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


Dance with finger cymbals


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


persian song with karsilama finale on drums


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


mary ellen teaches hold to play the dumbek


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


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


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


Improvisation by Sarah Michael on accordion and Ryan Greene-Roesel on nay, at Middle Eastern Treasures concert presented by Mary Ellen Donald on October 24, 2010, in Oakland, California Contact Mary Ellen Donald at


middle eastern sword dance


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


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


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.


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 Donald and ensemble play Blue Moses by Randy Weston at Mary Ellen's Jazz Birthday Bash, August 16, 2009, in Oakland, California. Musicians: Mary Ellen Donald, Arabic tambourine Marco Casasola, keyboard Ryan Lukas, bass Greg German, Drum kit


Mary Ellen Plays Finger Cymbals


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


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


Second 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. This portion includes taqsim and mawal, drum solos, and finale. 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


uzbeki doyra. framedrum, salokhiddin fakhriev


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


Part 2 of Nanna Candelaria's belly dance performance at Middle Eastern Treasures concert presented by Mary Ellen Donald on April 25, 2010, in Oakland, California. This section contains oud improvisation by Nazir, drum solos by Brian and Mary Ellen, and finale from Ishta Ya Amar.


Sunday April 20, 2008 video by jo gentry


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


Nazir Latouf plays the oud at Middle Eastern Treasures concert, October 19, 2008, presented by Mary Ellen Donald at Humanist Hall in Oakland.


Music and dance of Anatolia & the Near East. instruments: ney, tambour, framdrum. dancer rasa vitalia, scarf dance, oud kevin cloud, framedrum mary ellen donald. salokhiddin fakhriev doyra, shakers


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


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


middle eastern dance


Mary Ellen's Arabic Music Ensemble plays a medley of Ah Ya Zamani ( those were the days), composed by Nazir Latouf, and Khaligia ( lovely lady from the Arabian Peninsula ), in the fourth and final part of their set in 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 Angelina Kyzar-Crowhurst -- percussion Brian Nutson -- percussioin


Nanna Candelaria dances to Dance Right In, by Ryan Lukas, and a saxophone and bass improvisation, at Mary Ellen's Jazz Birthday Bash, August 16, 2009,in Oakland, California. The ensemble: Mary Ellen Donald, doumbec Marco Casasola, keyboard Ryan Lukas, bass Greg German, drum kit Matt Smitty Smith, congas Robert Zuckerman, saxophone Susanna Goldenstein, Arabic tambourine, dahula


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 donald salokhiddin fakhriev doumbecs Rasa Vitalia Dancer


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


Nanna Candelaria dances to Ishta Ya Amar ( You Are as Sweet as Cream and as Beautiful as the Moon ) played by Mary Ellen's Arabic Music Ensemble. Performance at Middle Eastern Treasures 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 Latouf -- oud, vocals Husain Resan -- violin, vocals Sarah Michael -- qanun Hector Bezanis -- nay Mary Ellen Donald -- doumbec Angelena Kkyzar-Crowhurst -- percussion Brian Nutson -- percussion


Members of the audience dance to music by Mary Ellen's Arabic Music Ensemble at the conclusion of the first half of the Middle Eastern Treasures concert presented by Mary Ellen Donald on October 24, 2010, in Oakland, California. The music: Khalijia Allah Allah Ya Baba The ensemble: Nazir Latour -- oud and vocals Younes Makboul -- violin Sarah Michael -- accordion and qanun Ryan Greene-Roesel -- nay Mary Ellen Donald -- doumbec Angelena Kyzar-Crowhurst -- percussion Brian Nutson -- percussion To learn more about Mary Ellen Donald, go to


Kevin Cloud, Mary Ellen Donald, Uzbeki Doyra (frame drum) player, Salokhiddin Fakhriev & dance by Rasa


First of three parts of Ecclectica a composition by Mary Ellen Donald for 10-piece percussion ensemble, performed at the Middle Eastern Treasures Concert, presented by Mary Ellen on October 25, 2009, in Oakland, California. Contact Mary Ellen at (510) 654-DRUM or go to