Booking / Events
Middle Eastern Treasures Concert and Feast
Saturday Afternoon, February 24, 2018
Elks Lodge, Alameda
Presented by Mary Ellen Donald, nationally acclaimed author, instructor and performer in Middle Eastern Percussion for over 40 years. Featuring:
Musical ensemble with Younes el Makboul, violin and vocals; Bouchaib Abdelhadi, oud and vocals; Susu Pampanin, tabla; Amina Goodyear, riq; TerriAnne Gutierrez, duf
The Arabian Passion Band with Nazir Latouf, oud and vocals; Reda Darwish, tabla; Imad Mizyed, percussion, plus special guest artist to be announced joined by Mary Ellen Donald on doumbec
Exquisite Belly Dancers: Amberetta, Alma, Rebecca Vasile, Basinah and Zahara
Two large percussion ensembles
Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at door ($10 children under 12) plus a potluck dish. A variety of beverage will be provided. Alcoholic beverages can be purchased at the bar.
Special Note: We have a long standing pot luck tradition at this event. Please bring something scrumptious to add to the feast.
Location: Elks Lodge 2255 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda, 945011, 3rd floor. Free parking behind building. There is an elevator from the parking lot. Visit www.alamedaelks1015.org for directions.
Time: 1:30 PM potluck begins and continues throughout the event. 2:00 – 5:15 PM concert
Photos of our belly dancers can be seen at www.facebook.com/maryellendonalddrum.
For more details call 510-654-DRUM (3786)
Click here for flyer.
New Beginner Doumbec Class in Oakland
Starting in January 2018
presented by Mary Ellen Donald, nationally acclaimed author, instructor and performer in Middle Eastern Percussion for over 40 years.
Time: 7:30PM to 9:00PM every other Thursday Starting October 12
Location: close to West Oakland BART station and five minutes off of 880 freeway, with ample parking.
Fee: $20.00 per class paid at the first class of the month.
Class size: 5 – 8 students
Required instructional materials, produced by Mary Ellen and available
for purchase at first class:
Doumbec Delight book : $20.00
Middle Eastern Rhythms for beginners contains two CD’s with five
minutes each of 28 rhythms played on doumbec and tambourine by Mary
Ellen plus two booklets with musical notation for all the rhythms for
doumbec, tambourine and finger cymbals: $35.00
Sample pages of the book and sound bites from the CD’s can be found at
Note: Drums will be available if you don’t already have one.
For more details and to secure your place in the class, call (510) 654-3786.
Make this your year to keep your promise to yourself to learn something new!
Hope to see you in class.
| Rave Review for Mary Ellen's
Sunday, August 12, 2007, Oakland,
Hello Mary Ellen,
WOW! Your Birthday Bash at
Humanist Hall was the most amazing
musical feast EVER! I do not want
to forget to thank you ever so much
for celebrating your birthday at
It was such a fantastic,
spectacular, world class, music and
dance phenomenon. The music was so
gorgeous. Your medley, your
song about summertime, was the best
tribute to summer I've EVER heard.
It was so beautiful and haunting,
it gave me goose bumps. And the
belly dancer was out of this world,
pure liquid, pure magic. Your
music and song, and her dancing,
were all so wonderfully creative
and eclectic and captivating -- it
was impossibly enjoyable -- hard to
describe -- completely fulfilling!
Thank you again! I have the
deepest appreciation for your
~ Fellowship of Humanity
Sittat al Qalb (Women of
Mary Ellen Donald:
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In an educational and entertaining drum and
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