Traditional Instruments, Vocals, Dance & Electronics
Mystic Sufi to Joyful BHaJans, folk & classical
woven into original melodies
Composer, electronics, multi-instrumentalist (Egyptian oud, Turkish saz), and vocalist Narayan Sijan lived on the Silk Road, visiting India, Turkey, Israel, Egypt, and more from 1994-2006, learning and performing music with mystics, masters and locals on a shoestring budget. He creates an innovative alchemy of musical storytelling from original compositions and arranged traditional melodies.
Schirin Chams-Diba offers a visual feast of sacred temple and classic dances of the Silk Road, invoking elegant movement traditions of her native Persian lands, the colorful gypsies of India, and the alluring power of belly dance.
Electronic music is created by two-time GRAMMY nominee producer and programmer Carmen Rizzo whose credits range from Seal, Paul Oakenfold, A.R. Rahman, as well as co-founding the world/electronic act Niyaz.
Amin Shahin is one of a few Egyptian Gypsy(Ghajr) masters of the ancient Arghoul that has the musicianship to add a deep ethnic flair and power to the songs. He is one of the founders of the successful electro-acoustic world band Egyptian Project.
Marshall Bodiker’s passionate and heavy groove on darbuka, Egyptian tabla and riq brings a rhythmic sway to all.
Dancer Sonia Ochoa joins Karavan Sarai with her poetic, soulful and sensual dance. Sonia is best known for her elegant interpretations of raqs sharqi (belly dance), she has been featured as a soloist, principal dancer and contributing choreographer with various companies, most notably with the world-renowned Bellydance Superstars for eight years.
Karavan Sarai's debut album, Woven Landscapes, reached #6 on the CMJ world music charts; their current album Painted Sands has been in the top ten NACC world music charts for over 10 weeks peaking at #4. Festival highlights include Symbiosis and Lighting in a Bottle (California); to performing arts centers, Red Poppy Art House (San Francisco) and Corazon Performing Arts (Los Angeles). This evocative visual and sonic journey carries listeners to a nighttime courtyard of a virtual Silk Road inn, the Karavan Sarai that gave the project its name.
'Painted Sands' (2018), 10 weeks in the Top 10 World Music Charts, peaking at #4.
'Woven Landscapes' peaked at #6.