The Blue Dot Ensemble: Pedro Bonatto (percussion), Georgia Hathaway (violin), Sanaz Nakhjavani (kanun), Demetrios Petsalakis (oud) and Iana Komarnytska (dance).

ABOUT THE BLUE DOT ENSEMBLE

The Blue Dot Ensemble explores world music and dance with a focus on cultures from the Middle East, Mediterranean, Balkans 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.

IMAGES & THOUGHTS

If you are interested in ‘origin stories’, you may want to check out this blog post by Pedro Bonatto, the lead drummer with the Blue Dot Ensemble. There, he talks about the idea behind the group, the early concepts (like the sketch in this post), the story so far, and some plans for the future. You can read it here

NEW VIDEO

This video features Persian dance by Iana Komarnytska with music by the Blue Dot Ensemble, showcasing a medley of the Persian song "Baroon Barooneh" and the Brazilian song "Asa Branca". Shot and edited by Pedro Bonatto in locations in Cyprus.

VIDEOS

This video features Persian dance by Iana Komarnytska with music by the Blue Dot Ensemble, showcasing a medley of the Persian song "Baroon Barooneh" and the Brazilian song "Asa Branca". Shot and edited by Pedro Bonatto in locations in Cyprus in 2017.
The Blue Dot Ensemble: Amed Nesim-i subh dem Here is our performance of a lovely song from the 14th century Ottoman Empire, where we reimagine court dances inspired by Persian miniatures. This was recorded live at the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, as part of our show "Through Time".
The Blue Dot Ensemble: Sari Gelin Here is our interpretation of a song called Sari Gelin, present in Turkish, Persian, Armenian and Azerbaijani traditions. On this performance we created a mix of influences from all these cultures, including singing in both Turkish and Farsi and dance inspired by Azerbaijani, Persian and Armenian styles.

The Blue Dot: Asfour. This is our interpretation of 'Asfour', performed on May 26, 2017 at Burdock in Toronto, Canada, featuring invited musician Mehmet Akyazi. Dancer: Iana Komarnytska Darbuka: Pedro Bonatto Oud: Demetrios Petsalakis Qanun: Sanaz Nakhjavani Violin: Georgia Hathaway Darbuka: Mehmet Akyazi The Blue Dot band is a music and dance group exploring traditions from around the world.

The Blue Dot: Aksaray'dan Geçer Iken. This is the Blue Dot's interpretation of Turkish Roma song, "Aksaray'dan Geçer Iken", performed on April 23, 2017 at the Small World Music Centre in Toronto, Canada.
The Blue Dot: Azeri Torki. This is the Blue Dot's interpretation of Turkish folk song "Lesginka", performed on April 23, 2017 at the Small World Music Centre in Toronto, Canada.
The Blue Dot: Drum Solo. This is a drum solo called 'Flow', performed on April 23, 2017 at the Small World Music Centre in Toronto, Canada.
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Music

by The Blue Dot Ensemble

First recorded songs from the Blue Dot Ensemble.

The Blue Dot ensemble


Pedro Bonatto - Percussion

Pedro is a Brazilian-born, Toronto-based percussionist, focusing on Arabic, Turkish and Persian music. He is the leader of the 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 Lebanese singer Shaker Akiki and fell in love with its complex rhythms and melodies and learned percussion with master drummer Suleiman Warwar. 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.


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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.


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Demetrios Petsalakis - Oud

Originally from Athens Greece, Demetrios 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 - Kanun

Sanaz has been playing Iranian/Turkish instrument called Kanun 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 Kanun in Iran and Turkey, and has played in several albums.


Georgia Hathaway - Violin

Georgia Hathaway is a classically trained violinist (Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra) with a long-standing passion for traditional music from different cultures, including Celtic, Middle Eastern, Roma, and Klezmer styles (Klezfactor). She has also worked as a music therapist for children with special needs (The Listening Centre, Toronto).