Yasmin has been performing and teaching professionally for 30 years. She has performed at nightclubs, street fairs, festivals, private parties and community functions. Yasmin has also danced with the MB Orchestra, David Saee and Ay Yildiz Turkish band. You can also hear Yasmin's castanets in the movie, Crocodile Tears. Yasmin has traveled to North Africa to extensively learn these dances. The places Yasmin has danced and taught are Washington, Maine, Montana, Idaho and Oregon States and Morocco. She is also featured in a book, The Belly Dance Book by Tazz Richards. Yasmin is the lead percussionist with Hejira.
Omkari Emenke is a world traveler, having studied various dance forms such as salsa, merengue, bhangra, East Indian classical dance, and lately Zumba. She has travelled to Central America, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe, and incorporates her influences in her dance choreographies.
Rami El-Aasser (ramitabla.com) plays Arabic tabla, riq and percussion, and sings worldwide with groups including Raquy’s Düm, AlSarah & the Nubatones, Zikrayat, Alwan Ensemble, Alhambra, and Cafe Antarsia Ensemble. Rami's grooves also can be heard on many recordings, soundtracks, at live theatre productions and NYC Dance Haflas. He recently released 2 drum solo singles: Cacahuete and Dayerat-i-Doum. Rami offers regular classes in NYC, and is Chief Executive Tuner and Co-owner of raquydrumstore.com -- a source for high quality traditional percussion. The darbuka, aka doumbek or Arabic tabla, is a chalice drum. It holds an ocean of sounds. The riqq or deff is a frame drum or tambourine. Their voices gauges the tempo and feel of Middle Eastern music.
Emam has been trained in North Indian Classical drumming by the grand masters of tabla: Ustad Alla Rakha and Ustad Zakir Hussain. Since 1978, Emam has been traveling to India, almost yearly, spending much time there in pursuit of a greater understanding of the culture and the music. In 1991, he was awarded a scholarship for study of music in India by the American Institute of Indian Studies with funding from the Smithsonian Institute. In performances and recordings, Emam brings together musicians from around the world to collaborate and create fresh new sounds based on traditional music from various cultures. Emam's compositions have been recorded and released on various "Emam & Friends" albums available from all major online outlets. Instruments: Tabla, Dumbak, Djembe.
Eric (Pererê) Johnson
Port Townsend, WA
Pererê/Eric J. (nicknamed after the infamous red-capped forest imp of Brazilian folklore) Began learning capoeira and other Afro-Brazilian folk arts and crafts in Seattle as a student of Elisio Pita and his Aluja Capoeira Group, graduating to instructor in 1995 with Mr. Pita and later graduating to Contramestre and founding the Seattle and Portland OR chapters of Capoeira Angola Palmares with the legendary Mestre Nô of Bahia, Brazil in 2000. Over the past 25 years Pererê has become one of the most accomplished North American capoeira angola players and berimbau makers, founded his own group Vadiação de Oxossi in 2013. He is now based in Port Townsend, WA.
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