Thu, November 22nd

Christiane Karam & NYGA


Doors 10:30pm
Show 11:15pm
Advance Price $10
Door Price $15
Table Reservation (212) 777-1157

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Christiane Karam &
New York Gypsy All-Stars 

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Christiane Karam


Lebanon native Vocalist/Composer Christiane Karam's unique  style stems from her love for different musical traditions. She is the leader and founder of the award-winning ZilZALA Ensemble, which blends classical, traditional, and folk music from different regions of the Middle East and the Balkans with contemporary jazz. Their last release, "Songs of the People", was nominated for "Best World Traditional Album" at the 2011 Independant Music Awards. She has collaborated with the likes of Yanka Rupkina, Hüsnü Senlendirici, the NY Gypsy All-Stars, Pelageya, George Megardichian, Ran Blake, Bassam Saba, the New York Arabic Orchestra, Jamey Haddad, Javier Limon, the Assad Brothers, Simon Shaheen and Bobby McFerrin. She has performed at venues & festivals such as Carnegie Hall, Summerstage, Celebrate Brooklyn!, Symphony Space, the Koprivshtitsa Festival, the Plovdiv Academy & the Moscow International House of Music among others. She appeared in the 2009 PBS documentary film "The Music Instinct: Science and Song", featuring Bobby McFerrin, Daniel Levitin, Oliver Sacks, Daniel Barenboim, and Yo-Yo Ma, and has also been featured on VH1.

Christiane Karam's latest project, "Eastern Tapestries", celebrates the different vocal and rhythmic traditions of the Middle East, the Balkans and the Caucasus, and ranges from traditional renditions to in the moment contemporary interpretations and improvisations. It's a celebration of all the eastern influences that have shaped her journey, from Indian rhythms to Armenian lullbabies, from Bulgarian choral music to Arabic modes, and features incredible voices from all those traditions. It's a joyous and emotional feast for the soul and we hope you can join us for this very special event!

Christiane Karam Voice, Percussion
Tareq Rantisi Percussion
Jussi Reijonen Oud/Guitar
Tyreek Jackson Bass

Also featuring Joey Blake (Vocal Bass, Vocal Percussion),  Panagiotis Andreou (Bass, Voice), Ismail' Smajko' Lumanovski (Clarinet), 
Engin Gunaydin (Percussion), Claudia Rahardjanoto (Dance), and Members of the Berklee Balkan Choir!!

" Christiane Karam crafts her vocal interpretations with marvelous fluidity. Her performance with the ZilZALA Ensemble is creatively conceived and beautifully executed.”- (about 'Songs of the People'-  A. J. Racy, Ph.D, Classical Arabic Music Scholar & master performer)

"East and West collide in the music of the ZiLZALA Middle Eastern Ensemble...This international cast of musicians provide a distinctive flavor and an irresistible rhythm." Luke O'Neil, the Boston Globe

“Christiane  has demonstrated to a whole generation in the Boston area, the charm, sophistication and elaborate technique involved in classical Arabic music, and then went on to incorporate it into her own writing. Her projects don’t only make musical sense, but they demonstrate a supreme example of harmony in our mixed global community. She will be remembered for her musical contributions.” Jamey Haddad (master drummer/percussionist-Paul Simon, Simon Shaheen, Dave Liebman)

New York Gypsy All-Stars


A Greek bassist ducked into a little bar in New York’s Alphabet City and heard the Eastern Mediterranean and Southern Balkans pouring across the packed room. The clarinet was keening and singing, and he knew every tune.

From this blown-away moment of discovery, the New York Gypsy All-Stars sprang, uniting bi-musical virtuosi raised on the lush sounds of Macedonian, Greek, Turkish, and American roots and forged in the halls of the world’s best music schools. With composerly ears and a madcap relish for ill and crunky sounds, the quintet of crack musicians tears through the tollgates separating the region’s interlocking roots on the long-awaited album of original pieces, Romantech (Traditional Crossroads) and on tour in February with concerts in cities including Chicago and NYC.