New York Oryantal Parti
Presented by Layla Isis and Mariyah
The New York Oryantal Parti is an exciting new collaboration between NYC's thriving bellydance community and renowned world musicians that is here to bring you a night of exhilarating live music and dance from Middle-East and the Mediterranean. Hearkening back to the days when the NYC nightclubs were bustling with the vibrant and diverse world music and dance scene on a nightly basis and bringing together folks from all walks of life, we invite you to join the party and get up and dance with us!
The second edition of NYOP will feature the musical talents of Avram Pengas, Rachid Halihal, George Stathos, and Seido Salifoski and featured dance performances by Elena Lentini, LaUra, Layla Isis, and Mariyah, and more!
About the band:
Avram Pengas(Bouzouki, Guitar,Vocals).
Born in Greece, Pengas's extraordinary talent and quicksilver fingers led him from playing lead guitar in the Israeli Air Force Band to performing at New York's celebrated venues, such as Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Town Hall. A skilled musical arranger, lead guitarist and self-taught virtuoso on the bouzouki, Pengas creates music that is rooted in the Mediterranean and the Middle East and draws upon Eastern and Western musical elements. In the early 70s, Pengas appeared at El Avram and the Cafe Feenjon nightspots in New York City. In 1979, he opened his own nightclub, "Noga" in the heart of New York's Greenwich Village. It was there that he and a close circle of versatile, like-minded performers showcased heir wide-ranging tastes and talents as a part of the Noga Group.
For tonight's New York Oryantal Parti, Avram brings together and exciting group of esteemed musical colleagues.
World-class musician Rachid Halihal (Violin, Oud, Vocals) of Fez, Morocco. Who brings to the community the true character and spirit of musics from the classical Egyptian repertoire which is much loved throughout theMiddle East; from the Fertile Crescent; from diverse regions of Morocco and North Africa; and also the mesmerizing music of the Arabian Gulf.
A native New Yorker of Greek ancestry, George Stathos (Clarinet) is well known in the NYC Turkish and Greek music scene. His improvisational talent is featured on modern Greece’s hottest pop single “Lene Yia Mena” and the wildly popular film My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
Macedonian-Roma drummer Seido Salifoski (Dumbek) has played in Balkan and Middle Eastern style for thirty years. He is known for his unique virtuosity playing with notable musicians such as Tarkan,Omar Faruk tekbilek, Ivan Milev,Ivo Papazov and Avram Pengas, while exploring his roots in his own group Romski Boji.
About the dancers:
The New York Oryantal Parti is the creation of renowned NYC based bellydancers Layla Isis and Mariyah. The duo are co-founders of Entelechy Dance Theatre and Infinity Bellydance, as well long-time members of The Dalia Carella Dance Collective, Zikrayat, and more. In addition to their thriving solo careers in the Middle Eastern dance world, Mariyah and Layla have collaborated in countless theatrical productions, instructional and performance DVDs and taught workshops around the world . Notable credits include Lincoln Center, Town Hall, United Nations, The Bellydance Superstars, Late Night with Conan O'Brian, Dr. Oz, HBO's Vinyl, and Sex and The City 2. They are thrilled to be joined tonight by Elena Lentini and LaUra.
Elena Lentini, dancer, teacher and choreographer, trained in Middle Eastern Dance with Ibrahim Farrah, Mime with Stephan Neidzialkowsky and Christoper Yeatman of the Polish Mime Theatre and Flamenco with Mariano Parra, Maria Alba, and Victorio Khorjian. Lentini formed Caravanserai Dance Theatre in 1988, presenting original choreographies expressing an abstract vision of the myths and rituals of ancient civilizations returning again and again to its celebrated themes of evolution and metamorphosis. She is one NYCs most celebrated and respected dance legends.
LaUra was born in Uzbekistan and studied classical ballet as well as various Russian and Uzbek folk dances. Since the age of 15 she has been devoted to the art of Middle Eastern dance. She is one of today's most accomplished and enchanting dance artists. She has performed extensively in the US, and has shared the stage with Arabic stars Nawal El-Zoghbi and Fadel Chaker. She is also featured in numerous videos including IAMED's Belly Dance-O-Rama 2, and Ana Berna's Belly Dance TV: Volume 3. LaUra is the founder, director and choreographer of the NYC troupe BellyTrance, which brings to life LaUra's dazzling vision of dance in stunning Las Vegas style performances.