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May 5 | Walnut Creek

 The Qadim Ensemble and friends with Elizabeth Strong and her dancers 

Fundraiser Gala Event for B'nai Tikvah synagogue in Walnut Creek 

June 2nd | San Francisco   

  MADRE: The Ladino Project in collaboration with flamenco artists to present the Sephardic Woman's life cycle through song and dance 

The Brava Theatre 

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MADRE brings together leading talent in Middle Eastern music with world class Flamenco artists of the Bay Area. This show was originally conceptualized by Miriam Peretz and Rachel Valfer, two artists and mothers with Sephardic lineage, performing alongside Balkan and Middle Eastern all-stars such as Dan Cantrell, Faisal Zedan and Eliyahu Sills. This particular performance of MADRE marks an exciting and long awaited new chapter for the project, juxtaposing the Ladino traditions with the Flamenco lineage. Clara Rodriguez, David McLean and Fanny Ara lend their skills to the stage, illustrating the great commonalities and differences between these musics in theme and melody.

MADRE, The Ladino project's current performance piece, is a tribute to the lives of Sephardi (Middle Eastern/North African) women over the ages. MADRE expresses various aspects of women's lives through Ladino folk-songs of North Africa and the Balkans, woven together with traditional and cutting edge contemporary music and dance. This project explores the women’s oral song tradition as it evolves over time from past to present, shedding light on the experience of womanhood in the old cultures of the Sephardic diaspora to the present day.
 All Star Line-Up!

Rachel Valfer: Vocals & Oud
Miriam Peretz: Dance & Percussion
Dan Cantrell: Accordion
Eliyahu Sills: Ney & Upright Bass
Faisal Zedan: Arabic Percussion 
Special guests:
David McLean: Flamenco guitar
Clare Rodriguez: Flamenco vocals & dance
Fanny Ara: Flamenco dance
Yael Illa: Vocals  

June 8| Friday| Sebastopol,CA 

Shimshai & Eliyahu Sills
 featuring Marlon Aldana & Al Song Wolf Torre live in Sebastopol


October 4th | Thursday | San Francisco

 MADRE: The Ladino Project

 The Contemporary Jewish Museum 

736 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103 



Shimshai & Eliyahu Sills

Kuumbwa Jazz
320-2 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, California 95060  

Venango College of Clarion University, PA  

 Eliyahu Sills & Faisal Zedan 


The Qadim Ensemble & Movie

 Join us after the film for a live concert with The Qadim Ensemble, with music from the Middle East, including Iraqi songs.

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Film + Live Concert
On the Banks of the Tigris Discover this hidden story of Iraqi music. Majid Shokor, an Iraqi-Australian from a Muslim background, is on a quest to reveal the untold Jewish role in popular Iraqi music. The film follows Majid’s bold journey from Australia to Israel, Europe and Iraq, to meet exiled, uncredited Iraqi Jewish musicians who left their music behind when they fled Iraq. They unite in a concert; where music and culture transcend religion and politics. English, Arabic w/ English Subtitles. 

Rialto Cinemas:6868 McKinley Street, Sebastopol

Subud Hall, Sebastopol
234 Hutcins Ave
Sebastopol, CA 95472 
$18 advance / $23 door

Double bill  BOLO & OJOLO 

Ashkenaz  1317 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley CA 

Doors open @ 7:30pm BOLO @ 8pm  OJOLO @ 9:45pm

$19 at the door $15 in advance   510-525-5054 


May 26-27 | BOLO @ Lightning in a Bottle Festival | Bradley, CA
BOLO is excited to announce that we will perform at the Lightning in Bottle Festival!  Eliyahu Sills and Surya Prakasha will host individual workshops.

The Qadim Ensemble

Rare appearance featuring Eliyahu Sills on Ney & vocals (Jewish), Naser Musa on Oud & vocals (Christian, Palestinian), Hamid Saeidi on Santoor & vocals (Iranian), and Faisal Zedan on percussion (Syrian).  

Sebastopol Subud Hall

234 Hutchins Ave, Sebastopol, California 95472 

The Qadim Ensemble 

Rare appearance featuring Rachel Valfer on vocals & oud (Jewish), Naser Musa on Oud & vocals (Christian, Palestinian), Hamid Saeidi on Santoor & vocals (Iranian), Faisal Zedan on percussion (Syrian) and Eliyahu Sills on Ney & vocals (Jewish) 

Santa Cruz Jewish Cultural Festival

Sun 11 AM · Temple Beth El, Aptos · Aptos, CA 


June 12 | Monday | Berkeley, CA 

Safe Harbor Refugee Benefit for JFCS East Bay Featuring: The Qadim Ensemble 
Featuring Rachel Valfer on vocals & oud (Jewish), Naser Musa on Oud & vocals (Christian, Palestinian), Hamid Saeidi on Santoor & vocals (Iranian), Faisal Zedan on percussion (Syrian) and Eliyahu Sills on Ney & vocals (Jewish)  

Freight & Salvage

A special benefit concert for Jewish Family & Community Services East Bay’s services for refugees and immigrants. JFCS East Bay is one of three resettlement agencies in the East Bay, currently resettling Afghan, Iranian, Iraqi, and Syrian refugees, as well as LGBTI refugees from Africa and the Middle East. JFCS East Bay is also serving and supporting undocumented families fearing detention and deportation. All money raised will support JFCS East Bay’s Refugees Welcome Fund and Undocumented Family Support Fund.   


 St Ambrose University | Davenport, Iowa  

The Qadim EnsembleEliyahu Sills , Naser Musa, Hamid Saeidi, Dror Sinai 


Yale University
The Institute of Sacred Music

Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
Wellesley College
Multifaith Center,
Wellesley MA

The JCC in Manhattan
334 Amsterdam Avenue,  New York, NY 10023

 Beloved Festival | Oregon 

Priceless Festival | Belden CA 

  World Flute Association | Eau Claire, Wisconsin 

Zaytuna College
Annual Conference of Ibn Arabi Society USA
Berkeley, CA

Germantown Jewish Centre
400 West Ellet St, Philadelphia, PA

Penn State Berks
Perkins Student CenterAuditorium
2080 Tulpehocken Rd, Reading PA 

University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH

Dergahal-Ferah Sufi Center
245 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013   


 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire 
WorldFlute Society
International Association of Sufism 
presents:  Songs of the Soul 
The Qadim Ensemble

Eliyahu Sills 
& Fanna Fi Allah
Pacific CulturalCenter
1307 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz, California95062  7:00pm 

Johnny D's Uptown
Davis Square, Somerville MA

The de Young Museum 
San Francisco, CA   

Beloved Festival

Mystic Garden Party Festival  
Corning CA 

Omega Insitute of Holistic Studies
Rhinebeck, NY
Grace Cathedral 
San Francisco 
All Pilgrims Church
A night of ecstatic poetry and sacred music with 
Michael Meade & The Qadim Ensemble
 Seattle, WA

a special evening of Sufi music 
245 West Broadway NewYork, NY 10013 
Peninsula Jewish Community Center
Foster City, CA 
Berkeley World Music Festival
Berkeley CA 
First Unitarian Church 
The Ecstatic Soul
A night of ecstatic poetry and sacred music with
Michael Meade & The Qadim Ensemble
Portland OR
Santa Clara University
Santa Clara, CA
Temple Emek Shalom
Ashland, OR
Babson College
231 Forest Street
Babson Park, MA  02457
Arlene Francis Center
            Santa Rosa, CA        

Northeast State Community College
 Blountville, TN 
Pomegranates & Figs: A Feast of JewishMusic
The Haven Underground 
228 Broad Street 
Nevada City CA.,95959
Congregation Beth E
Bennington Vt 
Magnes Museum 
Berkeley, CA  

Yoga Mountain Studio
Eliyahu with Shimshai
85 Bolinas RD
Fairfax, CA
Church of the Incarnation
Highly acclaimed ELIYAHU SILLS with JASON RANJIT PARMER weave together a bodyofcontemplative songs from the Near East, North Africa, and from India, usingtraditionalregional instruments; a musical journey for peace. 
Santa Rosa, CA

Chochmat HaLev
2215 Prince Street
Berkeley, CA 94705
Kol HaEmek
8591 West Road
Redwood Valley, CA
A Night of Moroccan Gnawa, Sufi &Trance Music 
Yassir Chadly, Eliyahu Sills, Tim Abdellah Fuson &Bouchaib Abdelhadi 
La Peña Cultural Center 
3105 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA, 
Eliyahu Sills, Rachel Valfer, AmirEtemadzadeh
Persian & HebrewMusic
The Red Poppy Art House
2698 Folsom Street
San Francisco

The Havurah
185 N. Mountain Ave

Palo Alto JCC
Palo Alto, CA

Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel
300 South 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103-6695

Kuumbwa Center
an exploration of the links between Flamenco and North African music&dance.
Santa Cruz 

La Peña Cultural Center
The Bay Area Flamenco Partnership presents 
an exploration of Flamenco and North African music &dance.

Temple Beth El
Ancient Yemenite Diwan, Ladino songs from the Balkans, and modern Israeli versions of High Holiday liturgy 
Rachel Valfer Sills - Oud (Middle Eastern lute), vocals
Eliyahu Sills - Ney (Turkish reed flute)
Yinon Darwish - Traditional Yemenite vocals,  kemancheh (spikefiddle),guitar
Dror Sinai - Vocals, percussion
Miriam Peretz -  Dance
3055 Porter GulchRoad
Aptos, CA 95003 

Days of Awe in Song and Dance
Evocative Piyutim and Selichot from the ancient Yemenite Diwan, Ladinosongsfrom the Balkans, and modern Israeli versions of High Holiday liturgywoventogether with story, and interpretative sacred dances. The evening willculminatein participatory song and dance.
Rachel Valfer Sills - Oud (Middle Eastern lute), vocals
Eliyahu Sills - Ney (Turkish reed flute)
Yinon Darwish - Traditional Yemenite vocals, kemancheh (spike fiddle),guitar
Dror Sinai - Vocals, percussion
Miriam Peretz -  Dance 

Kehilla Community Synagogue
1300 Grand Avenue
Peidmont, CA
The Troubadour Music Center
     Corvallis, OR 

First Unitarian Church
w/ Michael Meade, sharing poetry & stories from Rumi & Hafiz
A night of ecstatic poetry and sacred music with storyteller andmythologistMichael Meade and The Qadim Ensemble 
1187Franklin St, San Francisco, CA 
1317 San Pablo Ave
Berkeley, CA 94702\
PACE Theatre
41 Union St.
Easthampton, MA 01027
w/ special guest Boujemaa Razgui
Kol HaEmek (Mendocino County)
8591 West Road
Redwood Valley, CA 95482
Agate Hall
18th Ave. & Agate St, Eugene, OR
Sponsored by the Eugene Cultural Center, Or haGan Jewish Community, andRhythm& Bliss Productions
All Pilgrims Church
A night of ecstatic poetry and sacred music with Michael Meade and The Qadim Ensemble  500 Broadway E, Seattle WA
Mythologist and storyteller Michael Meade will weave ecstatic poetry with ancient"wisdom tales", while The Qadim Ensemble offers devotional music of the Middle East. Qadim celebrates the rich spiritual heritage foundintraditional Arabic, Jewish, Turkish Sufi, Greek, and Moroccan music.
The Evergreen College Recital Hall
2700 Evergreen Parkway, Olympia, WA
First Unitarian Church
ThisDarkness Is Your Candle
A night of ecstatic poetry and sacred music with Michael Meade and TheQadimEnsemble
1011 SW 12th Ave
Portland OR

Wave Street Studios
774 Wave Street Monterey CA 93940
OddFellows Hall 
123 N. Main,Sebastopol, CA - 707.824.1155

St.Paul's Episcopal Church 
1221 Wass St.
Tustin Calif. 92780
Sponsored: TheInterfaith Council of Central Orange County
Levantine Cultural Center @ Mimoda Studios/Theatre
w/ Special Guest Naser Musa
5774 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles 90019.
Acoustic Music San Diego
4650 Mansfield Street
San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 303-8176
Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno
2672 E. Alluvial –Between Chestnut and Willow Ave
Fresno, CA
824 L Street
Arcata, CA

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