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 ūüôā 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 РPalace 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¬†

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 РAvailable 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 ‚Äúfusion‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äúworkshop within the workshop‚ÄĚ 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 ( + DJ Sep(KPFA/Dub Mission) + DJ Amar ( 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: