annual week-long intensive.
JULIA KULAKOVA, Russian dancer from New York, celebrates the global urban culture as a mix of intellect and free nomadic Gypsy spirit. The Observer’s commentary “…with Ms. Kulakova swirling and simultaneously tagging at the emotions of the audience, the night was one to be remembered” is typical of reviews she has received in such publications as Time Out NY, The Daily News, The Epoch Times, The Badger Herald and The Times of India. She regularly performs for NY Gypsy Fest, NY Persian Parade, the United Nations’ Indian Club SPICE and NY Fashion Week. Ms. Kulakova is the expert in spinal flexibility and abdominal fitness and the creator of signature Silk Moves, FemVital and NY Gypsy Dance workouts, currently on the schedule at The 92nd St Y, JCC and Sarah Lawrence College. |
KAESHI CHAI is a NYC-based performer, theatrical director, teacher trainer, and award winning designer. She co-founded the professional dance company and school, Bellyqueen, and PURE (Public Urban Ritual Experiment), a global community focused on healing and social change through dance and music. Kaeshi has extensive training in contemporary dance, physical theatre and Silk Road dances spanning the Middle East to China. She has taught or performed in 47 states and 38 countries. She is an alumni member of the Bellydance Superstars, Jillina’s Bellydance Evolution and Kenji William’s Bella Gaia and curates the Djam NYC event for dancers and musicians to create and play together.
Current projects include Ocean Stories, a performance integrating art and science to create more environmental awareness, and Creative Labs in which participants conceptualize, choreograph and mount full-length theatrical dance shows in 3-4 days.
NARAYAN SIJAN was born into a family of famous artists/performers from the Balkans and Spain. From an early age in Mid-West America he was a natural on stage.
In 1994 Narayan lived in Asia for over 12 years on a shoe string budget, choosing to rather live with and like the locals then a life of comfort. He cherished these lands and continues to visit since.. He has studied and performed ethnic music from such countries as India, Turkey and Egypt for over 24 years. The mystical side of these cultures has given his music a sacred devotional tone. Composing original music to re-arranged traditional music has made Narayan an innovative and successful musician in the very busy world music scene. He mainly performs on the Arabic Oud, Turkish Saz and vocals to add a warm tone to his hypnotic music. Narayan draws from the treasure chest of his life’s experiences. He creates an alchemy of music, storytelling and beauty. It is close to his heart to touch all listeners deeply with his dynamic creativity and mystically mesmerizing sound.
RACHID HALIHAL – As a world-class musician, Rachid Halihal brings to the community the true character and spirit of musics from the classical Egyptian repertoire which is much loved throughout the Middle East; from the Fertile Crescent; from diverse regions of Morocco and North Africa; and also the mesmerizing music of the Arabian Gulf.
As a child, growing up in Fez, Morocco, Rachid played the nei and sang, imitating the famous singers of the time. At age fourteen he entered “Dar Aadyil” the Conservatory of Music in Fez. At first he studied Western classical and Andalus music on piano and violin. He soon expanded to include a variety of other instruments in order to better express his native music. In addition to his voice, which is best featured in the Andalus style, his strongest instruments are the oud (similar to a lute without frets) and the violin, which he plays in both the classical manner and upright resting on the knee for Moroccan folkloric music.
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.
TAVA NAIYIN is a highly acclaimed professional bellydancer based in New York City and Connecticut. A lifelong dancer and lover of music, Tava is known for her ability to connect with diverse audiences at weddings, restaurants, cultural events, birthday parties (children & adults), galas, bridal showers, and corporate events in NY, CT and NJ. She also offers lectures/educational programs for colleges, universities, women’s clubs, historical societies and schools. Tava is driven to share cultural context, history, regional styling and rhythms of the dance in order to shed stereotypes and embrace cross-cultural understanding via the arts. With performance credits spanning the East Coast (from Maryland to Montreal) Tava is honored to share dynamic and celebratory bellydance performances with audiences all over. She credits her teachers, mentors and colleagues for their continued inspiration to learn and grow as a dancer.
Over the course of her career, Tava has developed a reputation as one of the top bellydancers in NY and CT. Described as “soulful, engaging and expressive,” Tava embodies the music and pulls everyone into a shared experience.