Al 'Azifoon (The Musicians) Al 'Azifoon performs classical and traditional Arabic music on traditional acoustic instruments.
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Middle Eastern Classics

by

Nathan Craver, Yosifah Rose and Paul Ohanesian

Al 'Azifoon performing at El Morocco Dancers Night, October 7, 2012 with dancer Monica


Highlights of Past Performances - 2005 to 2014

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Dancer's Nights at El Morocco
El Morocco Restaurant
Pleasant Hill, CA

Since June 2006, Al 'Azifoon has been performing live music for El Morocco Dancers' Nights
on the first Sunday of every month at El Morocco Restaurant in Pleasant Hill, CA.
Dancers' Nights at El Morocco Restaurant celebrate the beauty, vitality, and joy of Classical Arabic music and dance!
Audience members and dancers all enjoy the music of Al 'Azifoon at Dancers' Nights.

Nathan and Yosifah of Al 'Azifoon with guest drummer Susu Pampanin at January 2008 El Morocco Dancers' Night
Photo: Nathan and Yosifah of Al 'Azifoon with guest drummer Susu Pampanin at January 2008 El Morocco Dancers' Night

Professional Belly Dance artist Zahara recently complimented Al 'Azifoon via email:
"If I can, I will come to the Dancers' Nights at El Morocco more often in 2011.
I recommend Dancers' Nights and live music by Al 'Azifoon for all dancers that like to perform to a great live music band!!!
Al 'Azifoon is the best!! :)
Dance Your Heart!! ~ Sincerely, Zahara"

Photos from May 2011 Dancers' Night by John Kalb

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Rakkasah West Belly Dance Festival
Saturday/Sunday, April 8-9, 2017
Saturday/Sunday, March 12-13, 2016
Saturday/Sunday, March 14-15, 2015
Saturday/Sunday, March 15-16, 2014
Saturday/Sunday, March 16-17, 2013
Saturday/Sunday, March 17-18, 2012
Saturday/Sunday, March 12-13, 2011
Saturday/Sunday, March 13-14, 2010
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Richmond, Vallejo, Concord, CA

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North Bay Bellydance Bazaar
Sirens Studio at Subud Hall
Saturday-Sunday, October 1-2, 2016
Saturday-Sunday, August 22-23, 2015
Saturday-Sunday, October 11-12, 2014
Sirens Studio at Subud Hall
Sebastopol, CA

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Al 'Azifoon with Mark and Ling Shien Bell of Helm
Sonoma County Wine Weekend
Ram's Gate Winery
Sonoma, CA
Saturday, September 3, 2016

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A Special Evening of Music and Dance with Al 'Azifoon
with special guests Mark and Ling Shien Bell of Helm!
Sunday, April 10, 2016
El Masri Restaurant
San Francisco, CA

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Cabaret of Music and Dance
Hosted by Terry and RaksTerayz
Al 'Azifoon with Helm!
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Suzie's Studio
San Rafael, CA

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Carnival Of Stars Festival
Saturday/Sunday, August 1-2, 2015
Richmond Memorial Auditorium
Richmond, CA

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The Carnelian
Saturday, June 28, 2014
Belly dance performances by Sharifa and Her Habibi Dancers!
The Carnelian
Walnut Creek, CA

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San Francisco Free Folk Festival
Saturday, June 20, 2015
Saturday, June 21, 2014
San Francisco, CA

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A Special Evening of Music and Dance with Al 'Azifoon
(and special guests Mark and Ling Shien Bell of Helm)
at Roxx On Main
Friday, May 30, 2014
Martinez, CA

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Belly Dance! Student Night at El Morocco
(with special guest drummer Mary Ellen Donald)
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Sunday, April 27, 2014
El Morocco Restaurant
2203 Morello Ave. at Taylor Blvd.
Pleasant Hill, CA

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A Special Afternoon of Music and Dance with Al 'Azifoon
at Down Home Music
Saturday, April 26, 2014
El Cerrito, CA

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Al 'Azifoon with Helm, Moroccan-themed corporate party
Rutherford, CA
Thursday, March 13, 2014

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Al 'Azifoon with guest drummers Cynthia Rutherford and Monica Berini and dancer Una at February 2013 Halanda Hafla

Al 'Azifoon with guest drummers Cynthia Rutherford and Monica Berini and dancer <b>Una</b> at February 2013 Halanda Hafla
A Special Evening of Music and Dance with Al 'Azifoon
at Halanda Dance Studio
(with special guest drummer Cynthia Rutherford of Flowers of the Nile)
Saturday, February 16, 2013
San Jose, CA
MORE PHOTOS!

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Al 'Azifoon with Helm, Moroccan-themed corporate holiday party
at Chambers, SF, CA
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Client Reference by Chambers events manager Isabelle:
"Thank you! Al 'Azifoon's performance was the highlight of this Moroccan-themed event."

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Third Saturday Tarab at Bacheesos
Saturday, November 17, 2012
(Yosifah and Nathan sat in with Mary Ellen Donald and Terry Holgate)
Bacheesos Middle-Eastern Restaurant
Oakland, CA

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Helwa's Student Hafla
Saturday, November 3, 2012
With Live Music by Helm with Al 'Azifoon!
Burlingame Parks and Recreation Auditorium
850 Burlingame Ave.
Burlingame, CA

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Desert Heat Bellydance Troupe
Presents:
Annual Oasis Shows!
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Saturday, October 15, 2011
With Live Music by Al 'Azifoon!
Veterans Hall of El Cerrito
6401 Stockton Ave.
El Cerrito, CA

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KKUP World Music Marathon Weekend
Saturday, October 8, 2012
Saturday, October 10, 2009
91.5 FM
San Jose, CA
(408) 260-2999
(831) 255-2999
Compliments to Al 'Azifoon from Lars at KKUP:
"I remain really appreciative of your very generous appearance at our marathon.
It was, as far as I am concerned one of the biggest highlights of the weekend.
I would be most happy to have you appear on One World in One Hour on KKUP...anytime! ~Lars"

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Creekside Arts Festival
Sunday, March 25, 2012
with dancing by Amal Shihabi!
Schedule of Events
Clayton Pioneer Article
Clayton Library
Clayton, CA

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Special Performance and Educational Event featuring Classical Arabic Music by Al 'Azifoon
at the Martinez Library
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Martinez, CA

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Special Performance and Educational Event featuring Classical Arabic Music by Al 'Azifoon
at the Rossmoor Senior Adult Community
(with special guest drummer Cynthia Rutherford of Flowers of the Nile
AND a special performance by Khalilah Samah!)
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Walnut Creek, CA

Al 'Azifoon at Rossmoor October 2011 with Cynthia Rutherford

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Special Performance and Educational Event featuring Classical Arabic Music by Al 'Azifoon
at the Pleasant Hill Library
Photos from this performance are in the Library Collection (click <- Newer to scroll through them)
(with special guest drummer Cynthia Rutherford of Flowers of the Nile)
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Pleasant Hill, CA

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Orinda Friends of the Library present a
Special Performance and Educational Event featuring Classical Arabic Music by Al 'Azifoon
at the Orinda Library
(with special guest drummer Cynthia Rutherford of Flowers of the Nile)
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Orinda, CA

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Kensington Library
Special Performance and Educational Event featuring Classical Arabic Music by Al 'Azifoon
with special guest drummer Cynthia Rutherford of Flowers of the Nile
and special guest dancer Khalilah!!
Al 'Azifoon at the Kensington Library 4-18-11
Monday, April 18, 2011
Kensington, CA

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Kinetic Arts Foundation 'Desert Oasis' Gala Fundraiser
(with special guest drummer Cynthia Rutherford of Flowers of the Nile)
Dancing by Salena and Raks a'Diva!!
Friday, March 18, 2011
Crowne Plaza Hotel Concord
Concord, CA

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Al 'Azifoon performs for private parties and Zaffa Wedding Processions
throughout the greater Bay Area. Below are a few samples with client compliments and/or links to audio/video clips:

Zaffa Wedding Procession
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Oakland, CA
After the wedding, Bride Jem complimented Al 'Azifoon via email:
"Thank you so much for everything! We will be sure to let you know when the wedding pics and video are up."
Here is the video link that Jem emailed to us:
Zaffa Wedding Procession by Al 'Azifoon
on Kaiser Center Rooftop Garden, Oakland, CA.

On this YouTube clip the wedding videographer over-dubbed commercial music as a sound track for the entire video;
however, the beginning of this clip has a nice shot of Al 'Azifoon as a trio (with Mark Bell) leading the Zaffa Procession.

Private Corporate Party
Saturday, May 13, 2010
Rancho Cordova, CA
Client Melissa V.'s emailed thanks to the band:
"Thank you so much Al 'Azifoon!
You all were amazing, and the night went wonderfully.
I think this night will always be remembered by all.
Ziad and all of the staff had a wonderful time! Thank you!"

Al 'Azifoon performing with professional belly dancer Zahara
at a 40th anniversary party on Saturday, March 28, 2009, Alameda, CA
Compliments to Al 'Azifoon from the dancer Zahara via email after performing with Al 'Azifoon on 3/28/09:
"First of all I would like to say how happy that I met you, Yosifah!
I think you are an amazing woman -- such a hard worker and wonderful person, beautiful inside and outside!
God bless you!!! You are an open heart ready to help anytime.
Also, your band Al 'Azifoon is a joy to work with. I love to dance to music by Al 'Azifoon.
Everyone at this party (on March 28, 2009) had a great time because of your music!"

Zaffa Wedding Procession
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Lafayette, CA
Three-piece Acoustic Percussion Zaffa Wedding Celebration
at Wildwood Acres Resort, 1055 Hunsacker Canyon Road, Lafayette, CA
Brida Mona complimented Al 'Azifoon:
"Thank you for everything -- including letting us use your mic for our vows!
Your music helped to make our day special!"

Wedding Celebration/Reception
Saturday, June 21, 2008
Novato, CA
Bride Rachel's compliments as emailed to the band:
"WOW! What a great party! I want to thank you for a beautiful performance!
After speaking with everyone after the wedding, all I kept hearing was how wonderful the music was.
It really set the tone for a personal and distinct wedding and I really thank you for that.
It was so great meeting you and thank you again for being such an important part of our wonderful day!"
Zaffa Medley: Itmakhtari - Duqq' Al Mazahar
Al 'Azifoon performed the Zaffa procession
as well as two 45-minute sets of Classical Arabic music as background dinner music
for this wonderful Egyptian/American wedding.
The bride for this wedding requested that her Zaffa start
at a "dignified and stately tempo with no zhagreets"
and then pick up in tempo as the Zaffa procession continued.
This recording was taken from a handheld video camera.
We have included it for reference use only.

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Martinez Library
Special Performance and Educational Event
with guest drummer Cynthia Rutherford of Flowers of the Nile
and special guest dancer Khalilah!!
Flyer
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Martinez, CA
Librarian Patrick's compliments to Al 'Azifoon:
"The performance was fabulous! And such a hit with the crowd.
I really would like to have you back next year in our brand new performance space.
Thanks again! Sincerely, Patrick, Martinez Library"

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Dancing For Rachel - Gaza Mental Health Foundation Benefit
Yosifah and Nathan with Helm!
Sunday, March 28, 2010 - Photos!
World Dance Fitness
San Anselmo, CA

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Acalanes International Night Fundraiser
with Khalilah! Thursday, March 18, 2010
Acalanes High School
Lafayette, CA
Compliments from Cathy Challacombe, Leadership advisor Acalanes High School:
"Thank you so much! Al 'Azifoon and Khalilah gave a really great performance! You were all great!"

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Spring/Fall Haflas at WorldDance Fitness and GoddessWear Boutique

Al 'Azifoon performing with our friends Mark Bell and Ling Shien of the band Helm in April 2009 at a hafla hostessed by Dhyanis in San Anselmo, CA
Al 'Azifoon performing with our friends Mark Bell and Ling Shien of the band Helm
April 18, 2009 at Spring Hafla by Dhyanis in San Anselmo, CA

Saturday, February 20, 2010 - Photos!
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Saturday, April 18, 2009 - Photos!
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Saturday, September 15, 2007
Saturday, April 7, 2007
San Anselmo, CA

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San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival Auditions
Sunday, January 17, 2010
With Troupe Tangiers
Palace of Fine Arts Theater
San Francisco, CA

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Holiday Winemaker Dinner
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Merryvale Vineyards
St. Helena, CA
Client compliments to Al 'Azifoon:
"Thank you all so much for the magnificent performance! It was truly a night that everyone will remember.
You have all been truly blessed with your amazing musical talents. I will be sure to keep you in mind for future events.
Feel free to use me as a referral. Thank you again! Happy Holidays!
Sincerely, Elizabeth A. Mason, Merryvale Profile Club Manager

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Belly Dance Fantasy Festival
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Sunday, July 30, 2006

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Desert Dance Festival
Sunday, September 13, 2009
S.E.S. Hall
Santa Clara, CA

Mary Ellen Donald's
Middle Eastern Treasures

Sunday, April 26, 2009
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Sunday, April 30, 2006
Sunday, October 23, 2005
Humanist Hall
Oakland, CA

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Sharifa's Belly Dance Spring Hafla
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Pleasant Hill Community Center, Parkside Room
Pleasant Hill, CA

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Egyptian Coffee House
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Sharifa's Studio
Walnut Creek, CA

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Music Interpretation Workshop on Tamr Henna
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Sharifa's Studio
Walnut Creek, CA

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Bay Area MECDA Workshop and Hafla
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Lunatic Fringe Boutique and Dance Arts Studio
Sunnyvale, CA

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Setareh's Hafla Grande
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Bamboo Lounge
at the Clarion Hotel
San Jose, CA

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Desert Dance Festival
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Rosicrucian Park
San Jose, CA

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Harvest Party "On the Road to Marrakech"
with Helm
Saturday, September 8, 2007
Robert Young Estate Winery
Geyserville, CA

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Music In Action Concerts
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Community School of Music and Arts
Finn Center
Mountain View, CA

Community School of Music and Arts
Music In Action Workshops
April 17-23, 2007
Various Elementary Schools
Mountain View, CA

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Ma*Shuqa's Open Stage Hafla
Saturday, October 7, 2006
San Jose, CA

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2006 Martinez Italian Street Painting Festival
Sunday, September 24, 2006
Martinez, CA

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Yosifah's Free Potluck Hafla
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Monday, February 13, 2006
Lafayette Community Center
Lafayette, CA

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Elias Lammam's Middle Eastern Ensemble Class
Opening for the Georges Lammam Ensemble
(All members of Al 'Azifoon performed as part of the ensemble class)
Saturday, August 12, 2006
Our Redeemer's Lutheran Church
South San Francisco, CA

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Elias Lammam's Middle Eastern Ensemble Class
(All members of Al 'Azifoon performed as part of the ensemble class)
Opening for the Al-Raja Debkha Dance Group from Ramallah, Palestine
Thursday, June 22, 2006
Saint Matthew Lutheran Church
Walnut Creek, CA

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Elias Lammam's Middle Eastern Ensemble Class Spring Recital
(All members of Al 'Azifoon performed as part of the ensemble class)
Saturday, May 20, 2006
St. Alban's Parish Hall
Albany, CA


Visit Al 'Azifoon on Other Media Productions:

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Al 'Azifoon is on YouTube! Visit our YouTube Channel,
featuring live performance videos and links to the original versions of many of the songs we play,
including some of our Rakkasah West performances. Take a look and have fun! www.youtube.com/alazifoon

Visit Al 'Azifoon on Facebook

Also, check out Al 'Azifoon's page on the Contra Costa County Arts & Culture Commission Directory AC5
!

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Al 'Azifoon is featured in the Cheeky Girls Production DVD release 'Secrets of the Stage, Vol. 3',
playing for Nanna Candelaria at the Belly Dance Fantasy Festival.


Video Highlights of Past Performances:

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These live performance videos were recorded and uploaded by dancers performing to live music by Al 'Azifoon
at various festivals, El Morocco Dancers' Nights, and private parties:

Ahava dances to Alf Leyla Wa Leyla at Setareh's Hafla Grande 10/14/07

Cassandra dances to Fakkarouni at El Morocco 2/1/09
Cassandra dances to Nassam Alayn el-Hawa at El Morocco 6/7/09

Crystal dances to Laylet Hob at El Morocco 1/6/08 (Part 1)
Crystal dances to Mark Bell's Drum Solo at El Morocco 1/6/08 (Part 2)

Livi dances to Fakkarouni at El Morocco 1/4/09
Livi dances to Bint Al Shalibiya at El Morocco 6/7/09

Najmes dances to Habibi Ya Nour Al Ayn at El Morocco 2/1/09 (Part 1)
Najmes dances to Nathan's guitar taqsim at El Morocco 2/1/09 (Part 2)
Najmes dances to Paul and Zaid's drumming at El Morocco 2/1/09 (Part 3)

Natira dances to Fakkarouni at El Morocco 6/7/09

Sahar dances to Samra Ya Samra at El Morocco 1/4/09
Sahar dances to Samra Ya Samra at El Morocco 2/1/09

Zahara dances to Alf Leyla Wa Leyla at a 40th anniversary party in Alameda, 3/28/09
With Mark Bell and Louay Dabhour on percussion.
More short clips: Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5

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Here are some older video performances, recorded and uploaded by Zaid's friend Franck,
from the April 2007 Dancer's Night at El Morocco.
We had Hector and Sarah playing with us at this show.

Alf Leila Wa Leila
Andah Aliek (with Yosifah Rose dancing)
El Helwa Di
Fakkarouni

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Al 'Azifoon at Rakkasah 2009


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