Caravan Rhythms—Remarkably Remixed.
Using our CD, Caravan Rhythms,a wonderful recording of 12 rhythms - chiftitelli, malfoof, masmoodi, beledi (2 versions), ayoob, bolero, saidi, 6/8, maksoom, karachi, karsilama...we asked some of our favorite local DJ spinners and mixers to assist us in remixing it, and it grooves big time.
With the resurging interest in this dance style, the Gypsy Caravan have toured throughout the Pacific Northwest, around North America, Europe, and Australia from their home base in Portland, Oregon. Gypsy Caravan, and Jeff's side band, Mizna, have released nine CDs, the latest being Remarkably Remixed,of their original eclectic, middle-eastern influenced music. Instruments such as the zurna, djembe, dumbek, mijwiz, and various percussion now are remixed to kick it up.Inspired by the improvisational dance style of the tribal bellydancers, the music can be mesmerizing and hipnotic, or energetic and rockin'.
This tribal troupe produced an award-winning documentary film, Tribal Travels, and eight Tribal bellydance instructional DVDs. The director, Paulette Rees-Denis, has had her first book, Tribal Vision, published in June 2008, by Cultivator Press.