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Red Poppy Art House: Vince Delgado’s Mid-East Tapestry Ensemble: Middle Eastern Classical & Folk Melodies

June 7 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Vince Delgado’s Mid-East Tapestry Ensemble plays a diverse array of classical, urban, and folk music from the Arabic-speaking countries, as well as Turkish, Greek, Armenian, and Persian traditions along with original compositions. In a time when there is so much negative perception about the Middle East, the ensemble believes that the aesthetics and variety of these cultures would be of interest to American audiences. There is much beautiful music to be heard from these countries that have been developing and evolving their culture for a few thousand years. The Mid-East Tapestry Ensemble is a 501c3 California non-profit organization.

Vince Delgado – kanun, percussion
Coralie Russo – oud

Rami Ziadeh – riqq, percussion
Tom Shader – acoustic bass

Vince Delgado has been playing jazz for 75 years and Middle Eastern music for 59 years. In 1951, he studied Japanese classical music, and in 1965, he began studying North Indian classical music on the tabla. He became the first director of the Ali Akbar College of Music in 1968 and has been featured on numerous recordings as a percussionist. He has performed in Istanbul, Paris, London, Mumbai, Bogota, Mexico City, and other cities around the world with many luminaries including Zakir Hussain, Ali Akbar Khan, Necati Çelik, Halil Karaduman, John McLaughlin, Paul Winter Consort, Mickey Hart, Harry Partch, Simon Shaheen, and Larry Vuckovich.

Coralie Russo has been playing and performing Egyptian, Turkish, Greek, Lebanese, Armenian, Syrian, and Persian music on the oud, an 11-stringed lute, for 40 years. She has studied with master musicians John Belizekjian, Necati Çelik, Georges Lammam, and Haig Manookian. Russo has also performed with Jazayer, Coral Rose, Aywah Dance Company and the Gypsy Caravan, and currently plays with Mid-East Tapestry Ensemble, the Aswat Women’s Ensemble, as well as Larry Vuckovich’s Blue Balkan and Crosswinds Jazz ensembles.

Rami Ziadeh was born in Kuwait. He began playing Arabic tabla at the age of four and was playing professionally by age nine. At 15, he moved to the U.S. and began studying drums with Roy Burns and Tony Williams, as well as tabla with Swapan Chauduri at the CIA. Ziadeh combines Middle Eastern techniques with jazz and flamenco rhythms. He has performed with Shabaz/Ali Khan, guitarists Mark Taylor and David Correa, Desert Wind, flamenco-jazz pianist Alex Conde, jazz bassist Jeff Denson, Pharoah Sanders, and Alonzo King Ballet. Ziadeh has also accompanied flamenco artists La Tania, La Fibi, and other flamenco and Middle Eastern artists.

Tom Shader is an acoustic bass player raised in the Detroit area, where he studied violin, viola, cello, string bass, and voice. He has had the privilege of performing with many fine musicians including Steve Allen, Henry Mancini, and Tommy Newsome. In addition to being a mainstay at many North Bay and San Francisco jazz clubs, Shader has appeared at some of the area’s popular jazz festivals such as Russian River, Cotati, Benicia, Monterey, Mammoth Lakes, Morro Bay, and the Sacramento Jubilee. His Middle Eastern bass work can be heard on numerous CD recordings. He has been playing and recording in the Mid-East genre for 30 years.


June 7
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm


Red Poppy Art House
2698 Folsom St
San Francisco, CA 94110 United States
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(650) 731-5383