I started working Arabic and Persian nightclubs in 1972-73, first in San Francisco, then in Orange County and Los Angeles. It stopped being fun in the early '80's so I quit and became a commodities broker. After that stopped being fun, I quit. Since then I've done a variety of things but have always continued playing as I love Middle Eastern music.
My wife and I formed Helm in the 1980's. Band members have included Henri Besancon, Laurie Eisler, Tobias Roberson, Larry Klein, Lars Tergis, David Glazier, Pat Bogel, and Frank Aviles. Dancers we've worked closely with include FatChanceBellyDance, Mira Betz, Elizabeth Strong, Zoe Jakes, Hannah Romanovsky, Terry del Giorno, Sage Hoban and Venus Serpentina. We are also known for our past association with !Aywah and Hahbi Ru.
I've traveled fairly extensively throughout the Middle East, playing on sidewalks and in plazas in many countries. These days I am glad to have great musicians friends like Tobias (see our CD, Itneen), Faisal, the whole "East Bay" crowd too numerous to mention who keep amazing me with what they do, and the Lark in the Morning crowd: Sami Shumays, Wael Kakish, and my fellow Grammy winners, Robin Petrie and Paul Hostetter.
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