"Desert Nights," was deemed "Winner of the 1998 International Academy of Middle Eastern Dance Award for Best Music."
Adam Burke and William Warren formed Desert Knights in order to compose and perform new music for belly dancers and as part of their continuing exploration of music from other cultures. They play many original compositions, as well as both popular and traditional Middle-Eastern pieces. Adam and William play stringed instruments, keyboards, drums, and other percussion instruments, and they have collaborated in a variety of musical styles for nearly a decade. Desert Knights, their current ensemble, has performed since 1997 in a number of settings including Cox Cable's The Joy of Belly Dancing, hosted by Yasmina, the SCA AZ "Estrella" Wars, parties, restaurants, and art galleries. Their performances have also been featured on local network affiliate television news and radio programs. Currently, they are working on their second album, "Camelback," as well as continuing to promote their first album, "Desert Nights," released at the beginning of 1998.
Available (on CD and cassette) through many national/international distributors, their award-winning album features 11 new, original compositions, as well as a new arrangement of the traditional favorite, "Ay Ya Zein."
Both belly dancers and fans of global beat or world music love this album, which features oud, saz, mandolin, and guitars, as well as keyboards, drums, and other percussion instruments. Desert Nights continues to sell throughout the US and beyond. Since its release in 1997, their music has been broadcast on many radio and television programs.