Songs of the Dance
Middle eastern percussion meets the gypsy violin with this exciting live recording of improvisations between musicians and belly dancers. This recording was made over several months of dance sessions in Topanga Canyon, Ca. Melanie Kareem teaches a weekly class that features live musicians. As a result, there were many oportunities for live interaction between the musicians and dancers. Over the weeks, a core group began to evolve to accompany the group of ladies--who ranged from 10-60. Mothers and daughters, all dressed in traditional Turkish/Gypsy clothing with headdresses, scarves, zills (the metalic hand castinets) and jewelery would come share a beautiful, sensual and feminine bonding experience in the canyon. Musicians: Jamie Papish------Middle Eastern Percussion Ted Falcon--------Acoustic and Electric Violins Melanie Kareem----Finger Cymbals, Zagareets, Sighs David Martinelli--Arabic Tamborine, Frame Drum Laura Wyrd--------Turkish Doumbek, Frame Drum Jason Naylor------Bass Doumbek, Frame Drum Scott Grusen------Cumbus (Turkish Banjo)on Track 2 & 4.