The Starlight Salon: A Balkan infused evening featuring live music, bellydancing, and artisan cocktails!
The Keepers with dancing by Shanti Bardot & Elizabeth Strong
DJ Izzy Wise
The Keepers Collective is the Bay Area's newest acoustic experiment: a blending of traditional Arabic and Middle Eastern rhythms with hypnotizing horn harmonies found in the Balkans. Featuring Joey Friedman on Sax, Calvin Lai on Clarinet, Dan Cantrell on Accordion, and Faisal Zedan on Derbakki.
Shanti Bardot is a Bay Area bellydancer who specializes in Arabic Folk Dance, Turkish Roman, and collecting tiny instruments. Dancing has been a lifelong passion for Shanti, having started bellydance at age 11. She is currently a member of Arcana Music and Dance, Tsifteteli Delights, and Qabila Folkdance Co. in addition to other collaborative projects throughout the West Coast.
Elizabeth Strong is a San Francisco Bay Area dancer, choreographer, and teacher whose work focuses on the integrity and spirit of traditional dance forms inside of a contemporary framework.
Elizabeth has traveled to Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia, Morocco, Greece and Bulgaria to study closely at the source and is now considered one of the leading experts in the form.
Izzy Wise has been performing music since he was a child, first playing accordion in his father's Klezmer group. The multi-instrumentalist has played on countless recordings and vinyl releases including a self produced 7'' on Lips and Rhythm Records. Versed in the music that brings people together, Izzy Wise explores funky folk traditions mixed with modern dance production, something he likes to call "Clave Club". In addition to being a DJ, Izzy Wise produces music and has played and toured in many Bay Area bands such as Istanbul Connection, LoCura, Dona Francisca, Afrolicious, MC Rai and more.
Some notable Co-Bills: Sango, Sergio Mendez, Culture, Buraka Som Sistema, Tony Allen, Quantic, Nickodemus