Electric Vardo began in March 2005, exploring eastern gypsy culture through music, dance, visual & culinary art. The collective included partners DJ Sep, Ultra Gypsy, DJ Dragonfly, Frederique, Freyja, Sooozhyq and DJ Amar. Electric Vardo extended family members include Dhamaal, Sila & the Afrofunk Experience, Tabla Rasa, Rena Jones, Boom Boom Bollywood, Dhol Rhythms, Triple Power, Lumin, Kitundu, Soulsalaam, Cheb i Sabbah, Sub Swara, Atash Maya, SooozhyQ, Beats without Borders, the Nekyia, Clandestine… and the list goes on.
On June 30th 2006 we hosted “Midsummernight Breaks” – a smashing reunion of the original Dhamaal DJs (Janaka Selekta, Maneesh the Twister, Dhruva) combined with a live set by Sub Swara (Dhruva, Sunder, Haj), joined by Kush Arora with Bellydance performances by Frederique & Haven, and an opening set with Amar. We’ll be planning another one this year.
In April 06 we had a special night at Club Six feauring DJ SEP & CHEB i SABBAH & AMAR with FREDERIQUE &,Special guest HAVEN, & a unique performance by AMAR+ FREDERIQUE+SOOOZHYQ, the closing night of Dhamaal’s 3rd annual Sights & Sounds festival.
Our first monthly event:
11.March.05 – ELECTRIC VARDO
DAS COLLECTIVE = DJ Dragonfly (gatheringforgood.com) + DJ Sep(KPFA/Dub Mission) + DJ Amar (Bansuri.net) bring you an unique Global experience featuring Live Music, DJs, Dance, Visual Art and Culinary Delights. The focus of this opening night will be on the East: South Asia and Beyond, enticing the crowd with infusions of Ragas from the streets of Calcutta complemented by the spicy flavors of Bengal, moving into rhythmic motion with Bhangra dancers, Live Percussion and DJs spinning Tribal Breaks, Exotic House, Global Chill, Middle Eastern Drum & Bass, and rhythms & melodies from the far off saffron scented lands.
Artists for the night included: the DAS Collective (DJs Dragonfly-Amar-Sep), Live Asian percussion ensemble TABLA RASA, Live middle eastern drum & bass masters LUMIN, Guest DJs SOULSALAAM, JIMMY LOVE and members of the DHAMAAL Collective, Dance performance with DHOL RHYTHMS Bhangra Dance Troupe and FREDERIQUE of Belly Groove, plus a special evening Dinner Lounge with live performances by KITUNDU + SUKHADIA on Phonoharp and tabla, and TEED ROCKWELL performing Hindustani Ragas on Chapman Stick. Visuals by DAS Collective Residents, Art installations by JIMMY LOVE, Guest Chef AMAR, and in house Chef STERLING with Liquid Diva SALIE behind the bar.