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GBDAC2017 KOUNTDOWN


Send me a sign, throw in the towel, or throw me a NET!!


To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.
~Henri Bergson, French philosopher

And because Monsieur Bergson’s statement is so true, I find myself – once again - needing to pump the breaks, take a step or 2 back; you know... STOP SHAKING THE SNOW GLOBE!

Send me a sign, throw in the towel, or throw me a NET!!


A Previous NET

I thought I was giving up belly dance!  I thought I was traversing my exit ramp!  I was moving out of my own studio where I taught 15 hours per week, where 5 other teachers taught a class or two each, and where approximately 300 students per week came to dance.  I was moving from that to teaching just 4 hours per week at another studio, and I was “certain” that the next step was complete retirement.  I had been having much more fun working toward a successful studio than I was having running one.  And after all, I was 45 years old.  Enough was enough.  Aaaaand there were things going on in my personal life that supported this thinking.

But a funny thing happens when you stop shaking the snow globe.  The snow settles to the bottom and the forms in the globe become visible.  Clarity is a beautiful thing!

In 2007/2008 the NET (that would be the “Next Exciting Thing”) became clearer and clearer.  And in true Karen fashion, I focused on that thing and crushed my accelerator onto and through the floorboard of my life!  (I’ve chosen, over the years, to characterize this behavior as a ‘trait of’ as opposed to a ‘flaw in’ my personality.  : )

Here’s what happened:

Dancers who had been accustomed to taking several hours of classes each week at the large studio began to ask for private lessons.  I’d never really done that before!

We would work on technique, choreography/ies and, over time, we began to work on the concepts that I believe are important for improvisation to live music.   In the process, I was able to reconnect with live Arabic music in a way that I hadn’t felt since my time dancing in the night clubs in the late 80s and 90s.  And the best part was watching ALL of us – dance students and me – grow in our understanding of what makes it all work on stage!  The results of this work inspired new ideas for classes in the studio and workshops on the road!

After a two year GBDAC hiatus (in 2008, 2009) the annual shows started up again -  but this time the live music component had additional attention.  Gradually, as the years continued, those who chose to work with me in this manner began traveling to Houston for periodic practices to live music and I began to add additional musicians to our Houston band family when it was time for the actual GBDAC show!  The challenges that were presented to the dancers by adding new musicians with new instruments caused even more discernable development – in every aspect of their dance and in every aspect of my teaching!  So the idea grew and grew and grew and now... GBDAC2017!

Trapped in my own NET!    

GBDAC2017 – the show that makes the stage manager laughingly ask “and with all of those musicians on stage Karen, where will the dancers be?”  

Interestingly, I’ve caught myself talking about this show to people and saying something like “yeah, we’re dancing...but really….you have to come hear these musicians!!!!!”

You see, from 1999 – 2003 Karavan put on TWO shows a year versus the ONE that we have been doing since my previous NET attack:  one was a ‘recital’ for all students.  That show was somewhat informal and held at Demo’s Greek Restaurant.  

BTW: Whenever I travel and teach workshops, I am reminded of how many dancers would KILL for a chance to perform weekly somewhere like Demo's – however informally, and for however small an audience.  I’m sure several dancers who read this will feel the same way.  

The other show was with a select group of about a dozen of the more ‘serious’ dancers.  That show was held at Jump-Start theater. 

We would have live music on the last day of our recital at Demo’s – but it was never more than 4 musicians and the dancing was really just a free-for-all.  We occasionally had live music at the theater shows, but we performed detailed choreographies to it and the full week of rehearsals – WITH the musicians - was grueling!!

Somehow, since coming back from my break in 2007,  it appears that I have managed to merge these two types of shows.  Interesting!  I blame my renewed and enhanced excitement for live music for the merge. : )  But regardless of why it happened, the truth is that the merging of two shows with such disparate characteristics/requirements has introduced quite a bit of confusion and frustration – for many of the parties involved, including moi.

Light Bulbs and Carrots

In a conversation with a fellow dancer that I have known for decades, I thought it all through a little deeper.  20 years ago – when I was 35 – I tended to attract people in their 20s, 30s, and 40s into my classes.  People in that phase of their lives seem to have a willingness to set aside some serious time for dancing.  Actually, I now believe, they just have a different concept of time in general.

And now – at the age of 55 – I tend to attract people in their 40s, 50s, and 60s into my classes.  No big surprise there.  Most of these people have very different priorities... even when they are the same people that were in my classes 20 years ago!!  There’s just not as much time available for dancing - or perhaps their bodies won’t do it even if they wanted to - or perhaps there are completely different reasons for having the dance as a part of their life right now.

It makes sense that these people think I’m a lunatic when I scream obscenities at rehearsals where dancers give what I perceive to be a half-ass rendition of a dance that will be performed to live music.  I mean THEY didn’t ask for live music.  THEY didn’t ask for the big theater.  That’s MY thing.  And while the amount of time they put into dancing might not be what **I** consider a lot, **THEY** consider it a lot.  AND many of them don’t have the memory of the shows 20 years ago when it was different.  I’m pretty sure these dancers must think I’m nuts.

While I ‘get it’ at some level, I’ve drawn no definitive conclusions from all of this...LOL.  It’s all just illumination - and more fodder for the decision to put the damned globe on the shelf for a while!!!

In a conversation with yet another fellow dancer that I have known for decades, I expressed my fear that the array of musicians that take the stage on the Sunday night of our 3-night show is actually my singular inspiration for absolutely everything else that takes place at the studio all year long!  

Instead of how it used to be when the NET first appeared in approx... 2009 - with my rekindled love for live music serving everything that I did in the studio – perhaps it has all turned around and now I use the live music much like a carrot is used for a mule – it’s the thing that keeps me mindlessly moving forward.  In my case, the carrots are named Ahmad on keyboards, Houssam and Rami on percussion, our star singer Jabour, Georges on violin, Naser on oud , Michael on nay, Miguel also on percussion, etc.  (I’ve been known to add a carrot or two each year – like every addict whose previous hit is no longer enough.)  

The fellow dancer said “Oh no, Karen... I don’t really think that’s what’s happening.”  But the look on her face and the silence that followed suggested otherwise.  Or maybe it didn’t.  I couldn’t tell.  Right now, it doesn’t really matter.  I have a HUGE recital right around the corner...

... and Puppies!

I have never been a “dog person”.  And my Facebook friends will call me a liar!  I certainly seem to be one now!  

Having adopted Rally in 2015 and then littermates Jackson and DeeDee in March of this year, I spend anywhere from 4 to 6 hours a day dealing with my doggies; in pairs, one at a time, at home in pairs, at home one at a time, on field trips in pairs, on field trips one at a time, just hanging out in pairs, you get the drift.  I still have not had all three together!  When that happens, I will have yet another combination of personalities to experience and will get to add more hours.  :-O

At a certain point, I had to ask myself what I was avoiding - since this was not normal behavior for me and it sometimes felt like make-work.  When I made a comment like this to a dog trainer who was helping me hold it all together, she said “or maybe it’s just balance.”  BAM!  I’ve heard of that – balance.  I had always defined it as “an excuse for lack of focus”.  But maybe I was wrong.  And maybe she’s right.  I don’t know.  I can’t tell.  Right now, there’s just way too much snow!  Aaaaand once again, the dance snow is mixed with snow from my personal life.

And so all I know for sure-ish is the following:

  1. Project Band is out of control and over budget by about 500%. : )  LOLOLOL.  I can’t continue it in its current configuration.
  2. The entire state of Texas should be at GBDAC2017 because this assembly of musicians is not likely to happen again any time soon, if ever.
  3. GBDAC2018 will happen – in some form – but it won’t look like GBDAC2017 or GBDAC2016 or GBDAC2015, etc.
  4. For the Fall Semester, I will be teaching group and private lessons on Sat, Sun, Mon, and Tues.  I’ll also be teaching on Wednesdays, but just early in the day.  THEN no more classes for me for the week until 10:30 Beginners on Saturday!!  Other teachers will be occupying the prime time slots on Wed and Thurs evenings (and Friday noon if they wish) OR they will be available for rental.  (The full schedule of group classes will be out soon if it isn’t by the time you read this.)  I’ll likely be in the studio alot – but sitting at my computer with Excel - watching the snow fall.  : )  This is a big change from my current schedule - 30 hours of lessons over 7 days per week.
  5. My lease is up in Feb 2018 should the settled snow suggest that something large needs to happen.
  6. I’m always excited to see who is going to chat with me about taking over when I put things like #5 above in writing.  (Hey…I’m bound to let the studio go some time!)  My door is open to enthusiasts. : )
  7. The Online Class concept/site needs serious re-evaluation.
  8. I am not the owner of anything that we have done – just the owner of Karavan.  If some of you Karavaners want to hire a band, rent a theater, have a show, start your own online classes, not wait for my snow…. GO FOR IT!  I’ll give you any info. you need that I can get to you quickly!!!  I don’t want to stifle anyone in any way while I ponder the NET for my personal dance career and for Karavan Studio.  
  9. GBDAC2017 is going to be an amazingly epic milestone for Karavan!
  10. The NET – in some form – always appears.  I’m looking forward to watching it come into focus!!  For now, on with the show!!!!


When I no longer thrill to the first snow of the season, I’ll know I’m growing old
~ Lady Bird Johnson


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GBDAC2017 Kountdown - Week 1: Diana Soto


GBDAC2017 | Diana Soto
As you know, Karavan Online attracts belly dancers and students from all throughout the U.S. and the world.  While a number of them will be part of our multimedia performances at GBDAC2017, we have several who are coming into San Antonio to perform for you, including Diana Soto who recently contributed a guest workshop to Karavan Online.

Diana is an up-and-coming Puerto Rican choreographer, performer and dance professor. Her style is peppered with a creative flair while cultivating a clear technique and genuine feeling grounded in Arab dance.

She is the director of the Belly Dance Para Todos dance school and the Phoenix Al Danse Collective. Diana is also the mastermind behind Raks Caribe, Arab Dance Intensive.  In addition, she is a dance professor at the University of Puerto Rico.

GBDAC2017 | Diana Soto

Diana recently taught a workshop at the Houston Oriental and Folklore Festival entitled “From Sweet to Fierce”.  The workshop – an exploration in use of the gaze, management of energy, and building moments to create a dynamic performance – was recorded and is being made available to Karavan Online Students!

Diana will be performing to LIVE music on Sunday of GBDAC2017 with the Karavan Dancers who participate in “Project Band”.

Want to see Diana Soto live July 23, 2017?

Be sure to get your #GBDAC2017 tickets for our 21st annual "Give Belly Dance A Chance" weekend of belly dance recitals and live music performances.

Our special guests include:
  • Georges Lammam (violin) from San Francisco, CA on Saturday and Sunday
  • Naser Musa (oud) from Los Angeles, CA on Saturday and Sunday
  • Michael Ibrahim (nay) from Detroit, Michigan on Saturday and Sunday
  • Miguel Crespo (percussionist) from Bogota, Colombia on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Hassan Harfouche (debke dancer) from Los Angeles, CA on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • The Byblos Band (keyboards and percussion) from Houston, TX with Ahmad, Rami, and Houssam Ghafour on Sunday with acclaimed singer Jabour Bakla
We also have a special treat that you don't want to miss.  
Keep an eye out for information coming soon!

Not able to attend the live performances?

Enjoy each of our recitals and the Sunday live music performances from anywhere in the world via livestream.  It's the perfect way to bring together friends and family, or even your belly dance troupe, to celebrate GBDAC2017 with us.

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GBDAC2017 Kountdown - Week 2: Naser Musa


As always, we are delighted to have Naser Musa here in San Antonio for GBDAC2017 and this year he will be performing both Saturday and Sunday nights!

Naser Musa is recognized by critics of middle eastern music as a talented singer, a gifted songwriter, an Oud virtuoso, an award winning composer, and a versatile studio musician. 

GBDAC2017 | Naser Musa


Naser Musa has composed, arranged, and recorded numerous projects in the Middle East and in the United States. His recording, among others, include the "Arabia 3D" sound track: winner of the GSCA award for best score and best sound track of 2010, "Khaliji" (RT Productions): a collection of folk songs from the Arabian Gulf region, and "Christmas and Beyond "(SahaRaneen Productions): a collection of Western Christmas carols and Arabic church hymns.

Naser Musa’s name appears on dozens of albums, including contributions on projects for Hollywood with John Debney and John Cameron among others. He has recorded with pop stars Shakira, Beyonce and Michael Sembello. 

GBDAC2017 | Naser Musa
Naser Musa has shared the stage with Lebanese vocalists, Sabah and Ragheb Alame, and Egyptian vocalists, Hani Shaker and Hakim. Naser’s Oud was heard on the soundtrack of the film "The Passion of the Christ" by director Mel Gibson.

An active and sought after performer, Naser has performed at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Hollywood Bowl, the United Nations and Chicago’s Symphony Hall. He toured the United States, South America and the Middle East, and he regularly performs with prominent ethnomusicologists Dr. A. J. Racy of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and Dr. Scott Marcus of the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).

Mr. Musa was featured as a soloist with the Cairo Orchestra during its 2005 U.S. tour with Grammy award winners Youssou N’Dour, of Senegal and Egyptian producer and arranger Fathy Salama. 

For the past 5 years Naser has been touring worldwide with highly acclaimed Persian band Niyaz and world renowned singer Azam Ali. The Washington Post described his compositions as “stirring”; the Beirut Times described him as one of the most versatile vocalists and Oud masters of the Middle East; and the Al Qabas newspaper of Kuwait described him as a talented songwriter with a soothing voice that touches the heart.

A Jordanian of Palestinian decent, Naser Musa started playing Oud, a Middle Eastern lute, and studying Arabic music, at an early age while living in Amman, Jordan. He moved to the United States in 1982 and continued his studies of music at California Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA.

His artistic versatility and sense of musical adventure have enabled him to experiment with the blending of different musical elements and artistic styles. Throughout his career, his objective has been to combine Arabic maqams: melodic structures or series of phrases based on Arabic scales, with Western elements in order to present a style of Arabic music that is understood and appreciated by the Western listener.

Naser Musa is in great demand as an Oud and vocal instructor, giving lectures at colleges and universities and organizing workshops. He has been on the faculty at the Middle Eastern Music and Dance Camp in Mendocino, California since 1999 and at the Heartland Seminar of Arabic Music in Racine, Milwaukee since 2004. He also represented the Arab world in the World Culture Open in 2004, in New York, NY.

Naser continues his work as a peace activist by performing and promoting concerts and presentations with artists from all over the world, He performed his award winning song Salam at the United Nations ‘60th year celebration in 2004.

Want to see Naser Musa live July 22 - 23, 2017?

Be sure to get your #GBDAC2017 tickets for our 21st annual "Give Belly Dance A Chance" weekend of belly dance recitals and live music performances.

Our special guests include:
  • Georges Lammam (violin) from San Francisco, CA on Saturday and Sunday
  • Naser Musa (oud) from Los Angeles, CA on Saturday and Sunday
  • Michael Ibrahim (nay) from Detroit, Michigan on Saturday and Sunday
  • Miguel Crespo (percussionist) from Bogota, Colombia on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Hassan Harfouche (debke dancer) from Los Angeles, CA on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • The Byblos Band (keyboards and percussion) from Houston, TX with Ahmad, Rami, and Houssam Ghafour on Sunday with acclaimed singer Jabour Bakla
We also have a special treat that you don't want to miss. 
Keep an eye out for information coming soon!

Not able to attend the live performances?

Enjoy each of our recitals and the Sunday live music performances from anywhere in the world via livestream.  It's the perfect way to bring together friends and family, or even your belly dance troupe, to celebrate GBDAC2017 with us.

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GBDAC2017 Kountdown - Week 6: Michael Ibrahim


GBDAC2017 | Michael Ibrahim
Karavan Studio welcomes Michael Ibrahim for his first of hopefully many visits to San Antonio.  He will be accompanying our other musicians on the nay on Saturday and Sunday at GBDAC2017.

Michael Ibrahim is a dynamic conductor, and one of the newest most innovative artists to emerge onto the Arab music circuit.

His teachers have included some of the leading artists in his field including, Simon Shaheen, Johnny Sarweh, Nadeem Dlaikan, Douglas Bianchi, Anthony Iannacconne, Dr. David Pierce, Robert Williams, and Victoria King; causing him to realize the value of a solid educational background. Having earned a bachelor degree in music from Eastern Michigan University, Michael went on to further his studies at Wayne State University; completing a Master of Music degree in conducting.

The impact of Michael’s musical leadership is felt equally by audiences across the globe, and the musicians with whom he collaborates.
  • Throughout his early career, Michael has performed in many concert halls and venues the world over; allowing him the unique opportunity to share the stage with some of the most influential figures in Western and Arab music.
  • Michael’s diverse musical background and unique approach to composition and improvisation has also led him to be featured on a number of recordings and film scores.
  • As an artist, Michael has used his educational and professional experience to fuse Western and Arab music idioms in his performances.
  • As an educator, Michael has taught privately and in the classroom; providing instrumental and ensemble instruction, as well as lectures and demonstrations on Arab music both at the university and grade school levels.
  • His extensive experience as a performer and educator has led Michael to found all three ensembles of the Michigan Arab Orchestra (now the National Arab Orchestra). 
A Metro-Detroit native, Michael was born into a Syrian immigrant family of humble origins. He began his musical studies on the ‘Ud, later studying the Bassoon and Nay as his musical training progressed. 


Want to see Michael Ibrahim live July 22 - 23, 2017?

Be sure to get your #GBDAC2017 tickets for our 21st annual "Give Belly Dance A Chance" weekend of belly dance recitals and live music performances.

Our special guests include:
  • Georges Lammam (violin) from San Francisco, CA on Saturday and Sunday
  • Naser Musa (oud) from Los Angeles, CA on Saturday and Sunday
  • Michael Ibrahim (nay) from Detroit, Michigan on Saturday and Sunday
  • Miguel Crespo (percussionist) from Bogota, Colombia on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Hassan Harfouche (debke dancer) from Los Angeles, CA on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • The Byblos Band (keyboards and percussion) from Houston, TX with Ahmad, Rami, and Houssam Ghafour on Sunday with acclaimed singer Jabour Bakla
We also have a special treat that you don't want to miss. 
Keep an eye out for information coming soon!

Not able to attend the live performances?

Enjoy each of our recitals and the Sunday live music performances from anywhere in the world via livestream.  It's the perfect way to bring together friends and family, or even your belly dance troupe, to celebrate GBDAC2017 with us.

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GBDAC2017 Kountdown - Week 8: Miguel Crespo


GBDAC2017 | Miguel Crespo
This year, we are delighted to have several musicians performing with our Karavan Studio and Karavan Online belly dancers all three nights of GBDAC2017!

One of them is Miguel Crespo of Bogota, Colombia.
  A lifelong percussionist, Miguel has 22 years of experience and performs professionally in his original art of Latin music, playing different genres including Folklore, Salsa, Latin Jazz, Pop, and Fusion.

Over the last ten years he has developed his skills as a Middle Eastern percussionist.  His main influences have been Hossam Ramzy (Egypt) and Erez Monk (Israel). 

In 2009 Miguel participated in the "Tamburimundi Festival" in Freiburg (Germany) where he had the opportunity to study with great masters such as Murat Coskun (Turkey), David Kuckhermann (Germany), Glen Velez (USA), Sattor Fozilov (Tadjikistan), David Kuckhermann (Germany), N. Scott Robinson (USA), Shekoofeh Pariab (Iran), and many others.

Miguel is also an integral part of the Bereket Association, known as the pioneers of Arabic music in Colombia, with whom he has won 4 titles in the World Music Festival, organized by the Philharmonic Orchestra and The Institute of Culture and Tourism of Bogotá.

Miguel’s drum solo compositions possess a remarkable level of detail and variety!
Rapidly becoming a master instructor of his craft, Miguel is in demand throughout Latin America – and now the USA – for both his compositions and his detailed instruction for dancers and drummers.

Want to see Miguel Crespo live?

Be sure to get your #GBDAC2017 tickets for our 21st annual "Give Belly Dance A Chance" weekend of belly dance recitals and live music performances.

Our special guests include:
  • Georges Lammam (violin) from San Francisco, CA on Saturday and Sunday
  • Naser Musa (oud) from Los Angeles, CA on Saturday and Sunday
  • Michael Ibrahim (nay) from Detroit, Michigan on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Miguel Crespo (percussionist) from Bogota, Colombia on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Hassan Harfouche (debke dancer) from Los Angeles, CA on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • The Byblos Band (keyboards and percussion) from Houston, TX with Ahmad, Rami, and Houssam Ghafour on Sunday with acclaimed singer Jabour Bakla

We also have a special treat that you don't want to miss.  
Keep an eye out for information coming soon!

Not able to attend the live performances?

Enjoy each of our recitals and the Sunday live music performances from anywhere in the world via livestream.  It's the perfect way to bring together friends and family, or even your belly dance troupe, to celebrate GBDAC2017 with us.

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GBDAC2017 Kountdown - Week 9: Hassan Harfouche


GBDAC2017 | Hassan Harfouche
Wow!  In less than 9 weeks you will have the opportunity to see Hassan Harfouche live every night throughout our 21st annual "Give Belly Dance A Chance" weekend!

For those of you who are not familiar with L'Emir Hassan Harfouche, he has been a professional dabke dancer as well as a choreographer for over forty years.

His early training was with the traditional choreographers, Mirwan and Wadia Gerrar. He then began his long association with Kegam, who is the founder of stylized dabke.     

Well known throughout the world, Hassan has performed in theaters in New York, Canne, London, Germany, Los Angeles, Chicago, Detroit, Boston, Ohio, San Francisco, Minnesota, and throughout the middle east including the Phoenician's Citadel of Byblos and his home town of Baalbek, Lebanon, known for its annual international dance festival.    

Hassan has danced in several feature films including "King of the Gypsies" and "Protocol" and has choreographed and performed for numerous television shows. Hassan continued to choreograph, teach, and perform Dabke after moving to the United States while a student at U.S.C.

For the past twenty five years, Hassan has been a featured teacher - teaching a master dabke class - at the Mendocino Music and Dance Camp in Northern California.

Want to see Hassan Harfouche live?

Be sure to get your #GBDAC2017 tickets today to see our Karavan Studio belly dancer recitals and live music performances.

Our special guests include:
  • Georges Lammam (violin) from San Francisco, CA on Saturday and Sunday
  • Naser Musa (oud) from Los Angeles, CA on Saturday and Sunday
  • Michael Ibrahim (nay) from Detroit, Michigan on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Miguel Crespo (percussionist) from Bogota, Colombia on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Hassan Harfouche (debke dancer) from Los Angeles, CA on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • The Byblos Band (keyboards and percussion) from Houston, TX with Ahmad, Rami, and Houssam Ghafour on Sunday with acclaimed singer Jabour Bakla 
We also have a special treat that you don't want to miss. 
Keep an eye out for information coming soon!

Not able to attend the live performances?

Enjoy each of our recitals and the Sunday performance from anywhere in the world via livestream.  It's the perfect way to bring together friends and family, or even your belly dance troupe, to celebrate GBDAC2017 with us.

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GBDAC2017 Kountdown - Week 10: Georges Lammam


GBDAC2017 | Georges Lammam
Can you believe it is only 10 weeks until our 21st annual "Give Belly Dance A Chance" weekend?

Sunday night, we have as our guests an extraordinary group of musicians including Georges Lammam (violin) from San Francisco, CA.

Georges is of Palestinian descent, born in Beirut, Lebanon and as a solo violinist, he exemplifies the Arabic style of instrumental improvisation.   

Mr. Lammam has toured the world as a featured artist.  Most recently, he toured in Bolivia with renowned artists, Eddie and Gabriel Navia and joined other stellar performers in an event hosted by Joined Hands (USA NP) and organized by Marcus Lovett, in the refugee camp in Chalkida, Greece.  This event was to support refugee families and humanitarians who are receiving thousands of people from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan.

His compositions and performance excerpts are included in scores for two award-winning documentaries:  “Occupation 101” and “Tea on the Axis of Evil”, and he recorded a well-known folkloric debke in a 2016 feature film, “Wrestling Jerusalem” by Aaron Davidman.

Want to see Georges Lammam live?

Be sure to get your tickets today to see our Karavan Studio belly dancers perform during our #GBDAC2017 recitals and live music performance.

Our special guests include:
  • Georges Lammam (violin) from San Francisco, CA on Saturday and Sunday
  • Naser Musa (oud) from Los Angeles, CA on Saturday and Sunday
  • Michael Ibrahim (nay) from Detroit, Michigan on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Miguel Crespo (percussionist) from Bogota, Colombia on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • Hassan Harfouche (debke dancer) from Los Angeles, CA on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • The Byblos Band (keyboards and percussion) from Houston, TX with Ahmad, Rami, and Houssam Ghafour on Sunday with acclaimed singer Jabour Bakla

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