Music and Dance from Around the World

The Blue Dot: Pedro Bonatto, Sonya Meskini, Sanaz Nakhjavani, Demetrios Petsalakis and Iana Komarnytska.

 

The Blue Dot explores world music and dance with a focus on cultures from the Middle East, Mediterranean and Central Asia. The band’s vision of fusing elements of different traditions brings a unique blend of multi-cultural influences, celebrating the interconnected nature of our world through artistic expression.

Iana Komarnytska - Dance 

Pedro Bonatto - Percussion

Sanaz Nakhjavani - Qanun 

Demetrios Petsalakis - Oud

Sonya Meskini - Violin

 

Pedro Bonatto - Percussion

Pedro is a Brazilian-born, Toronto based percussionist, focusing on Arabic, Turkish and Persian music. He is the leader of the new world music and dance group The Blue Dot, and has performed with Arabesque Orchestra, Ventanas, Nomadica and Troupe Obskurah. Pedro was first introduced to Arabic music by Brazil-based Lebanese singer Shaker Akiki and fell in love with its complex and deeply human rhythms and melodies. Pedro moved to Toronto in 2009 and has been learning dumbek with Suleiman Warwar since 2010. He sees his passion for percussion as a life-long project in self-exploration and bringing cultures together. Pedro is also a fine art photographer who infuses his love of Middle Eastern culture in his photography work. Learn more about Pedro here.

Iana Komarnytska - Dance

Iana Komarnytska is an award-winning dancer and choreographer based in Toronto, Canada, specializing in Middle Eastern and Central Asian dance styles. Over the last few years she has taught and performed in dozens of countries including Germany, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Ukraine, USA, Cyprus, Hungary and others. Iana is a graduate from professional dance program of York University, as well as winner of Star Bellydancer Canada 2014 Competition, and International Dance Competition Cairo by Cyprus 2015. Learn more about Iana here.

Demetrios Petsalakis - Oud

Originally from Athens Greece, Demetri Petsalakis is a Toronto based musician performing in a variety of styles with a focus on Greek and Middle Eastern lutes. He is involved with bands such as Ventanas, Nomadica, Near East, Zephyr, The Maryem Tollar ensemble, Samba Squad, The Ken McDonald quartet and the Heavyset Quartet where he is featured playing a variety of stringed instruments including guitar, outi(oud), lyra and baglama. Demetri has a Master of Music degree in jazz guitar performance from the University of Toronto, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in music from York University. Learn more about Demetrios here.

Sanaz Nakhjavani - Qanun

Sanaz has been playing Iranian/Turkish instrument called Qanun for over 15 years. She also holds a diploma in piano from Tehran Music School, as well as B.A. in Music from Soureh Higher Education Institute. For several years she lived in Istanbul, Turkey where she obtained a master's degree in 2010, and then continued her study towards a Ph.D. in Music at Istanbul Technical University. As a performer, Sanaz had several performances on both Piano and Qanun in Iran and Turkey, and has played in several albums. Learn more about Sanaz here.

Sonya Meskini - Violin

Sonia Meskini was born in Tunis, Tunisia. She began playing music at the age of 5 (drums/tumbek). She has studied music, as well as playing violin, for 8 years at El Menzah Music School in Tunisia. She graduated from the Music School in 2006. She joined other bands some of them are the Tunisian Radio and TV Music band and “Group Dhikrayat” with whom she played for the last time in Madina Festival in Tunisia in 2012. She has participated in a Radio program called “Music for All” as a violin player with the Tunisian Radio and TV Music band for 3 years. In 31st of December 2009, she was invited to join the National Radio Band to participate in the 2010 New Year's Eve party. She has also participated in several Tunisian festivals such as the National Military day and Women day. Sonia is interested in several kinds of music but she plays more Maghrebian and Middle Eastern Music.


BOOKING

For booking inquiries please contact Pedro Bonatto

at +1 (416) 400-7602 or at bluedotband@gmail.com.

You can also use the form bellow.