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TarabRaqs in the News

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Morgan Messenger April 9, 2012 









 WTAP Night on the Nile.


Past Shows

Festivals & Concerts
Turkish Festival (3 times, Washington, DC), Turkish Heritage Festival (McLean, VA), Mayfair Festival (Allentown, PA), CityFolk Festival (Dayton, OH), Taste-of-ALL Charleston (Charleston, WV), Mid-Ohio Valley Multi-Cultural Festival (2 times, Parkersburg, WV), West Virginia Wine & Arts (Martinsburg, WV), Montgomery County Public Schools Back-to-School Festival (Rockville, MD), Peace Jam (2 times, Berkeley Springs, WV), Asian-Pacific Islander Festival (La Plata, MD)
Schools, Colleges & Universities
Shepherd University (multiple times Shepherdstown, WV), Starting Points of Morgan County (Berkeley Springs, WV), Berkeley Springs High School (multiple times Berkeley Springs, WV), The Hill School (The Plains, VA), Howard Community College, (2 times, Columbia, MD), AlphaBest (Charles Town, WV), Hedgesville High School (Hedgesville, WV), Valley View Elementary School (Martinsburg, WV), Inwood Primary School (Inwood, WV), Back Creek Valley Elementary School (Hedgesville, WV), PawPaw Schools (PawPaw, WV), Marshall University (Huntington, WV), Warm Springs Middle School (Berkeley Springs, WV), Crofton Meadows Elementary School (Crofton, MD), Nantucket Elementary School (Crofton, MD), Gilman School (Baltimore, MD), Fairland Elementary School (Silver Springs, MD)
Lebanese Bistro (monthly, Morgantown, WV), Ambrae House (monthly weather-permitting, Berkeley Springs, WV), Ali Baba (monthly, Morgantown, WV), Cafe Cimino (2 times, Sutton, WV), Chams Lebanese Cuisine (3 times, Parkersburg, WV), Shaharazade’s Exotic Tea Room (monthly, Shepherdstown, WV), Tari’s (2 times, Berkeley Springs, WV), Earthdog Cafe (Berkeley Springs, WV), The Local Buzz (Cape Elizabeth, ME)
Private Events
Zohar Productions, Gala University of Maryland (Washington, D.C.)Party (Cheverly, MD), Party (Bethesda, MD), Party (Washington, DC), Party (Potomac, MD, Party (Great Falls, MD), Party (Charlottesville, VA), Party (Warrenton, VA), Party (Gore, VA), Wedding (Washington, DC), Party (Manassas, VA), Party (Columbia, MD), Party (Crownsville, MD), Bridal Shower (Shepherdstown, WV), Party (Frederick, MD), Wedding (Gore, VA), Wedding (Manassas, VA), Reunion (Washington, DC), Patrima Hafla (Berkeley Springs, WV), Party (The Plains, VA), Party (Gore, VA), Party (Berkeley Springs, WV), Party (Gore, VA), Party (Gore, VA)
Arts & Non-traditional Venues
LSSNCA (Falls Church, VA), Hampshire County Arts Council (Romney, WV), Allegany Arts Council (Cumberland, MD), Morgan Arts Council (multiple times, Berkeley Springs, WV), Farmers’ Market (Parkersburg, WV), Bluemont Concert Series (Warrenton, VA), American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee National Convention (Washington, DC), Veteran’s Administration (2 times, Martinsburg, WV), Martinsburg Library (2 times, Martinsburg, WV), Blue Ridge Educational Center (2 times, Front Royal, VA), Parkersburg Art Center (Parkersburg, WV), Morgan County Public Library (Berkeley Springs, WV), Musselman Library, Bellysima Bellydance (2 times, Berkeley Springs, WV), Valley Caravan (Berkeley Springs, WV), Farmers’ Market (5 times, Berkeley Springs, WV), Hancock Arts Council (Hancock, MD)

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Festivals & Concerts Description

Unleashing vitality and reaching deep into the soul, TarabRaqs effortlessly fuses the foreign with the familiar to emerge with a passionate performance that redefines world music.  With roots in West Virginia and spirit in the Middle East, the four-member family band throws down the glove to stereotypes and rocks the crowd with their jazz-inspired improvisation on traditional Eastern tunes spiced with belly dance.  From the concert stage to the school gymnasium, TarabRaqs reveals the thrill of travel, the appreciation of culture, and the excitement of live performance for every audience.  The group includes Jennifer Carpenter-Peak and Bob, Dakota, and Lhasa Peak.  Youtube/Jensuya1  Facebook/TarabRaqs

School & Library Programs Description

Raqqin' the Kasbah school performances are high energy costumed performances staged to educate through interactive entertainment K-5th, 6-8th, and 9-12th graders in the geography, history, language, music, dance, and culture of the Middle East.  Backed with a multi-media show, the program features one hour of live music on traditional Middle Eastern instruments, folk and belly dance, and interactive lessons in rhythm, melody, dance, language, and geography.  Audiences learn to clap the principal rhythm of the Middle East, enunciate Arabic and Turkish words, hear the differences between eastern and western melodies, dance a traditional line dance called the debke, and identify age-old instruments.  Youtube/Jensuya1  Facebook/TarabRaqs

School & Library Programs Description (Alternate)

Schools teach little on the history and arts of Arab and Turkish cultures.  The media, from video games to newspapers, is flooded with sensationalized and stereotyped images of Arabs and Turks.  No wonder many Americans recoil when they hear the term, "Middle East."  Frustrated with the average American's dearth of knowledge beyond the continent, TarabRaqs is on a quest to help change that.  Based in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia and created originally for the love of Arabic and Turkish music and dance, the group has a mission of making accessible to Americans the music, dance, and arts of the Arab and Turkish worlds.  They bring the Middle East to American kids virtually with live music and dance..  Youtube/Jensuya1  Facebook/TarabRaqs

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