Booking / Events
Mary Ellen’s Rakkasah Schedule
Rakkasah this year is in a new venue at Centre Concord, 5298 Clayton Road, Concord, from Friday evening, April 7th to Sunday, April 9th. For details about Festival and workshop fees, visit www.rakkasha.com
Saturday, April 8th: Mary Ellen plays doumbec with Al Azifoon on the main stage from 1:15 until 2:00pm, with audience dancing and four dancers.
Sunday, April 9th: Mary Ellen performs with Nazir Latouf on oud and vocals and Angelena Kyzar on tambourine from 1:15 until 2:00pm. 1:15 until 1:25pm: audience dancing
Dancers performing with the band:
Mary Ellen’s doumbec workshop for Intermediate to Advanced students:
Sunday, April 9th from 9:30 to 11:00am.
1. Fancy maqsoum patterns with spices
2. Samai rhythm. . . elaborate classical rhythm with several variations.
3. Laz, 7/8 rhythm, Turkish folk rhythm with many variations.
4. Surprise fancy techniques
*Note: Handouts for each rhythm will be provided. Mary Ellen’s books and CDs will be available for purchase at a 15% discount.
New Beginner Doumbec Class in Oakland
Starting in October 2016
presented by Mary Ellen Donald, nationally acclaimed author, instructor and performer in Middle Eastern Percussion for over 35 years.
Time: 7:30PM to 9:00PM every other Wednesday
Location: close to West Oakland BART station and five minutes off of 880 freeway, with ample parking.
Fee: $20.00 per class paid at the first class of the month.
Class size: 5 – 8 students
Required instructional materials, produced by Mary Ellen and available
for purchase at first class:
Doumbec Delight book : $20.00
Middle Eastern Rhythms for beginners contains two CD’s with five
minutes each of 28 rhythms played on doumbec and tambourine by Mary
Ellen plus two booklets with musical notation for all the rhythms for
doumbec, tambourine and finger cymbals: $35.00
Sample pages of the book and sound bites from the CD’s can be found at
Note: Drums will be available if you don’t already have one.
For more details and to secure your place in the class, call (510) 654-3786.
Make this your year to keep your promise to yourself to learn something new!
Hope to see you in class.
Mary Ellen's Regular Monthly Performances
El Morocco Restaurant- Pleasant Hill
El Morocco Restaurant in Pleasant Hill
2203 Morello Ave.
Pleasant Hill, CA
6:30 to 9:30pm
With Nader Shahin on oud and vocals playing wide variety of Arabic music with six to eight belly dancers. Fine Moroccan cuisine is served. Audience dance participation is encouraged. This is a hafla. Call (925) 671-0132.
Note: If you would like to be one of the dancers performing, call Jadeera, the producer at (510) 757-4735 or e-mail her at: jadeEraRose@gmail.com
| Rave Review for Mary Ellen's
Sunday, August 12, 2007, Oakland,
Hello Mary Ellen,
WOW! Your Birthday Bash at
Humanist Hall was the most amazing
musical feast EVER! I do not want
to forget to thank you ever so much
for celebrating your birthday at
It was such a fantastic,
spectacular, world class, music and
dance phenomenon. The music was so
gorgeous. Your medley, your
song about summertime, was the best
tribute to summer I've EVER heard.
It was so beautiful and haunting,
it gave me goose bumps. And the
belly dancer was out of this world,
pure liquid, pure magic. Your
music and song, and her dancing,
were all so wonderfully creative
and eclectic and captivating -- it
was impossibly enjoyable -- hard to
describe -- completely fulfilling!
Thank you again! I have the
deepest appreciation for your
~ Fellowship of Humanity
Sittat al Qalb (Women of
Mary Ellen Donald:
Cymbals, Doumbec, Tambourine and Tar &
Nanna Candelaria: Belly Dance
In an educational and entertaining drum and
dance duo! Available for performances in
schools K-12 through out the San Francisco
Bay Area. Call Young Audiences of California
at 415-974-5554 to learn how to book this
uplifting presentation for schools in your
Hot Arabic Band For Hire!
Nazir Latouf, from
Syria: oud and voice; Mary Ellen Donald:
doumbec; and a first rate tambourinist, either
Terry Holgate or Susie Goldenstein.
Arabic band for any occasion: private parties,
belly dance recitals, world music concerts,
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Nazir's extraordinarily rich repertoire
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"the Silk Road Experience" DVD also on this
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Mary Ellen Donald is available for out
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For more information,
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to a live performance of
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