Dina Zarif Ensemble


Date and Time: Thursday, May 24, 8:00pm
Duration: 60 min, with intermission
Location: Firehouse

Ticket Information

Early Bird: $15
General Admission: $25

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Dina Zarif

Dina Zarif Ensemble, formerly, Love Songs from Around the World (LSFATW) Is a collaboration between Dina Zarif, an Iranian immigrant singer and Amelia Romano, a San Francisco native harpist, performing a blend of classical and folk music. The ensemble invites the listener on a journey that fuses Flamenco and Tango inspired rhythms and Iranian Folk tunes in a seamless soundscape of tragedy and triumph with deep concepts of immigration and homeland.The ensemble is joined by special guest, Will Brahm.

Dina Zarif vocals and arrangements, is a performer and vocalist who combines western classical singing with middle eastern styles inspired from her Persian roots to develop her unique sound. Some of her credits are SF International Arts Festival, Palace of Fine Art, San Jose stage, with Golden Thread Productions in Brava Theater and Leyla & Majnun staged reading at BAMPFA as part of the symposium around Silk Road Ensemble & Mark Morris. She is a costume designer and actress in the Feathers of Fire shadow production touring nationally and internationally. Dina received her MA in Landscape Architecture and currently is the Director of Programming At Red Poppy Art House in San Francisco.

Amelia Romano/Harp / Arrangements is a professional freelance harpist and singer. An active performer in Bay Area venues including the Mission Cultural Center, Red Poppy Art House, and La Pena. Her world music trio, StringQuake, draws inspiration from world traditions compositing with odd meters and driving improvisation. StringQuake toured Mexico in 2013, 2014, 2015, and performed in Festival de Latinoamericano de arpa Durango Mexico in 2013 and 2015. Her most recent collaboration, Luminance Ensemble, features harp, trumpet and acoustic bass, showcasing unique instrumentation through original compositions, arrangements of traditional South American folk songs, jazz improvisation, and American songbook standards.

Josh Mellinger/Frame Drum/Cajon/Tabla is a multi-instrumental professional percussionist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He graduated from the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California, receiving a BFA in Percussion Performance in 2010 and currently studies North Indian Drumming at the Ali Akbar College of Music. He performs and records with multiple groups in the Bay Area, and has performed internationally in Mexico and Europe. He was part of an ensemble featured in the world premiere of the musical Lovesick which won a multiple of awards including a Will Glickman Award, and the TBA award for Best Ensemble.

Morgan Nilsen/Clarinet Earned a Bachelors of Music in clarinet performance and the diploma in Ethnomusicology in Eastman School of Music. She studied under the direction of the New York Metropolitan Opera Orchestra’s former principal clarinetist Jon Manasse, took several lessons with internationally acclaimed klezmer clarinetist David Krakauer. After touring as Music Director of an International touring klezmer band for few years, Nilsen acted as the music programs coordinator at Zambaleta World Music School in San Francisco-supporting the start of a local multi-cultural education. Currently, Nilsen teaches clarinet at the San Francisco School, plays in the Inspector Gadje Balkan Brass Band; MWE (Turkish) with several orchestral ensembles, theater companies, and local singer-songwriters.

Schuyler Karr /Bass Is a bassist, composer, and arts administrator, Specializing in the classical and jazz traditions. He has performed with Brad Mehldau, Joshua Redman, California, Santa Cruz and Modesto Symphonies. He is a member of the One Found Sound chamber orchestra, and has performed chamber music with the Musical Art Quintet, Amaranth Quartet, and the Real Vocal String Quartet and with several Balkan, Turkish and Klezmer groups. He recorded with the Tumbleweed Wanderers. He served for a year as the Director of Performance Programming at the Red Poppy Art House and currently directs the Diablo Jazz Company in public and private events.

Will Brahm /Electric Guitar/Featured composer Born in Portland Oregon, Will moved to Los Angeles in 2007 and attended the Cole Conservatory of music at Cal State Long Beach, graduating in 2012 with a bachelors degree in jazz guitar performance as a 5-time K-jazz scholar. Having always loved music from different cultures around the world, Will formed his world music group Homenaje, releasing their debut album La Mariposa y el Mentiroso In 2017, featuring all original compositions of Will's. He tours internationally with Homenaje and the New West Guitar Group.


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