First track in progress, new collaboration

I have just laid down the base layers for my first track, which will be featured in an upcoming music video project with my friends Jennifer Faust and Freyja.  We have a great film and special effects crew to help make this happen.

I have recently embarked on a new collaboration with concert pianist Michael Glenn Williams. We will have our first concert on Wednesday March 28th in Thousand Oaks at the Black Box. This collaboration features Michael playing live while I process the sounds and mix in electronic beats. It’s a cinematic sound with abstract elements and a dark fusion feel.

This is my first attempt at posting regular blog updates.
More soon. Thanks for your support – Amar

Feb. 2012 Newsletter

2 new albums released by G.S. Sachdev – Available on CD or Download                 Website and Graphic Design by Calamity Sam 
Calamity Sam‘s New Necklaces – Coming soon on Etsy (Check her Etsy Page on Monday)


Sat. Feb.11 NON STOP BHANGRA
*New Location: Public Works SF, 2nd Saturdays*
East Coast Bhangra lands in SF with Basement Bhangra’s DJ Rekha,
joining NSB for the First Time Ever!
Plus the usual crew with special guests. Amar on visuals.NSB


Sunday Feb. 19 DUB MISSION
– Sundays at Elbo Room, SF –
presents Zion Train featuring Neil Perch with Rocker T plus DJ SepDubMission


March 29 ZULU LOUNGE LA
*New Location: King King, Hollywood
Featuring MARDI LOVE, DJ Amar, LA’s favorite dancers & more.zululounge


April 11 JET SET
Luka’s Taproom & Lounge, Oakland
Guest DJ Amar & resident DJ Santerolukas


May 5 G.S. SACHDEV
Concert at Palace of Fine Arts, SF
Classical Indian ragas with Bansuri Maestro G.S. Sachdev,
joined by Tabla Virtuoso Swapan Chaudhuri.
Don’t miss this opportunity to see these two masters in one of the Bay Area’s Premiere venues.
Presented by CIIS – Tickets on sale now. Book early for best seating.sachdev
*2 New Albums by G.S. Sachdev available on CD. Click HERE to order.


May 18-19 Cosmik Casbah TRIBAL FEST AFTER-PARTY
2 nights at The Hopmonk Tavern, Sebastopol, CA
Featuring
Beatbox Guitar wth Pete List (Djinn) from Brooklyn, NY
Cheb i Sabbah (1002 Nights, Six Degrees)
DJ Sep (dub mission)
Dulce Vita (Opulent Temple)
DJ Amar (Electric Vardo, Surya Dub)
The Mata Hari Hustle
& a Top Notch selection of performances each night with Surprise Guests.
Full lineup and Tickets at cosmikcasbah.wordpress.comcosmik casbah


Summer so far:

June 1-3
Cairo Caravan, aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA.
Amar teaches “Mastering Your Mix” – Music Mixing workshop for dancers
and DJs at the Saturday night Gala show.

June 29-July 1
DANCE FROM WITHIN
Yoga and Belly Dance Retreat in the Santa Cruz Mountains with
Amy Sigil, Kami Liddle, Ashley Lopez, DJ Amar.
Amar teaches “Mastering Your Mix”  workshop
and DJs Saturday night.

July 27-29
FUSION FEST
Boise, ID
One of my Favorite Fusion Belly Dance festivals in the world, in the lil town of Boise, Idaho.
Friday Night show, Saturday Competition, Show + Afterparty with DJ Amar, Workshops all weekend.
Lineups, Workshop Instructors and details will be announced in the springtime.


That’s all for now!

Thank you for your support – Amar.

October Newsletter

I’m taking a few minutes out from packing for our upcoming Europe trip to say Hi and send an update on things happening in the world of Electric Vardo, DJ Amar & Calamity Sam and extended Electric Vardo family members.

First off, we are winding down to the last few days of my fundraising effort for my new music production project.

If you haven’t heard already, I’m making an album. Upon returning from my Europe tour, I will be starting from the ground up, collaborating with musicians and producers, creating some of my own music, and within a year’s time, I plan to finish a complete album. You can help me along with this in a number of ways.

Whether you wish to donate or just find out more about the project, visit my page HERE for a description of what I am doing.

Here are 3 ways you can help, and gain some goodies for yourself:
DJ Amar Kickstarter project
Items on eBay from my old store
Music on my Amazon Store

DJ Amar's Kickstarter page

A week from today, Calamity Sam and I head to spain for the first of our trio of gigs in Europe. Here is a link to our tour page on farcebook 🙂 … http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=121814811245962

And here’s the promo video for the festival. You’ll see Sam and me in there 🙂

We begin our journey joining Unmata, Mira Betz, Tjarda and many other amazing dancers in Valencia for VLC TRIBAL FEST, where Sam will be teaching 2 workshops (Oct. 31) and performing in the big weekend show “Alice in TribalLand” (Oct. 29).

I will be DJing the Tribal Party Show on Halloween (Oct. 31), accompanied by Calamity Sam, Olivia Kissel and other dancers.

After VLC, and a few days vacationing in southern Spain, we will head to England for a weekend in Brighton with Hilde Cannoodt. Sam and I will both be teaching workshops on Saturday Nov. 12 in Brighton. Before that though, Friday night, Nov. 11, we will be taking over the Proud Brighton Ballroom with Top Shelf Jazz.

From the UK, we head to the Netherlands for The UZUME’s Beyond Bellydance IV. After an amazing show in March with Ariellah and Shakra, we will be returning to join Cera Byer and Olivia Kissel. Sam will be teaching on Wednesday Nov. 16th in Den Haag to open the festival. I will be teaching on Friday Nov. 18th also in Den Haag. The big show on Sunday Nov, 20 is at Rasa in Utrecht.


Then we come home :).


And while we will be overseas, there are some great local events that I would like to recommend.


Dub Mission presents a special “halloween-ish” show on Sunday Oct. 30 with The Spit Brothers plus residents J. Boogie and DJ Sep.


Zulu Lounge Zulu Lounge LA presents Kami Liddle and Zoe Jakes, along with some of LA’s greatest Tribal Fusion and experimental dancers plus DJs Imagika Om and Psychotropic, Thursday November 17 at Boardner’s in Hollywood.


And sharing some exciting news …

My good friend who also happens to be one of my favorite creative collaborators, Christine Garvin (You may have seen her on stage with Dholrhythms at Non Stop Bhangra, with her dance partner Monica as bHop mOves, with me on stage at Tribal Fest and the afterparties, The Groove Garden, at another event or on KRON 4 News’ segment on our big New Year’s Eve show a few years ago) is offering nutrition and wellness consultations nationwide (and hey, why not internationally?) to people who are interested. And why should you be interested? Because now is the time to get stronger from the inside, to gain more peace that reverberates on the outside, and to enjoy every little bit of this precious life. Click on the image below to read more and visit her site on Living Holistically … with a Sense of Humor


Halloween Release of Maduro’s new album BLACK MAGIC KINGDOM.
Click on album cover below to see article and listen to samples.
New music video on the way by Yours Truly.
Check the Octofoil Records website for order info.
Digital Release Oct. 31, 2011


THANK YOU for your support,
Amar