Arabian Passion By Nazir. belly dancer dancer: mandanah bryan nutson, mary ellen donald percussion instruments doumbec, oud


This performance by Rachel Brice, Mary Ellen Donald, Susanna Goldenstein took place on Aug. 12, 2007 in Oakland, Ca. It was Mary Ellen's Jazz Birthday Bash Concert


mary ellen teaches hold to play the dumbek


persian song with karsilama finale on drums


Original Drum solo music and belly dance performed by Mandanah at Middle Eastern Treasures concert, presented October 19, 2008, at Humanist Hall in Oakland by Mary Ellen Donald


Dance with finger cymbals


Members of the Aswat Choir, along with Mary Ellen's Arabic Music Ensemble perform La Khabar, a song by Iraqi folk singer Fadhil Awad, at the Middle Eastern Treasures concert presented by Mary Ellen Donald on October 25, 2009, in Oakland, California. Nazir is featured on vocals. Contact Mary Ellen at (510) 654-DRUM or go to Aswat Choir members: Muhammad Arrabi, Lina del Robie, Rana Mroue, Jose-Antonio Nasser, Dilek Seren, Christine Stouffer Mary Ellen's Arabic Music Ensemble: Nazir Latouf, oud Sarah Michael, qanun Yoko Abe, violin Hecto Bezanis, nay Mary Ellen Donald, doumbec Brian Nutson, riqq and zarb Angelena Kyzar-Crowhurst, riqq and zarb


First of three parts of Pharoah Sanders' The Creator Has a Master Plan, arranged by Mary Ellen Donald as a 10-part suite. This clip contains sections 1 through 4. Musicians: Mary Ellen Donald, vocals Ernest East, vocals Ryan Lukas, bass Greg German, drum kit Robert Zuckerman, saxophone Matt Smitty Smith, congas Susanna Goldenstein, Arabic tambourine, shakeree, doumbec, rainstick


Vocal ensemble Mosaik performs at the Middle EasternTreasures concert presented by Mary Ellen Donald on October 25, 2009, in Oakland, California. members: Karen Edwards, Sandy Hollister, Adina Sara, Laura Turiano, Lianne Venner the songs: Skamgreppet : A Finnish folk song A Russian/Bulgarian medley, consisting of Tatari Schle, Moli Li Se, and Jana Turche


Northern Greek music from Thrace and Macedonia, played by Hector Bezanis on gaida (bagpipe) and Michael Garibaldi on toumbeleki (doumbec) and dahares (frame drum). Performance at Middle Eastern Treasures concert presented by Mary Ellen Donald on April 25, 2010, in Oakland, California. Contact Mary Ellen at (510) 654-DRUM or go to


Ouyun Bahaiya, a song popularized by Egyptian singer Mohamed al-Azabi; part 1 of performance by the Middle Eastern Treasures All Stars featuring Nazir Latouf on keyboard and vocals, Mary Ellen Donald on doumbec, Yoko Abe on violin, Kevin Cloud on nay, Yosifa Craver on qanun, Nathan Craver on oud, Susanna Goldenstein on percussion, Brian Nutson on percussion Middle Eastern Treasures concert presented by Mary Ellen Donald on April 26, 2009 Contact Mary Ellen at 510-654-DRUM or go to


music St Thomas featuring solos on all percussion instruments Mac rucks trumpet, shakeree Marco Casasola piano Ryan Lucas Bass Greg German drum set Mary Ellen Donald Doumbec Susanna Goldenstein riqq, kevin cloud cajon


Kevin Cloud /robab, woodwinds, voice Daniel Eshoo kanoon, Myra Joy violoncello Will Wheeler violin, Tim Bolling hand drums John Waller, tabla, zarb, hand drums


Sunday April 20, 2008 video by jo gentry


this performance took place april 20, 2008 in oakland ca.


Antonio by Mac Rucks Mac rucks trumpet Marco Casasola piano Ryan Lucas Bass Greg German drum set Mary Ellen Donald Doumbec Susanna Goldenstein riqq,


uzbeki doyra. framedrum, salokhiddin fakhriev


Ahava dances to music by Mary Ellen's Arabic Music Ensemble at Middle Eastern Treasures concert presented by Mary Ellen Donald on October 24, 2010, in Oakland, California. For more about Mary Ellen, see For more about Ahava, see The music: Hani Qanun taqseem followed by oud and vocal improvisation The ensemble: Nazir Latouf -- oud, vocals Younes Makboul -- violin Sarah Michael -- qanun Ryan Greene-Roesel -- nay Mary Ellen Donald -- doumbec Angelena Kyzar-Crowhurst -- percussion Brian Nutson -- percussion


Members of the Aswat Choir, along with Mary Ellen's Arabic Music Ensemble perform Porompompero, a folk melody sung in Spanish and Arabic, at the Middle Eastern Treasures concert presented by Mary Ellen Donald on October 25, 2009, in Oakland, California. Featured singers in this performance are Lina and Jose. Contact Mary Ellen at (510) 654-DRUM or go to Aswat Choir members: Muhammad Arrabi, Lina del Robie, Rana Mroue, Jose-Antonio Nasser, Dilek Seren, Christine Stouffer Mary Ellen's Arabic Music Ensemble: Nazir Latouf, oud Sarah Michael, qanun Yoko Abe, violin Hecto Bezanis, nay Mary Ellen Donald, doumbec Brian Nutson, riqq and zarb Angelena Kyzar-Crowhurst, riqq and zarb


Piece arranged by Mary Ellen Donald for six drummers, three tambourines, and two cymbal players. Begins with traditional Egyptian percussion piece Hegala and ends with a drum solo taken from the Encore Bert's Baladi CD, produced by Mary Ellen Donald. Performance at Middle Eastern Treasures Concert on October 24, 2010, in Oakland, California. To learn more about Mary Ellen, go to


Nanna Candelaria dances at Mary Ellen's Jazz Birthday Bash, August 16, 2009,in Oakland, California. Percussionists: Mary Ellen Donald, doumbec Susanna Goldenstein, dahula Greg German, drum kit Matt Smitty Smith, congas Also featuring: Marco Casasola, keyboard Ryan Lukas, bass Robert Zuckerman, saxophone


Zahara dances at Mary Ellen's Jazz Birthday Bash on August 15, 2010, in Oakland, California. Opening piece is Dance Right In, by Ryan Lukas. The ensemble: Mary Ellen Donald: jazz vocals, Middle Eastern percussion Marco Casasola: keyboard Ryan Lukas: upright bass, electric bass Carolyn Walter: saxophones, clarinets, flute Greg German: drum kit Matt Smitty Smith: congas


Mary Ellen's Arabic Music Ensemble plays Yaza Alquawam ( oh, the beautiful, tall, and slender woman ) in the third part of their set during the Middle Eastern Treasures Concert presented by Mary Ellen Donald on April 25, 2010, in Oakland, California. Contact Mary Ellen at (510) 654-DRUM or go to The ensemble: Nazir Latour -- oud, vocals Husain Resan -- violin, vocals Sarah Michael -- qanun Hector Bezanis -- nay Mary Ellen Donald -- doumbec Angelen Kyzar-Crowhurst -- percussion Brian Nutson -- percussion


Mary Ellen Donald recites works by Middle Eastern poets backed by members of her Arabic Music Ensemble at her Middle Eastern Treasures concert October 24, 2010, in Oakland, California. Contact Mary Ellen at The poems: On Friendship, by Khalil Jibran Move Beyond Any Attachment to Names, by Jalaladdin Roumy Who Makes These Changes, by Jalaladdin Roumy Cast All Your Votes for Dancing, by Hafiz


Mary Ellen's Arabic Music Ensemble plays Enabi, an Egyptian song made popular by Karem Mahmoud, at Middle Eastern Treasures Concert presented by Mary Ellen Donald on October 24, 2010, in Oakland, California. To learn more about Mary Ellen, go to The ensemble: Nazir Latouf -- oud and vocals Younes Makboul -- violin Sarah Michael -- accordion, qanun Ryan Greene-Roessel -- nay Mary Ellen Donald -- doumbec Angelena Kyzar-Crowhurst -- percussion Brian Nutson -- percussion


Mary Ellen Plays Finger Cymbals


middle eastern sword dance


Mary Ellen Donald's composition with doumbec, tamborines and cymbals (zills)


First of two parts of belly dance performance by Amira Ariana at the Middle Eastern Treasures concert presented by Mary Ellen Donald on October 25, 2009, in Oakland, California. In this portion, Amira dances to Zey el Hawa, excerpted from a piece popularized by the beloved Egyptian singer Abdel Halim Hafez. Contact Mary Ellen Donald at (510) 654-DRUM or go to Mary Ellen's Arabic Music Ensemble: Nazir Latouf, oud and vocals Sarah Michael, qanun Yoko Abe, violin Hector Bezanis, nay Mary Ellen Donald, doumbec Brian Nutson, riqq and zarb Angelena Kyzar-Crowhurst, riqq and zarb


Ahava dances to a drum solo and finale played by Mary Ellen's Arabic Music Ensemble at Middle Eastern Treasures Concert presented by Mary Ellen Donald on October 24, 2010, in Oakland, California. For more about Mary Ellen, see For more about Ahava, see The ensemble: Nazir Latouf -- oud, vocals Younes Makboul -- violin Sarah Michael - qanun Ryan Greene-Roesel -- nay Mary Ellen Donald -- doumbec Angelena Kyzar-Crowhurst -- percussion Brian Nutson -- percussion


Mary Ellen Donald Doumbec Susanna Goldenstein dahula Mac rucks trumpet Marco Casasola piano Ryan Lucas Bass Greg German drum set


Members of the Aswat Choir, along with Mary Ellen's Arabic Music Ensemble perform Diggu Al Mahabij, a song popularized by the great Lebanese singer Fairuz, at the Middle Eastern Treasures concert presented by Mary Ellen Donald on October 25, 2009, in Oakland, California. Featured singer in this performance is Rana. Contact Mary Ellen at (510) 654-DRUM or go to Aswat Choir members: Muhammad Arrabi, Lina del Robie, Rana Mroue, Jose-Antonio Nasser, Dilek Seren, Christine Stouffer Mary Ellen's Arabic Music Ensemble: Nazir Latouf, oud Sarah Michael, qanun Yoko Abe, violin Hecto Bezanis, nay Mary Ellen Donald, doumbec Brian Nutson, riqq and zarb Angelena Kyzar-Crowhurst, riqq and zarb


Mary Ellen Donald sings The Way You Look Tonight at Mary Ellen's Jazz Birthday Bash on August 15, 2010, in Oakland, California. The ensemble: Mary Ellen Donald: jazz vocals, Middle Eastern percussion Marco Casasola: keyboard Ryan Lukas: upright bass, electric bass Carolyn Walter: saxophones, clarinets, flute Greg German: drum kit Matt Smitty Smith: congas


Vocal ensemble Mosaik performs at the Middle Eastern Treasures concert presented by Mary Ellen Donald on October 25, 2009, in Oakland, California. members: Karen Edwards, Sandy Hollister, Adina Sara, Laura Turiano, Lianne Venner the songs: Heyamo : Laz work song from the Eastern Black Sea region of Turkey, collected and arranged by Birol Topaloglu. Byalo Rade : A Bulgarian song about the beautiful white Rade. Okro Mchedelo : A comic zipper song from Georgia taught by Carl Linich. Tsmindao Ghmerto : Holy God, the Georgian equivalent of the Latin Sanctus.


Diana dances to music by Mary Ellen's Arabic Music Ensemble, at Middle Eastern Treasures Concert presented by Mary Ellen Donald on October 24, 2010, in Oakland, California. Contact Mary Ellen at The music: Arabian Passion, composed by Nazir Latouf Violin taqseem followed by oud and vocal improvisation Drum solos Finale from beginning of Arabian Passion The ensemble: Nazir Latouf -- oud, vocals Younes Makboul -- violin Sarah Michael -- accordion Ryan Greene-Roesel -- nay Mary Elllen Donald -- doumbec Brian Nutson -- percussion


Second of three parts of belly dance performance by April Faith at the Middle Eastern Treasures concert presented by Mary Ellen Donald on October 25, 2009, in Oakland, California. This portion includes taqsim and mawal. Contact Mary Ellen Donald at (510) 654-DRUM or go to Mary Ellen's Arabic Music Ensemble: Nazir Latouf, oud and vocals Sarah Michael, qanun Yoko Abe, violin Hector Bezanis, nay Mary Ellen Donald, doumbec Brian Nutson, riqq and zarb Angelena Kyzar-Crowhurst, riqq and zarb


Mary Ellen's Arabic Music Ensemble performs Khatwit Habibi, a song by the great Egyptian composer Mohamed Abdel Wahab, at the Middle Eastern Treasures concert presented by Mary Ellen Donald on October 25, 2009, in Oakland, California. Contact Mary Ellen at (510) 654-DRUM or go to Mary Ellen's Arabic Music Ensemble: Nazir Latouf, oud Sarah Michael, qanun Yoko Abe, violin Hecto Bezanis, nay Mary Ellen Donald, doumbec Brian Nutson, riqq and zarb Angelena Kyzar-Crowhurst, riqq and zarb


Reyna Alcala's drum solo Mary Ellen Donald Doumbec kevin cloud cajon Susanna Goldenstein riqq Greg German drum set


Solo on nagara drum, followed by nagara and cymbal duet, at Middle Eastern Treasures concert, October 19, 2008, presented by Mary Ellen Donald at Humanist Hall in Oakland


Nazir Latouf sings Ibatli Jawab, a song made famous by Syrian singer Sabah Fakhry, and plays the oud at Middle Eastern Treasures concert, October 19, 2008, presented by Mary Ellen Donald at Humanist Hall in Oakland.


Part 2 of Smiling Winds, arranged for tar (frame drum) orchestra. in this section, nay solo by Kevin Cloud. Middle Eastern Treasures concert presented by Mary Ellen Donald on Aril 26, 2009 Contact Mary Ellen at 510-654-DRUM or go to


A composition by Mary Ellen Donald for eight doumbecs, mainly in the Turkish and Armenian 9/8 karsilamas rhythm. Performed at Middle Eastern Treasures concert presented by Mary Ellen on October 24, 2010, in Oakland, California. Contact Mary Ellen at


Mary Ellen's Jazz Birthday Bash Concert Sunday august 17, 2008 Reyna Alcala castanets and zapateados Mary Ellen Donald finger cymbals kevin cloud cajon


Nazir Latouf sings Asmar Ya Asmarani, a song made popular by Egyptian singer Adbel Halim Hafez, with an introductory taqseem played by Nazir on oud and Younes Makboul on violin. Performance at Middle Eastern Treasures concert presented by Mary Ellen Donald on October 24, 2010, in Oakland, California. Contact Mary Ellen at The ensemble: Nazir Latouf -- oud, vocals Younes Makboul -- violin Sarah Michael -- qanun Ryan Greene-Roesel -- nay Mary Ellen Donald -- doumbec Angelena Kyzar-Crowhurst -- percussion Brian Nutson -- percussion


Part 1 of Spicy Turkish Delight, a composition by Mary Ellen Donald for tars (frame drums), cymbals, tambourines, and more. Performance at Middle Eastern Treasures concert presented by Mary Ellen on Aril 25, 2010, in Oakland, California. this section features solos by Mary Ellen on tar, Andrew on drum kit, and Brian on tambourine. Contact Mary Ellen at (510) 654-DRUM or go to


Drumming and cymbal playing; at Middle Eastern Treasures concert, presented October 19, 2008, by Mary Ellen Donald at Humanist Hall liln Oakland.


Mary Ellen donald salokhiddin fakhriev doumbecs Rasa Vitalia Dancer