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We may be able to resume concerts in September: Streaming is just not for us! Our Artists were not able to relish the experience: Next time we'll have a live studio audience and create a video to be shared after the event -- MUCH better sound quality and relaxation in the moment.
We may be able to resume concerts in September: Streaming is just not for us! Our Artists were not able to relish the experience, and sound was terrible.
Next time we'll have a live studio audience and create a video to be shared after the event -- MUCH better sound quality and relaxation in the moment.
Part of the beauty and charm of Tarab Retreat is the relaxed interaction of our artists and audience. We couldn't relax outside -- so many mosquitos!
Also horrible sound on the streamed concert -- yikes! No more! This is not what Tarab is about!
Tarab Retreat started out as a weekend of cultural exchange between artists and some of their closest students: Streaming has really killed the vibe.
We are returning to our original concept -- a Retreat for our Artists to share and interact, followed by an in person concert with a small audience.
We will share the video of the concert after the concert as an event.
Stay tuned: we are negotiating with our original venue in Colorado Springs, La Foret. Until then, no concerts until perhaps September.
We had two sets Sunday June 13th at Columbine Unity -- one of Balkan Arabic Fusion and one of Persian Turkish strings with vocals. We'll not have any more streamed concerts: just too stressful for our Artists and very low sound quality.
Thank you for your understanding!
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Sholeh Mani will offer some beautifully ornamented Persian songs, both from ancient traditions and her own modern compositions.
Sirvan Manhoobi is an incredible classical musician on oud and setar, recently relocated to the Front Range.
Eric Zang is traveling in from Nevada for the weekend.
Two Historic Dance Weekends Near Grand Lake, Colorado:
Thirty years ago, Pete Jacobs accompanied belly dance weekends for Suzanna's Delvecchio’s 4 day retreat in Shadowcliff Center just outside of Grand Lake and Rafi'ah Ruyah held a retreat fundraiser for the Grand Arts Council with sponsor Cathy Walton-Smith and the Fellaheen Ensemble for 12 years.
Meanwhile Meg York was holding forth getting a Performance Degree at University of New Mexico, playing jazz regularly, and then got HOOKED playing for dancers at SCA haflas, Balkan Dance parties with Svirka and Goddess of Arno, Circus Luminous. and accompanied Flamenco Dance with Eva Encinias Sandoval at University of New Mexico.. She 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 music with Nabil Azzam, Yuval Ron, Hal Aqua, Cameron Powers, Sherefe, and many, many others for dance.
Then, in 2017, Meg York and Pete decided to host a three day weekend in Colorado to keep the Mendo Camp vibe alive in the Rockies ... Meg's daughter had been to La Foret for formative Unity Youth Camps, so Meg approached La Foret... a historic venue with just the right ambiance to have a
"Mendo with out the Mosquitos"!
We were truly honored to have Deborah Newberg, Travis Jarrell, 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! Last year, 2019 Eric Zang joined us. Please see our Past Artists page for more info
This is our third year bringing Tarab to Colorado for Front Range Artists and their students. 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.
Luckily we have incredible still photos from Diana Odem. Meg met Diana Odem at the Athena Project, and she's been our Tarab Photographer that caught so many special moments... Check them out here under PHOTOS
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 event at La Foret, we asked Columbine to host a day of live streamed events with a live band and one dance teacher. We are thrilled with this lovely venue! We've had so many past glorious concerts with Sufis Beniyamin and Rabia Van Hattam, Yuval Ron, Key Jam Key Nepalese Classical, Farabi Persian Ensemble, and more...
THESE EVENTS ARE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC SO OUR ARTISTS CAN CREATE. However,
You may register to attend the Sunset Singalong on the Patio
In this age of barriers, music and dance build
community bridges between the
past and the future by basking in the present:
Tarab is that magic moment of surrender to improvisation and immersion in music/movement.
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!