Electric Vardo Novermber Newsletter – Part 2

Chebiji, with his partner, Eloise.

Upcoming Event Recap + QuickLinks:

Dangerous Beauties  (Nov. 10)

Mad Professor / Dub Mission (Nov. 10 / Sundays)

Underground Nomads (Tuesdays)
Meditation/Prayer for Chebiji  (Nov. 12)

Non Stop Bhangra  (Nov. 16)

Beats Antique at Fillmore  (Nov. 16 Sold Out) (Nov. 17)

Zulu Lounge LA (Dec. 5)

Calamity Sam I.T.S. Classes  (Mondays)

Cues & Tattoos + Tribal Fest AfterParty Tix on sale (March + May)

Calamity Sam LA Workshop – Friday December 6. 8pm at Dance Garden

Calamitous Combos with Calamity Sam, hosted by Rodin and BFLA.
$25 . 8:00-9:30pm . Dance Garden, 3407 Glendale Blvd. Eagle Rock
For details, visit thecalamitysam.com

Calamity Sam will also be teaching at Cues & Tattoos on SundayMarch 30th and performing at the Instructor’s Showcase on Friday March 28th, 2014 in Seattle, WA, and at Fusion Fest in Boise later next summer (dates tba). Other workshops and events in the works. Visit thecalamitysam.com for Sam’s whereabouts and links to register for her workshops.

Electric Vardo Partners & Alumni

Dub Mission – Sundays at elbo Room, SF

DJ Sep & residents Maneesh the Twister, Ludichris, Vinnie Esparza and J. Boogie + Special Guests each week. Weekly Calendar at dubmission.com.

Founding members of Electric Vardo, Ultra Gypsy’s Jill Parker,Rose Harden and Gibson Pearlteach classes and perform in the bay area. Click on each of their names for links to their websites. Rose teaches as part of Strange Brew, along with Zoe Jakes, Kami Liddle and Elizabeth Strong, Wednesdays at the FatChanceBellyDance studio. Jill teaches at ODC in SF and Spring Fall Studio in Berkeley.

Frédérique / The Lady Fred is a worldwide avant-garde theatrically based belly dancer, artist, instructor, pioneer, and creator / director of both: Silent Sirens Theatre™, and the Black Heart Ballads™

Current Class Schedule (See The Lady Fred‘s website for updates on classes, workshops and events):

Wednesdays: Improv Tribal Style Level: Beginner 8:15pm – 9:45pm East Bay Dance Center, Oakland

Visit Calamity Sam’s Calamitous Costuming Etsy store for some awesome head pieces, necklaces and more – all made by her.

Sam and Amar are offering design and promotion services to promoters, dancers, musicians, DJs and all in the creative arts business. Current clients include Zulu Tatoo & Zulu Lounge (flyers & brochures), Heather Shoopman (website), G.S. Sachdev (CD & DVD artwork, flyers, posters, business cards & website), BFLA (Flyers & Blog), Fusion Fest (flyers and promotion), Unmata (flyers), Tribal Fest (ads, flyers), Cues & Tattoos (flyers, program). Send us an e-mail for info.

Cues & Tattoos – March 26-30, 2014 in Seattle, WA

Amar and Sam will be teaching at Cues & Tattoos and co-hosting the EMERALD VARDO AfterParty featuring an exclusive lineup of dancers, More details to come soon. Workshop registration is now open. Amar is also offering Video services for the festival. Visit the Cues & Tattoos website for video order forms.

Electric Vardo Tribal Fest AfterParty – May 16-17, 2014, Sebastopol, CA

Tribal Fest 2014 registrations and AfterParty Tix on sale now.

AfterParty tix are on sale, with Special Early Bird discounts and bonuses.
The Official Tribal Fest AfterParty by Electric Vardo will take place on Friday and Saturday May 16 & 17.

Music from Around the World – CDs and DVDs from my store and personal collection at my Amazon Store.

Classical Indian Music Albums and instructional video by G.S. Sachdev – Visit gssachdev.com for details.

Authentic loose-leaf chai made fresh to order from a traditional family recipe with a flavor reminiscent of the railway station chai-wallas in India. Available in Traditional Black or Naturally Caffeine Free Rooibos.

September 24: Dunkelbunt, Makyo, Dulce Vita, Calamity Sam, Azure, Zoe Jakes, Analisa, Tatyana +

Underground Nomads

Post-Symbiosis Global Shakedown with a rather massive lineup for our quaint little night.


Asian Dub meets Balkan Electro Swing with Makyo(Japan) and Dunkelbundt (Austria!

We are excited to welcome Special Guests Dunkelbunt from Austria and Makyo from Japan, joining resident Dulce Vita on the decks for the night. In addition to DJ sets, we will be opening the night with a Live set by Jinnaya (Makyo’s new project) featuring our local favorite percussionist Drumspyder and Tribal Fusion Belly Dancers E-chan & Milla.

In addition to all that, we have dance performances by Azure, Zoe Jakes joining resident Calamity Sam with some of her ITS dancers, Tatyana, Azure and Analisa.

A note from Amar:
I just returned from Symbiosis and had an amazing weekend. I got to see Makyo’s set with Jinnaya late Saturday night and Dunkelbunt rockin the dancefloor on Sunday afternoon. Dulce Vita also joined me for my…

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Electric Vardo August-September updates



Dance Performances curated by Gina Grandi.

9pm-1AM. Dance Performances 10:00.
DJ Set following for the rest of the night.
At F8 / 1192 Folsom, SF

Drink Specials + Happy Hour each week!
This Week: $4 Guinness + $5 Bulleit – Picked by Amar for Calamity Sam 🙂

September brings exciting performances by residents FatChanceBellyDanceVerbatim and more, plus very Special Guest music producers and DJs from Austria and Japan, Dunkelbundtand Makyo.

September Schedule:

First Tuesday CHEB i SABBAH – Sept 3
Special Guest Opium Sabbah
FATHER + SON Special Night!
Guest Dancers Jennifer Faust, Millie Maddox, Laura Albert. (Vancouver, BC)
Second Tuesday DJ AMAR – Sept 10
+ FatChanceBellyDance, Shanti Jourdan (Los Angeles), Surreyya Hada.
Post-Reverence weekend party: Free Entry before 10pm with Reverence ticket. 2-for-1 until 11.
3rd Tuesday DJ SEP – Sept 17
+ Guest dancers VERBATIM (Unmata/Hot Pot, Sacramento), Danielle & Jeanette, Bramani, Masha
4th Tuesday DULCE VITA – Sept 24
– Special Night: Post-Symbiosis Shakedown
+ Special Guests DUNKELBUNT (Austria) and MAKYO Live (Japan)
Dance Performances by Calamity Sam, Tatyana, Mohini, Azure.
$5-10 sliding scale cover for this night. The night begins at 8PM with a special Live set by Makyo’s band.

Note that schedules each month may change. Check the website undergroundnomads.com or Facebook page for the latest information regarding DJs and Dancers performing each week.

Doors 9pm, $5 Cover (free before 9:30 on resident nights), 21+
Summer Special: 2-for-1 entry before 11pm.
*Come early so you don’t miss the awesome dance performances and Happy Hour!

Help us spread the word about our new night to your friends online and in real life :). We truly appreciate your support.

LIKE Our Facebook Page and RSVP to receive 2-for-1 cover before 11pm. Mention the 2-for-1 Summer Special at the door.

NOTE that F8 will be open for Happy Hour, so you can come even before 9 and hang out, enjoy some drink specials and appetisers. We start charging at 9:30, so if you are in early, you can stay for free (of course, we don’t mind the support, so you are free to contribute).

Also coming up in September.:

Dub Mission 17 Year Anniversary- All Resident Lineup + EP Release

This Sunday, September 1st, DUB MISSION will celebrate 17 years of spreading the dub virus throughout the Bay Area and beyond. DUB MSSION residents DJ SEPMANEESH the TWISTERVINNIE ESPARZA, and LUDICHRIS will have the dance floor jumping all night long. The night will also be a record release party for the Biggering Riddim EP, produced by DJ Sep and featuring vocals by two of Dub Missions favorite guests over the years: dr Israel and Mista Chatman.  www.dubmission.com

Non Stop Bhangra (Date Changes) Sept. 14, Oct. 19, Nov. 16.
As always, the night will begin with the ritual Bhangra dance lesson followed by beautiful dance performances with Dholrhythms Dance Company. To round out the mix, Special Guest DJs join the decks with Non Stop Bhangra’s own DJ Jimmy Love and DJ Rav-E, with NSB dholis Pavit and Mehul rocking the drum beats. Beyond dance, Non Stop Bhangra caters to sight and sound with visuals all night by DJ Amar while NSB photographer Odell Hussey captures the experience. So come join the crew for another colorful and vibrant night with great music, friends, gratitude, happy vibes, and non stop dancing.Note the date changes for the rest of the year.

Non Stop Bhangra normally falls on the 2nd Saturday of the month, but due to some changes at the venue, NSB has been bumped to different weeks for the remainer of the year. We will likely resume 2nd Saturdays in 2014. Check nonstopbhangra.com for the latest.

Unmata / Hot Pot I.T.S. Bay Area classes with Calamity Sam … Current Session in Progress, Drop-ins welcome.
Calamity Sam is now the Exclusive Bay Area certified instructor of Unmata / Hot Pot Improvizational style Belly Dance classes, and is teaching in Oakland/Emeryville on Monday Nights. She just completed the first 2 of the ongoing 8 week sessions, and the next one begins on August 12th.

Mondays, August 12th- September 30th: Hot Pot/Unmata Improvisational Tribal Style (LEVEL 1)
8:15pm- 9:45pm
$15 per class
info. at thecalamitysam.com
Level 2 and 3 classes coming soon.

Symbiosis Gathering: Featuring Electric Vardo / DJ Amar + Friends
Incredible lakeside location. Dancing all night till sunrise. Swimming in crystal clear waters. Sunrise and sunset views from lakeside dance floors. Yoga, Inspirational Speakers and Workshops, Cirque Theatre Comedy, Surrealist Bingo Kids Area, Mind Blowing Art Installations. FULL SG13 LINEUP: www.SymbiosisGathering.com

The ELECTRIC VARDO lineup (Friday night) will feature Dan Cantrell on accordion, Susanah Goldenstein (aka SooozhyQ) on doumbec, Karolina Lux on trumpet, Elizabeth Strong on zills and Jef Stott on oud with DJ Amar and Dulce Vita rockin the decks global style, joined b ydancers  Calamity Sam, UNMATA, Elizabeth Strong and Karolina Lux.

Welcome Home Cheb i Sabbah – April 26 in SF with Amar + FCBD

It’s time to celebrate Cheb i Sabbah’s long awaited return from India, and we’re doing it at Bissap Baobab!


Join us for a night of worldly dance floor beats with the man of the hour himself, joined by DJ Amar, for a night of music reminiscent of the old days at Nickies – spinning sounds from the middle eastern, north Africa, India, the Balkans, Latin America and beyond!

We will also be featuring a performance by the ladies of FatChanceBellyDance!

Following his smashing send off at the Nickies Flashback show last fall, we return with the same vibe for Chebiji’s first night spinning in SF since his recent return from India – loaded with fresh new sounds from his trip and his signature Outernational mix.

$10-$15 sliding scale
Proceeds to benefit Chebiji’s Cancer Treatment Fund

We are pleased to be hosting another night, which is both a fundraiser and a night with Cheb i Sabbah. Since his diagnosis with stomach cancer, there has been an amazing outpouring of help through direct donations and benefit shows all over the world. All of the support has enabled Chebiji to come back and continue playing for us. He has recently returned from winter in India where he received further treatment and played a few shows.

Please join us as we welcome him back for a night where he will do what he loves most – share his music with you on the dancefloor. Your attendance is important beyond any monetary means, and all of us on the dancefloor are who are fuelling his recovery and keeping him going through this brutal fight with cancer. Financial support is definitely still needed, and funds from this night will go toward his treatment fund. The amazing physical support (the crowd on the dancefloor) at the Nickie’s Flashback sendoff party before he went to India was amazing. We invite you back, and ask you to help spread the word and bring your friends to fill the dancefloor and bring the vibe that has been alive in SF for over 20 years.

Thank you to the folks at Bissap Baobab for hosting us, and thank you to all of you who have given support and continue to support in many ways.

RSVP on the facebook page, if you’d like, and join us on the Dancefloor 🙂

Tribal Tech Support launching at Tribal Fest!

DJ Amar and Calamity Sam will be providing technical services to dancers at festivals and events, kicking off at Tribal Fest this year. You will also find them (ok, Us 🙂 at Cairo Caravan in Long Beach and Fusion Fest in Boise this summer.

Visit the new site for details on the services. We are just starting out and will be building our service base as we see the need grow. We currently include music editing for your performance mixes, help with getting your tracks burned to CD to play at the festival, minor computer assistance, troubleshooting and repairs while you are at the festival, and more.


Come visit us at our vending table at Tribal Fest, where we will also be selling some hand made jewelry and costuming pieces by Calamity Sam. We will be vending together with The Plumed Serpent, so you will have an array of goodies to look at, and ask us any questions you have – or come to us for any assistance you may need with your music.

One of the items we will be selling at our vending tables is something we feel is important for every professional performer to have, and Especially instructors who travel teaching workshops. We will have cable packets for your ipods, smartphones, laptops or other music players to plug into sound systems. You should always keep one with you at a gig, one that you know will work. We will be offering 2 sets. The basic set is good quality, lightweight and reasonably priced at $5-6, which includes an ipod cable (stereo mini to rca) and an adapter so you are able to plug into an rca jack or ipod hookup. The Pro set will include a premium quality ipod cable that is designed especially for phones and ipods with covers, gold connectors and metal ends. The pro set will also include a pair of rca-1/4″ adapter plugs so that you can plug into an audio mixing board that does not have rca or stereo mini inputs. With this, you will be ensured of the highest quality sound coming from your player into the sound system. The pro set will be $10-12.

The cable sets can be ordered to be shipped as well. We will be receiving our first order for Tribal Fest in May, and will take pre-orders starting immediately to be picked up or shipped. Shipping cost will be an additional $3 within the US. If you live outside of the US, shipping costs may make it too costly. These are items you can get at an electronics store, though the ones I am purchasing have been tested and are of reputable quality. I am offering these because I feel the need to express the importance of using good quality cables and having your own, and want to encourage performers to be prepared for those times when you are at an event and the DJ forgets a cable or has one that is malfunctioning (this happens often), or arriving to class to find out that the studio cable is missing or broken. It’s a few bucks for peace of mind.

If you are needing help with mixing your music for your performance, I encourage you to contact us in advance. We will only be able to do a certain number of jobs during the week at Tribal Fest. To ensure our availability, please book as soon as you can. During the weekend, we will be there in case you need to burn your music to a CD (say, in case you forgot your CD or it cracked). We will have CDs on hand for you to purchase and burn yourself, or you can send us the music via email and we’ll burn a disc for you.

For updates to our services, and to contact us, please visit the Tribal Tech Support Web Page and send us an e-mail through the contact form.

March newsletter

Happy Spring Equinox!

Didn’t the year just turn? Well we are moving into Spring with an exciting array of events and projects in the works. After a busy 2011, we have had some down time and are gearing back up for some great things. First thing you’ll notice is the new emailer format. I have switched to using MailChimp (yeah, I like the name :). Hopefully the switchover will be glitch free as I work out the monkeys. This email is a test run. Please let me know how you like the new format or if you notice any issues. I still keep the emails to approximately monthly, with occasional special announcements, so you’re not bombarded. I am one to unsubscribe from lists that send daily or even weekly emails repeating all the same stuff.

March Events:

March 28: UMBER POLS
Debut concert in Thousand Oaks. Tickets
Umber Pols is the new project from DJ Amar and concert pianist Michael Glenn Williams. The show is a mix of dance/club scene and classical music concert.

A Vaudevillian Spectacular! Tickets
An evening of fanfare, dancing, live music, magicians, contortionists, circus performers, burlesque, DJs and a whole lot of FUN!
MARDI LOVE, Princess Farhana, Heather Shoopman, Aubre Hill, Entropy Arts, The Flying Morgans, Bella Luna, Calamity Sam, Cherchez La Femme, Srishti Dance, Michaella Manning, Viola Lala Mia, Daniella White ….and many more! Music by DJ Amar, DJ Psychotropic, Dance Hall Pimps (unplugged), Zulu.

April Events:

April 11: JET SET – DJ Santero’s weekly at Luka’s Taproom & Lounge in Oakland with Special guest DJ Amar spinning an eclectic mix of global sounds. No Cover

April 14: NON STOP BHANGRA #80 at its new location, Public Works SF
Bhangra & Bollywood Month featuring Prashant from Portland and DJ Precaution . Residents Jimmy Love, Sol Rising, Amar on visuals, Pavit on dhol, Marcus painting
and The HOOKAHDOME in the loft featuring Surya Dub’s Kush Arora, Opulent Temple’s Dulce Vita, Jef Stott with MC Rai and Drumspyder.

May Events:

May 5: G.S. Sachdev in concert, with Swapan Chaudhuri on Tabla – Palace of Fine Arts, SF .Tickets

Summer: (More details in next emailer)

June 1-3: Cairo Caravan (Long Beach, CA)
June 29-July 1: Dance from Within (Santa Cruz Mtns., CA)
July 27-29: Fusion Fest (Boise, ID)


DUB MISSION – SF’s World Renowned Dub night, in its 15th year running, Featuring DJ Sep with resident DJs J Boogie, Vinnie Esparza, Luduchris and Maneesh the Twister plus special guests. Check the calendar at dubmission.com

New projects underway, and a couple of announcements:

Cheb i Sabbah‘s new benefit album has just been released, with an amazing mix of music, including a track by my father, G.S. Sachdev. Info Here.
After a rough few months and an amazing recovery, he is back touring. He be returning from India in April and joining us at the Tribal Fest AfterParty and at Non Stop Bhangra in May. Promoters should know that he is available now for summer bookings. All proceeds from the new album will go toward his continued cancer treatment.

I am currently working on the first track to be featured in a performance video project featuring Jennifer Faust and Freyja. This will be the first of several tracks I will be producing as part of my album that is expected to be released at the end of the year. Information is on my Kickstarter page.

I have been working on a new collaboration project, Umber Pols, with concert Pianist Michael glenn Williams. Our first performance is next week.

My article on the importance of music in dance performance is about to be published in Fuse: A Tribal and Fusion Belly Dance Magazine.



Limited Presale with no fees until tix officially go on sale April 1

2 new albums by G.S. Sachdev

Available on CD or for download

Electric Vardo Feb. 2012 Newsletter

2 new albums released by G.S. Sachdev – Available on CD or Download                 Website and Graphic Design by Calamity Sam 
Calamity Sam‘s New Necklaces – Coming soon on Etsy (Check her Etsy Page on Monday)

*New Location: Public Works SF, 2nd Saturdays*
East Coast Bhangra lands in SF with Basement Bhangra’s DJ Rekha,
joining NSB for the First Time Ever!
Plus the usual crew with special guests. Amar on visuals.NSB

Sunday Feb. 19 DUB MISSION
– Sundays at Elbo Room, SF –
presents Zion Train featuring Neil Perch with Rocker T plus DJ SepDubMission

*New Location: King King, Hollywood
Featuring MARDI LOVE, DJ Amar, LA’s favorite dancers & more.zululounge

April 11 JET SET
Luka’s Taproom & Lounge, Oakland
Guest DJ Amar & resident DJ Santerolukas

Concert at Palace of Fine Arts, SF
Classical Indian ragas with Bansuri Maestro G.S. Sachdev,
joined by Tabla Virtuoso Swapan Chaudhuri.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see these two masters in one of the Bay Area’s Premiere venues.
Presented by CIIS – Tickets on sale now. Book early for best seating.sachdev
*2 New Albums by G.S. Sachdev available on CD. Click HERE to order.

May 18-19 Cosmik Casbah TRIBAL FEST AFTER-PARTY
2 nights at The Hopmonk Tavern, Sebastopol, CA
Beatbox Guitar wth Pete List (Djinn) from Brooklyn, NY
Cheb i Sabbah (1002 Nights, Six Degrees)
DJ Sep (dub mission)
Dulce Vita (Opulent Temple)
DJ Amar (Electric Vardo, Surya Dub)
The Mata Hari Hustle
& a Top Notch selection of performances each night with Surprise Guests.
Full lineup and Tickets at cosmikcasbah.wordpress.comcosmik casbah

Summer so far:

June 1-3
Cairo Caravan, aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA.
Amar teaches “Mastering Your Mix” – Music Mixing workshop for dancers
and DJs at the Saturday night Gala show.

June 29-July 1
Yoga and Belly Dance Retreat in the Santa Cruz Mountains with
Amy Sigil, Kami Liddle, Ashley Lopez, DJ Amar.
Amar teaches “Mastering Your Mix”  workshop
and DJs Saturday night.

July 27-29
Boise, ID
One of my Favorite Fusion Belly Dance festivals in the world, in the lil town of Boise, Idaho.
Friday Night show, Saturday Competition, Show + Afterparty with DJ Amar, Workshops all weekend.
Lineups, Workshop Instructors and details will be announced in the springtime.

That’s all for now!

Thank you for your support – Amar.

DJ Amar and Calamity Sam bring Electric Vardo to EUROPE!

Calamity Sam and DJ Amar are embarking on what we might call the Surprise 2nd leg of their 2011 European tour, thanks to Nuria Gallego for inviting us to VLC Tribal Fest, to Tjarda and Renate of the Uzume for inviting us back to Beyond Bellydance, and to Hilde Cannoodt for hosting us in Brighton, England.

We start in Valencia, Spain for VLC Tribal Fest 2 on halloween weekend.

After a few days vacationing in Southern Spain, we head to London en route to Brighton, where Amar and Sam will both teach workshops and partake in a show hosted by Hilde and featuring Top Shelf Jazz.

We close the trip in Utrecht, Den Haag (the Hague) and Amsterdam for a return to Beyond Bellydance IV.

Calamity Sam will be Teaching 2 workshops and performing at VLC Tribal Fest (Oct 28-Nov 1), in Brighton (Nov 11-12) and at Beyond Bellydance (Nov 16-20).

Amar will be DJing at VLC Tribal Fest on Halloween with performances by Olivia Kissel and Calamity Sam. He will be teaching his Mastering Your Mix workshop and DJing in Brighton and at Beyond Bellydance.

VLC Tribal Fest
Oct 28-Nov 1



Nov 11-12

Top Shelf Jazz and DJ Amar – Nov 11

Calamity Sam and DJ Amar workshops – Nov 12

Beyond Bellydance IV
Nov 16-20



Visit Amar and Sam’s facebook pages for updates on workshops and shows.

Calamity Sam

DJ Amar

Electric Vardo Show June 18 at Club Six – Workshops June 19 in Oakland with Sherri & Amar

Electric Vardo presents


for a special night and a weekend of workshops.

SHOW: Friday June 18 at Club Six ( in the Dark Room) in SF.

Doors 9pm.


Dance Performances by

ARIELLAH & Deshret Dance Company

SHERRI aka Cherchez La Femme



Calamity Sam



Full details tba

includes the following ($20 savings – Free show entry and Free mix CD)

Oakland workshop with Sherri
Oakland Workshop with Amar
Show entrance
Mix CD by DJ Amar

Individual ticket prices:

Oakland 3 hour workshop with Sherri – $45
Oakland 2 hour Workshop with Amar – $30
Show entrance – $10 advance / $15 door)
Mix CD by DJ Amar – $10


Saturday JUNE 19 in OAKLAND

DJ Amar – Mastering Your Mix
(music mixing workshop for dancers)

Learn how to make an impressive sounding mix for your next performance using industry standard state of the art software that you can download free. With a few simple steps you can adjust bass, midrange and treble frequencies; cross-fade one track into the next or edit a track down to just the portions you need; adjust the volume on one song if it is noticeably lower or higher than another; add layers using beats and ambient melodies from other songs. This workshop will give an overview of key features and shortcuts to get yourself started, show you how to edit a track, use the fade in and out feature, add a second track, and make a mix using 3 songs with one piece of music overlayed on another so you can learn how to mix a continuous set with smooth transitions for your performances.

Sherri Wheatley – Combos and Transitions

Combos and Transitions: Learn interesting new combinations that really emphasize the “fusion” in tribal fusion bellydance. Develop techniques to make your combinations and choreography less predictable by utilizing different planes of space and exploring varied staging options. Strong emphasis is also placed on creating interesting transitions between combinations to make choreography more varied. Mini “workshop within the workshop” will consist of several exercises that will help dancers connect to their inner muses and learn effective techniques to generate new choreography. Workshop will conclude with a choreography composed of the various combinations and transitions we will learn in class.

Workshops, Hosted by ARIELLAH, will be held at Ariellah’s studio in Oakland.

Electric Vardo – A mystical journey into far out eastern gypsy culture

Electric Vardo began in March 2005, exploring eastern gypsy culture through music, dance, visual & culinary art. The collective includes 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.

Details of upcoming shows will be posted on new website: http://www.electricvardo.com