Music of the Great 7 with Bayat Ensemble
$25 in advance, $30 at the door With singers Fadi Hanani, Fatima Lahlou, and Safwan Daya, the Bayat Music Ensemble is directed by master composer and violinist Fathi al-Jarrah, and features some of the San Francisco Bay Area's greatest Middle Eastern musicians. They focus their repertoire on the works of the great Arab singers, including Umm Kulthum, Abdel Halim Hafez, and Farid al-Atrash. Founded in 1996 and under the artistic direction of Suhaila Salimpour, The Suhaila Dance Company is comprised of some of the most highly trained dancers in belly dance. It performs across the country in various styles of traditional and fusion belly dance. Salimpour is an acclaimed performer, teacher, and choreographer of belly dance. Schooled from an early age in jazz, tap, and ballet, she began integrating her extensive classical training with the styles passed on by her mother, Jamila Salimpour, who helped popularize Middle Eastern dance in the United States. The result was an artistic breakthrough that takes belly dance to a new level. Salimpour runs her acclaimed belly dance school based in Berkeley, and in addition to her own solo show of belly dance she has appeared in numerous stage productions in the United States and Europe, as well as creating instructional videos.