The World For All: a Fundraiser for Omar Mokhtari

Dance Floor Open!

The World For All: a Fundraiser for Omar Mokhtari

Ali Paris and Briana Di Mara, Suzy and Eric Thompson, Andrew Carriere and the Zydeco Allstars, David Wagner, Gopal Slavonic, Lars and In Charge, Azidan, Bruno (on the Gallery Stage)

Tuesday, June 11th

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$20 ADV / $24 DOOR (plus fees)

  • Dance Floor Open!
  • Silent Auction.
  • All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.

The World for All: A Fundraiser for Omar Mokhtari
The World for All: A Fundraiser for Omar Mokhtari
Our dear friend maestro Omar Mokhtari is in need of help from our community right now. He was diagnosed with cancer and has just undergone an operation at Kaiser Hospital in Oakland. He is recovering presently, and is surrounded by loved ones.

We are hoping to raise at least $20,000 dollars to help with medical co-pays, transportation, and alternative health care during this crucial recovery process.

You may have met Omar at Lark in The Morning, Sweet's Mill, or WOMAD, and witnessed him play mandola, banjo, guitar or drums. If you have heard his deep voice, its not easily forgotten.

Omar was born in Algeria, North Africa, where his is considered a national treasure. He was raised in a completely self-sufficient community of Berbers (the indigenous people of North Africa). He was a young boy during the revolution against France and supported the Algerian resistance.

Omar is a master musician and a profound singer who proudly carries on the traditions and music of his people. He has led workshops, performed in concerts and taught private students for over 35 years in America, and also has worked as an electrical engineer, pilot, carpenter, cafe owner, caterer and much more.

Anyone who has met Omar has assuredly been touched by his gentle and regal nature. Always courteous, soft spoken and welcoming, he brings with him the gift of music, wit, and deep historical perspective.

If you have anything to share, including knowledge, time, or resources, now is the time to step up and give back to our friend Omar.

Thank you for your time and consideration.
Ali Paris and Briana Di Mara
Ali Paris and Briana Di Mara
“one of the most eclectic and diverse artists” Alicia Keys “unrivaled unique artist” Quincy Jones

Ali Paris captivates audiences worldwide with his unique fusion of Middle Eastern and Western music styles highlighted by both technical virtuosity and emotional expression. He accompanies his singing with his instrument, the Qanun, a rare Middle-Eastern 76-string zither that dates back to the 14th century.

He has received multiple international awards including the Artist of the Year (2006-2009) and has expanded his musical career exponentially, relocating to the United States to earn his degree at Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music. He has collaborated with a long list of world-renowned artists such as Alicia Keys, Quincy Jones, Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Alba, David Broza, Paco De Lucia and Bobby McFerrin. His solo performances have reached diverse audiences from the Newport and Istanbul Jazz Festivals to the White House in Washington DC and the Royal Palace in Jordan to play for both President Abbas of Palestine and Queen Rania of Jordan.

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Eclectic violinist Briana Di Mara brings her love of the instrument and its myriad voices to every performance. She was trained in western classical music as a child and has since gone on to study a variety of traditional styles including Celtic, Balkan, Persian, and Arabic. She harmoniously weaves these influences into own unique sound, as well as into her original compositions. She is known for her evocative improvisations and amazing ability to play a broad range of genres from many different countries.

Briana has performed and recorded with numerous artists in the Bay Area and beyond and enjoys teaching students of all ages.
Suzy and Eric Thompson
Suzy and Eric Thompson
Eric & Suzy Thompson have devoted their lives to the pursuit of weird and obscure old-time American music – warped fiddle tunes in odd tunings, cinematic ballads, country blues songs that contain mysterious metaphors, early Cajun music with incomprehensible French lyrics and backwards chords.

Using fiddle, mandolin, guitars, Cajun accordion, banjo (and the occasional odd instrument such as the ten-stringed cuatro) they bring these early 20th century sounds right into the present day. Eric’s picking on guitar and mandolin has been renowned for its tone and tastiness since his 1960s teenage bluegrass years, and his relaxed, down-home singing evoke Mississippi John Hurt. Suzy is known for her bluesy fiddling (which appears on two of this year’s best acoustic blues CDs, “Texas Sheiks” by Geoff Muldaur & the Texas Sheiks and “Garden of Joy” by Maria Muldaur) and her strong, straightforward and soulful vocals.
Andrew Carriere and the Zydeco Allstars
Andrew Carriere and the Zydeco Allstars
You can’t get much more authentic than Andrew Carriere, especially when he’s backed by his top-notch Zydeco/Cajun Allstars. A native of Southern Louisiana, accordionist and singer Andrew Carriere brings a long family tradition into his playing. His father was the legendary Creole fiddler “Bebe” Carriere, his uncle was accordionist Eraste Carriere, and cousins Chubby, Calvin, and Roy Carrier are popular in the zydeco arena. Carriere moved to the Bay Area in the ’60s, learned accordion from the late Danny Poullard, and is featured vocalist on the California Cajun Orchestra’s “Not Lonesome Anymore” CD. He performs regularly with the Creole Belles and CZ & the Bon Vivants, and more occasionally in the Cajun Classics.

Carriere’s Zydeco/Cajun Allstars include steel guitarist Billy Wilson, drummer David “Killer” Hymowitz, guitarist Mitch Polzak, and bassist Steven Strauss. The lineup might not seem particularly “traditional” to current followers of Cajun and zydeco, but, Wilson explains, “This is the real tradition that came out of the ’50s and ’60s honky-tonk Cajun bands, where they just had fun and played for dancers. The steel guitar was right there, and fiddles and an occasional lead guitar.” And, of course, the accordion. The repertoire is the standards and classics of Cajun and zydeco, old and new.
David Wagner
David Wagner
Raised in Marion, Ohio, songwriter/novelist David Wagner is a writer/musician/film maker who splits his time between Oakland, California and Istanbul, Turkey. As a writer and musician, David has created a varied and evolving catalog of songs, novels, screenplays, and prose, all tinted with a shade of social consciousness, sometimes hidden, sometimes highlighted, with inventive humor and device.

Known on the folk circuit as "The Hobo Professor," David has a Masters in Philosophy, a pursuit that adds a bit of depth to the humor in his work. Sardonic yet hopeful, the songs of David Wagner always have more going on than what you find on the surface. From straight forward waltzes to eastern-tinged ballads, David Wagner Music is lively, a bit frisky, and always original.
Gopal Slavonic
Gopal Slavonic
Gopal Slavonic trained at the prestigious 'Fundacion de Arte Flamenco Cristina Heeren' in Sevilla, Spain where he studied intensively with leading flamenco guitarists Miguel Angel Cortez, Jose Postigo, Antonio Carmona, Eduardo Rebollar, Jose Galvez, Steve Kahn, Juan del Gastor, and Tino Van Der Sman.

In his 24 years of dedication to flamenco guitar, Gopal Slavonic has returned to Spain to further his studies several times, most frequently to Jerez de la Frontera.

In 2008, Gopal Slavonic released his CD 'Dos Orillas' and is the featured guitarist for Northern California's Flamenco del Oro. Gopal currently lives in Oakland, California regularly performing as an accompanist and soloist and teaching flamenco guitar.
Lars and In Charge
Lars and In Charge