We were invited to create a concert video for People's Building in Aurora, Colorado during Tarab Retreat 2021. This concert features Tarab Retreat Artist in Residence
Eric Zang on kaval, percussion and vocals.
All music performed by Meg York, Sholeh Mani, Hadgaba Balkan Band, and El Yesfi Samir
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Cook Park Concerts during the Pandemic with Meg York, Ben Cohen, Arthur Lefebure, Eric Koenig, Florin Alexandrescu, Pascal Diez. A tasty vintage Klezmer Set.
Transcriptions by Ben Cohen
Video Editing by Florin Alexandrescu.
Meg York, Ben Cohen, Arthur Lefebure, Eric Koenig, Florin Alexandrescu, Pascal Diez.
A sassy set of Balkan sevens.
In the past, Tarab Retreat has hosted up to four day long immersive Retreats of Artists from the Front Range of Colorado at La Foret Retreat Center and beyond.
During Covid Pandemic, we have hosted over 150 hours of streamed live, improvised music and dance for classes, lectures, and concerts.
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Meg York at Mercury Cafe
Thirty years ago, Pete Jacobs accompanied belly dance weekends for Suzanna Del Vecchio's four day retreat in Shadowcliff Center, and Rafi'ah Ruyah held a retreat in Grand Lake with Fellaheen Ensemble for a dozen years.
Meanwhile Meg York was holding forth getting a Performance Degree at University of New Mexico, playing jazz regularly, Early Music and Theater Pit Orchestra, but then got HOOKED playing for dancers at SCA haflas, Balkan Dance parties with Svirka and Goddess of Arno, Circus Luminous. She accompanied Flamenco Dance for Eva Encinias-Sandoval at University of New Mexico, and toured internationally with Symphonic Orchestras and Pablo Rodarte's Dance Espana.
Meg and Pete had both been basking in the incredible Mendocino CA Middle Eastern Music and Dance Camps, Eastern European Folklife Center Camps and were playing dance music with Nabil Azzam, Yuval Ron, Hal Aqua, Cameron Powers, Sherefe, and many, many others.
Driving back from Mendo Camp together around 2015, Meg and Pete dreamed of hosting a four day weekend in Colorado to bring the Mendo Camp tarab vibe to the Rockies. Meg's daughter had been to La Foret for formative Unity Youth Camps, so Meg approached historic venue La Foret it has just the right ambiance for a
"Mendocino with out the Mosquitos"!
We were truly honored to have Travis Jarrell, Deborah Newberg, Rafi'ah Ruyah, Eva Cernik, Deepali of Roshni Organization, Omar Al Tabal, Hadgaba Klezmer Band, Farabi Persian Ensemble and the incredible Moroccan musician, Rachid Halihal at our First La Foret Tarab Retreat at in 2018! 2019 Eric Zang we added Nepali Master musicians Bijay and Nabin Shrestha and the Parson Sisters. Please see our Past Artists page for more info
This is our fourth year bringing Tarab to Colorado for Front Range Artists, their student and audiences. Our previous venue is breathtaking -- the 1928 log Ponderosa Lodge and Southwest style Chapel on campus at the Historic Unity Conference Center at La Foret.
Pete Jacobs has a close connection with Columbine Unity Center near Boulder, CO. When the Covid 19 Pandemic made it a struggle to host a camping immersive event at La Foret, we asked Columbine to host two days of live streamed events with live band and one dance teacher. We are thrilled with this lovely venue! We've had so many past glorious concerts there with Sufis Beniyamin and Rabia Van Hattam, Yuval Ron, Key Jam Key Nepalese Classical, Farabi Persian Ensemble, and more...
In this age of barriers, music and dance
build bridges between the
past and the future by basking in the present:
Tarab is that magic moment of surrender to
immersion of immersion
We cannot demand Tarab occurs --
we can only hold space for ourselves, and let it unfold..
We'll do our best to share our events in an engaging way to lift everyone's spirits.
Please join us!