Baharat Middle Eastern Music Concert
8pm – Baharat Middle Eastern Music Concert
10pm – End of event
11pm – CoSM closes
Founded by Brooklyn native Michael Burdi in early 2014. An ethnic fusion band, the word Baharat is Arabic for spices. More specifically a spice combination that varies in different regions from the Middle to Far East. Baharat band uses different rhythms and phrasings from many of these cultures, creating a sound that is both similar to each culture yet true to their own sound. Baharat also has influences from Flamenco to Native American music and are still exploring more ethnic musics from around the world. After playing shows around New York City with various musicians, the bands line up began to take shape. Jeff Campoli, a Middle Eastern percussionist who became the backbone of the band’s rhythm section joined and they began playing a monthly resident showcase for bellydancers in New York.
Baharat developed a traditional repertoire as well as enough material for their debut album, Mosaics. Before the album was complete, the band was joined by electric bass player Enrique Mancia, who give the band a fuller sound that would bring it all together. Most recently Jimmy Lopez has joined the band on Latin and world percussion. The band is also joined regularly by guest musicians, live and on their record. Baharat is working on the followup to Mosaics and are out playing New York City and beyond to support their album.
Enrique Mancia (Bass) is a Honduran bass player currently living in NYC. A honors graduate from New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, he has performed in major festivals throughout the country and recorded with award-winning producers from the East to West Coast for several artists.
Jeff Campoli (Darbuka) is a percussionist with over 20 years of experience performing in various musical genres (Klezmer, Russian folk, Romani, Balkan Brass, Turkish, Arabic, musical theatre, experimental, and post-punk). He has played in a variety of venues: festivals, parties, cabarets, burlesque shows, bars, weddings and funerals. He plays the following instruments with Baharat Band: darbuka, dahola, tar, davul (bass drum), and riq.
Jimmy Lopez (percussion) hailing from Brooklyn and specializing in world percussion instruments. His fusion of global ethnic rhythms and playing techniques along with his diverse drum and percussion palette has led him to be the percussionist of choice for many popular musicians and groups.