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About Brothers of the Baladi

The Grammy nominated, Portland, Oregon USA based Brothers of the Baladi have adapted traditional Middle Eastern music to create a new hybrid of World Music. The quartet combines traditional acoustic Middle Eastern instruments and songs with western instrumentation, exotic rhythms with familiar grooves and vocals in seven languages (Arabic, Turkish, Farsi, French, Spanish, Armenian and English) to create a unique and highly rhythmic dance music. The Brothers have been blazing World Music trails around the globe through their recordings and live shows for over three decades. “ A sound that knows no borders “ LA Times The original Brothers of the Baladi (Colby, Peter, Josh Mertz and Michael Beach) began their career in Yuma, Arizona in 1975. They were formed to back up local Belly Dancer Zamara. Niagara Falls, NY born Michael Beach was living in Yuma teaching elementary school. The Middle Eastern music he heard on cassettes and records grabbed his ears, his soul and changed his life. It was Josh Mertz who came up with the name Brothers of the Baladi. Baladi is an Arabic word for folk, homeland and of the people. A fortunate turn of events in 1978 found Michael and his drums in front of thousands of people on The Main Stage of the Vancouver BC Folk Festival performing with the world renown Composer / Conductor David Amram. This event was also an eye opening, life-changing experience for Michael. Months that same year, Michael ended up in Santa Cruz, CA where he saw the widely popular Middle Eastern band Sirocco. The band was a huge inspiration to him. The cards were in the right place and the timing was right. Events relocated Michael to Oregon where he soon met and teamed up with the late Joseph Pusey. Thus Phase Two of Brothers of the Baladi commenced. The Kaleidoscope, Spirit, The Incredible String Band and their good friends Sirocco influenced the duo’s sound. Michael and Joseph toured the US and Canada extensively, developed a huge following, released three well loved Belly Dance albums: Dance with Gladness (1982), Food of Love (1983) and Beyond the Tenth (1989) and with dancer Leo DeFlambeaux, they built and created the original infamous Gypsy Stage at the Oregon County Fair. In 1989 they added bass guitarist J. Michael Kearsey to their special Global Rock sound. Joseph left in 1991 but with the help of Ishmael (kanoon) and Moroccan native Boujemma Razgui (oud, nay, violin and vocals) the Brothers released Further Journeys (1974). That album features traditional acoustic Arabic and Turkish music and is one of their biggest sellers ever. Phase Three through Thirty-Three was off and running! In 1995 the band teamed up with Moroccan born Tariq Banzi (Al Andalus) – oud, bouzouki, nay, riq and drums) and Attilio (keyboards) to release their fifth CD Eye on the World. Michael Shrieve, of the original Santana band and of Woodstock drum solo fame, performed, arranged and produced this album. He also composed Voyage, one of the songs on the CD. Eye on the World also includes The Brothers’ Middle Easternized version of The Rolling Stones’ Paint it Black, as heard on NPR Radio. The 1998 CD Heart of the Beast includes a unique version of Over Under Sideways Down as well as fourteen other Middle Eastern, Celtic, Afro Pop, Reggae and worldly mixes. Not content to do the same, one of their most popular and best sellers continues to be their 2000 holiday release, A Time of Peace. This CD features instrumental Christmas songs performed on traditional acoustic Middle Eastern instruments with Middle Eastern drums and rhythms. It spotlights Ishmael on the kanoon, Steve Flynn on ney, Stephen Skaggs on oud, Geoff George on bouzouki and Michael Beach on zurna, doumbek, zarb, riq, def and davul. Their favorite inside joke is “ So what’s Christmas got to do with the Middle East and what’s the Middle East got to do with Christmas?” Hope (2003) includes acoustic and electric Arabic, Turkish and Armenian songs sung in both English and the traditional languages. John Bilezikjian (Master of the Oud) and Sulieman Feldthouse (the Kaleidoscope and Sirocco on oud, violin and jimbush and nay) are both featured and honored guests on this wonderful Middle Eastern / World Music CD. In fact Feldthouse performed on the Armenian folk song Laz. This is basically the same song that was one of Kaleidoscope’s (with David Lindley) hits from the 1960s. The Kaleidoscope called their tune Seven Ate Suite. Another popular Belly Dance and traditional Middle Eastern CD, Presence of the Past (2025) brought a return to their traditional Arabic, Turkish and Armenian sound again. This one features Ishmael, Boujemma Razgui and Stephen Skaggs again as well as Brenda Erickson (violin) and Daniel Eshoo (oud and saz). Their Grammy nominated 2008 CD Just Do What’s Right, features “Baladiized” versions of Buffalo Springfield’s For What it’s Worth, Neil Young’s Rockin in the Free World and Chris Rea’s Nothing to Fear. This disc also includes six love and politically charged Middle Eastern / Rock originals in addition to gorgeous arrangements of five classic Arabic, Persian, Spanish and North Africans songs. On this CD Beach sings in Arabic, Farsi, Spanish, French, English and the old Anglo Saxon dialect of Northern England. Brothers of the Baladi have 11 CDs distributed exclusively both in retail and digitally by Allegro Media. The band averages @ 6000 downloads a month. As a member of Music Supervisor (LA, CA) their music has also been chosen for film and screen. Their music has been featured on TV’s Lost (ABC), Sexual Healing (Showtime), Core Culture (USA Network) and their music on the documentary Holy Family of Egypt - Jesus in Egypt premiered in Cairo and is featured and heard by millions on The TBN Channel. The Brothers’ whole music catalog can also be heard on radio: XM, NPR Radio, Thom Hartmann’s Air America and extensively on radio stations around the world. Credits also include music for the Tony Award winning Oregon Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and Comedy of Errors, live theater for Kismet and Inside Out’s One, featured music for Quest of Immortality – Treasure of Ancient Egypt and soundtracks for over fifty Belly Dance videos. They have shared the stage with Maria Muldaur, It’s a Beautiful Day, The Mamas and the Papas, 3 Mustaphas 3, Leon Redbone, Paul Horn, The Lovemongers (Heart), Poi Dog Pondering and Zachary Richard to name a few, and have headlines a zillion colleges, festivals, concert halls and clubs all over The US, Canada and Europe. “ Infectiously danceable – will lure congregates to the floor, seats of chairs and even table tops “ Artvoice Buffalo, NY Past band members Peter Helfand, Stu Fessant, Brad Rapp, Dennis Elmer, Richard Rothfus (Pink Martini), Mark Burdon (Vagabond Opera), Geoff George (Little Women), Richard Hankey, Kerry Movassagh and Daniel Eshoo have all helped shaped the sound throughout the years. The current lineup includes Beach fronting the band on lead vocals, doumbek / Arabic tabla, mizmar, midjwiz, def, riq, davul and drums. Kearsey on vocals, electric hass and percussion and Clark Salisbury on vocals, oud, saz and guitars. Throughout the many changes, Michael Beach still keeps the dreams alive of bridging the gap between the West and the Middle East. In addition to his work with Brothers of the Baladi, Beach is also a popular clinician, teaching Middle Eastern / World Music Drum Workshops around the globe. His 2004 solo CD Hands of a Thousand Dances is one of the most downloaded CDs in their catalog. Michael Kearsey has recorded two solo albums. Suite for the Columbia Gorge (1991) and Silverthaw (1989). Whether they are teaching Middle Eastern music workshops, providing sound tracks for movies and TV shows, performing and recording traditional Middle Eastern music and Belly Dance music OR headlining and Rockin’ out music festivals and clubs around the world, Michael Beach and his Brothers of the Baladi continue to embrace the true meaning of World Music. Brothers of the Baladi are represented exclusively by Dynamic Artists, based in Richmond, CA. Middle Eastern / World Music
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Genres:
International, World Music, Middle Eastern
Band Members:
J. Michael Kearsey, Michael Beach, Charles Pike, Clark Salisbury

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About Brothers of the Baladi

The Grammy nominated, Portland, Oregon USA based Brothers of the Baladi have adapted traditional Middle Eastern music to create a new hybrid of World Music. The quartet combines traditional acoustic Middle Eastern instruments and songs with western instrumentation, exotic rhythms with familiar grooves and vocals in seven languages (Arabic, Turkish, Farsi, French, Spanish, Armenian and English) to create a unique and highly rhythmic dance music. The Brothers have been blazing World Music trails around the globe through their recordings and live shows for over three decades. “ A sound that knows no borders “ LA Times The original Brothers of the Baladi (Colby, Peter, Josh Mertz and Michael Beach) began their career in Yuma, Arizona in 1975. They were formed to back up local Belly Dancer Zamara. Niagara Falls, NY born Michael Beach was living in Yuma teaching elementary school. The Middle Eastern music he heard on cassettes and records grabbed his ears, his soul and changed his life. It was Josh Mertz who came up with the name Brothers of the Baladi. Baladi is an Arabic word for folk, homeland and of the people. A fortunate turn of events in 1978 found Michael and his drums in front of thousands of people on The Main Stage of the Vancouver BC Folk Festival performing with the world renown Composer / Conductor David Amram. This event was also an eye opening, life-changing experience for Michael. Months that same year, Michael ended up in Santa Cruz, CA where he saw the widely popular Middle Eastern band Sirocco. The band was a huge inspiration to him. The cards were in the right place and the timing was right. Events relocated Michael to Oregon where he soon met and teamed up with the late Joseph Pusey. Thus Phase Two of Brothers of the Baladi commenced. The Kaleidoscope, Spirit, The Incredible String Band and their good friends Sirocco influenced the duo’s sound. Michael and Joseph toured the US and Canada extensively, developed a huge following, released three well loved Belly Dance albums: Dance with Gladness (1982), Food of Love (1983) and Beyond the Tenth (1989) and with dancer Leo DeFlambeaux, they built and created the original infamous Gypsy Stage at the Oregon County Fair. In 1989 they added bass guitarist J. Michael Kearsey to their special Global Rock sound. Joseph left in 1991 but with the help of Ishmael (kanoon) and Moroccan native Boujemma Razgui (oud, nay, violin and vocals) the Brothers released Further Journeys (1974). That album features traditional acoustic Arabic and Turkish music and is one of their biggest sellers ever. Phase Three through Thirty-Three was off and running! In 1995 the band teamed up with Moroccan born Tariq Banzi (Al Andalus) – oud, bouzouki, nay, riq and drums) and Attilio (keyboards) to release their fifth CD Eye on the World. Michael Shrieve, of the original Santana band and of Woodstock drum solo fame, performed, arranged and produced this album. He also composed Voyage, one of the songs on the CD. Eye on the World also includes The Brothers’ Middle Easternized version of The Rolling Stones’ Paint it Black, as heard on NPR Radio. The 1998 CD Heart of the Beast includes a unique version of Over Under Sideways Down as well as fourteen other Middle Eastern, Celtic, Afro Pop, Reggae and worldly mixes. Not content to do the same, one of their most popular and best sellers continues to be their 2000 holiday release, A Time of Peace. This CD features instrumental Christmas songs performed on traditional acoustic Middle Eastern instruments with Middle Eastern drums and rhythms. It spotlights Ishmael on the kanoon, Steve Flynn on ney, Stephen Skaggs on oud, Geoff George on bouzouki and Michael Beach on zurna, doumbek, zarb, riq, def and davul. Their favorite inside joke is “ So what’s Christmas got to do with the Middle East and what’s the Middle East got to do with Christmas?” Hope (2003) includes acoustic and electric Arabic, Turkish and Armenian songs sung in both English and the traditional languages. John Bilezikjian (Master of the Oud) and Sulieman Feldthouse (the Kaleidoscope and Sirocco on oud, violin and jimbush and nay) are both featured and honored guests on this wonderful Middle Eastern / World Music CD. In fact Feldthouse performed on the Armenian folk song Laz. This is basically the same song that was one of Kaleidoscope’s (with David Lindley) hits from the 1960s. The Kaleidoscope called their tune Seven Ate Suite. Another popular Belly Dance and traditional Middle Eastern CD, Presence of the Past (2025) brought a return to their traditional Arabic, Turkish and Armenian sound again. This one features Ishmael, Boujemma Razgui and Stephen Skaggs again as well as Brenda Erickson (violin) and Daniel Eshoo (oud and saz). Their Grammy nominated 2008 CD Just Do What’s Right, features “Baladiized” versions of Buffalo Springfield’s For What it’s Worth, Neil Young’s Rockin in the Free World and Chris Rea’s Nothing to Fear. This disc also includes six love and politically charged Middle Eastern / Rock originals in addition to gorgeous arrangements of five classic Arabic, Persian, Spanish and North Africans songs. On this CD Beach sings in Arabic, Farsi, Spanish, French, English and the old Anglo Saxon dialect of Northern England. Brothers of the Baladi have 11 CDs distributed exclusively both in retail and digitally by Allegro Media. The band averages @ 6000 downloads a month. As a member of Music Supervisor (LA, CA) their music has also been chosen for film and screen. Their music has been featured on TV’s Lost (ABC), Sexual Healing (Showtime), Core Culture (USA Network) and their music on the documentary Holy Family of Egypt - Jesus in Egypt premiered in Cairo and is featured and heard by millions on The TBN Channel. The Brothers’ whole music catalog can also be heard on radio: XM, NPR Radio, Thom Hartmann’s Air America and extensively on radio stations around the world. Credits also include music for the Tony Award winning Oregon Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream and Comedy of Errors, live theater for Kismet and Inside Out’s One, featured music for Quest of Immortality – Treasure of Ancient Egypt and soundtracks for over fifty Belly Dance videos. They have shared the stage with Maria Muldaur, It’s a Beautiful Day, The Mamas and the Papas, 3 Mustaphas 3, Leon Redbone, Paul Horn, The Lovemongers (Heart), Poi Dog Pondering and Zachary Richard to name a few, and have headlines a zillion colleges, festivals, concert halls and clubs all over The US, Canada and Europe. “ Infectiously danceable – will lure congregates to the floor, seats of chairs and even table tops “ Artvoice Buffalo, NY Past band members Peter Helfand, Stu Fessant, Brad Rapp, Dennis Elmer, Richard Rothfus (Pink Martini), Mark Burdon (Vagabond Opera), Geoff George (Little Women), Richard Hankey, Kerry Movassagh and Daniel Eshoo have all helped shaped the sound throughout the years. The current lineup includes Beach fronting the band on lead vocals, doumbek / Arabic tabla, mizmar, midjwiz, def, riq, davul and drums. Kearsey on vocals, electric hass and percussion and Clark Salisbury on vocals, oud, saz and guitars. Throughout the many changes, Michael Beach still keeps the dreams alive of bridging the gap between the West and the Middle East. In addition to his work with Brothers of the Baladi, Beach is also a popular clinician, teaching Middle Eastern / World Music Drum Workshops around the globe. His 2004 solo CD Hands of a Thousand Dances is one of the most downloaded CDs in their catalog. Michael Kearsey has recorded two solo albums. Suite for the Columbia Gorge (1991) and Silverthaw (1989). Whether they are teaching Middle Eastern music workshops, providing sound tracks for movies and TV shows, performing and recording traditional Middle Eastern music and Belly Dance music OR headlining and Rockin’ out music festivals and clubs around the world, Michael Beach and his Brothers of the Baladi continue to embrace the true meaning of World Music. Brothers of the Baladi are represented exclusively by Dynamic Artists, based in Richmond, CA. Middle Eastern / World Music
Show More
Genres:
International, World Music, Middle Eastern
Band Members:
J. Michael Kearsey, Michael Beach, Charles Pike, Clark Salisbury

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