Native North Africans call themselves Amazigh (singular), Imazighen (plural) and are known to the world as BERBERS. New Year is celebrated traditionally across the Atlas Mountains, the Air Mountain Range, the Great Erg Basin, the Sahara, Sahel and southern Mediterranean Coast with the first New Moon in January (mid-month). The celebrations last for three days and nights. The year is 2965 and the greeting in the native language of Tamazight is: ASSEGWAS AMMEGAZ! Join Kabylia Mountains, Algerian Recording Artist Moh Alileche and his ensemble with guest speakers from PSU at the Alberta Street Pub, Saturday Night January 10, 2015, 21+ Kabylia and other Tamazghan dress encouraged!
Moh Alileche ( pronounced ali LESH ) was born and raised in Kabylia, Algeria. At the age of 9 he started learning how to play music on a hand-made single string instrument, made out of an oil can, a piece of wood used as a neck and a screw for tuning. Now he plays a five-double silk-stringed mondol. At the age of 21 Moh (aka Med) was featured by Algerian Radio Channel 2 . The young songwriting musician was interviewed by host Medjahed Mouhoub. Upon his move to the USA, he has captivated a wide variety of audiences with his authentic Kabylian style. From world music and folk festivals on the Pacific Coast to college campuses and dance halls, Moh Alileche and his various combos and ensembles can claim to have laid the groundwork for the recent rock radio chart penetration and major rock festival tours of fellow native North African Tuareg\Kel Tamasheqt electric guitar rock fusion bands such as Tinariwen and Bombino. Moh has released 5 albums between 1999 and 2013 with English liner notes and song translations and are distributed in the USA by City Hall Records. His music can now be heard on Public radio stations across the USA, Canada, Europe & Australia.
Danielle Elizabeth is an artist and contemporary dancer with a passion for world folk dances. In the studio and on the stage since age 7, Danielle blends her varied dance background to offer engaging performances, her favorite being dancing with live music. DanielleElizabethBellyDance.com
Lamiae Naki (vocals) was born in the city of Fes, the historic cultural capital of Morocco. . She was drawn to music from a young age and began singing, writing songs, and using every resource to find new music and influences from widely varying cultures. Lamiae studied Andalusian music and other forms of classical Arabic music in Fes, and has continued to creatively apply her expertise in Moroccan and Andalusi music to many other traditions. She has performed in concerts with Shabava Persian ensemble, flamenco dancer Laura Onizuka, Algerian musician Moh Alileche, and Seattle jazz quartet Mangus Khan and has performed in the United States, Morocco, Canada and Turkey. Lamiae has also been featured on recordings such as “Hora de Soñar” by Martín Zarzar of the world renowned group Pink Martini and the soundtrack for the film by Alissa Cramer “No Plorar Mai” (USA/Spain/Angola).. Lamiae now resides in Portland, USA.
Nat Hulskamp (oud, flamenco guitar) was born in Portland, OR. He began studying guitar with guitarist/composer Paul Chasman at age seventeen. He was soon introduced to flamenco guitar by Jose Solano. His interest in the influence of Arabic music on flamenco led him to study oud in Morocco. After returning to the US, he moved to Seattle to study ethnomusicology at the University of Washington. There he worked with the groups Carmona Flamenco, The Rez Quartet and others ranging in style from Hungarian Csardas and Gypsy swing to flamenco. In 2000 he co-founded the Vancouver, BC based Arabic/ flamenco group Aire with ney player and singer Emad Armoush. In 2004 he moved to Portland and formed the group Shabava with kamancheh/sehtar/violinist and singer Bobak Salehi. In 2010 he formed the trio Caminhos Cruzados with master jazz guitarist Dan Balmer and Ghanaian percussion virtuoso Israel Annoh. Nat has studied with the top flamenco guitarists of today including, Diego del Morao, Manuel Parrilla, Pepe del Morao, José Antonio Rodriguez and Dani de Morón. He now resides in Portland, composing and performing with Shabava, the Nat Hulskamp Trio and Seffarine. Nat also teaches guitar and oud in Portland.
Bobak Salehi: Kamancheh, violin. Bobak’s musical journey began at age 8, under the direction of his father Maestro Hossein Salehi, and continued with Maestro Davood Ganjei. In college, he explored the folk music of Latin America, North India, Southern Spain and North Africa. In 1999 the Oregon Historical Society recognized him as Master Artist. He has studied Kamancheh (Spiked Fiddle) with crossover recording artist Kayhan Kalhor of Yoyo Ma’s Silk Road Project. He has written and recorded several film scores. He has joined Pink Martini in studio and on stage as a guest artist, and has been collaborating with Moh since 2011.