Persian Music Ensemble's music is infused with the lyrical poetry of Rumi and Hafez, as well as Sufi repertoire including Persian Ghazal, Arabic folk songs and Turkish sacred songs (Illahi). Instrumentation includes the rich sound of the Persian Setar, the Arabic Oud and world percussion.
$20 for the evening program/$ 50 for both the day workshop & evening concert
Register: firstname.lastname@example.org or 845 679 5650
April Centrone is a versatile performer of drumset in the genres of hard rock, jazz, funk, world, progressive and avante-garde. Her other trademark is as a performer and educator of the riqq (Arabic tambourine), as well as the darbekkeh (goblet drum) and frame drum. Centrone is the executive director and co-founder of the New York Arabic Orchestra. For almost ten years, she was student of master Lebanese/Palestinian percussionist, Michel Baklouk Merhej, and studied Arabic music and its other instruments, including the 'ud (Arabic lute), buzuq (Arabic 'saz') and violin. She has performed with renowned Arab artists such as Marcel Khalife, Ziad Rahbani, Bassam Saba, Charbel Rouhana and Najib Shaheen.
Juliet Rabia Gentile is a spiritual representative of the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi order. Juliet regularly lectures and leads prayer ceremonies throughout New York at venues including: the U.N. General Assembly, Riverside Church, Barnard College, Cathedral St. John the Divine, New York Open Center, Omega Institute, The Abode, Union Theological, Auburn Seminary and One Spirit Learning Alliance. She teaches Sema (Sufi whirling) both privately and in groups in NYC. She is a vocalist and percussionist in several ensembles including Persian Music Ensemble, American Sufi Project, Brooklyn Raga Massive, Future Tribe and with Alessandra Belloni and I Guillari di Piazza.
Anne-Marie Poulos is an enthusiast of traditional Arabic music and a dedicated student of percussion instruments such as the darbekke, riqq and frame drum. Anne-Marie enjoys singing Islamic nasheeds with a women's group based on Long Island called Melodies for the Divine. She is also a teacher of both Arabic and Spanish languages.