Artist in Residence: Musician Rachid Halihal

Moroccan Music Master

An international musician, Rachid lives part time here in Colorado, New York, New York, and in Morocco.  His warm personality and superb musicality are wonderful -- he's relaxed, yet demanding.  

Oud, Violin, and Voice

We are delighted to have Rachid Halihal as an Artist in Residence for Tarab Retreat.

Rachid loves to coach musicians and dancers.

Don't miss the chance to work with Rachid and experience his kind nature, warm sense of humor, and wonderful musicianship. 

Artist in Residence: Omar Al T'bal

Omar Al T’bal

Omar grew up in a Palestinian family in Cleveland, Ohio, playing the doumbek with teachers from Jerusalem, Jordan, Turkey and Egypt. He played in a professional Dabke band as a teen. Soon Omar wanted to break tradition and start his own, passion driven experience.

Percussion Prodigy

Omar will lead a Drills and Fills and a Drum Solo for Dancers class.  There will be technique classes and performance opportunities -- in the outdoor amphitheater and  Ponderosa Hall concerts.

Artists in Residence: Sina Goharjou & Zara Sadeghi

Persian Daf

Born and raised in Iran, husband and wife Sina Goharjou & Zara Sadeghi now live in Colorado. They have a passion play and share Persian Daf --the ancient Persian frame drum with zangeer, or rings -- and are delighted to teach classes and tell us more about Daf's cultural significance. They have studied with Front Range musician Kaivon Tolooee as well as traveled to Iran to go to the birthplace of this mesmerizing and spiritual instrument.  The Daf is traditionally a ladie's instrument, however all are welcome.   Classes will be hands on and we will have some Daf for sale and as loaners. 

You may also bring frame drums if you do not have a Daf yet.  

Hadaga Balkan Band

Hadgaba Balkan Band

 Get ready to move your body! Hadgaba brings the Balkan dance party to the Rocky Mountains. 

Josh Klasco - Bouzouki
Eric Alterman - Percussion
Eitan Kantor - Violin/Vocals
Doron Levary - Bass