Meg York is an international performer and clinician in Turkish style clarinet.  She grew up off-grid near the Village of Los Lunas, New Mexico.
She has founded dozens of eastern music ensembles over the decades and directs the Tarab Retreat.
Meg has has a Performance Degree from the University of New Mexico in Clarinet, Flute and Flamenco Accompaniment.  
She is a Lifetime Member of the Eastern European Folklife Center and a Presenting Member of Society for Ethnomusicology.

She is an Artist in Residence with the Athena Project, Denver, CO, Pomegranate Studios, Santa Fe, NM, and Yuval Ron Unity of the Heart Colorado USA, Residency.  

She also collaborates with Bella Diva Dance, International Rescue Committee, Denver Spring Institute, and Denver Sister Cities.

?Meg is honored to be a founding member of the Farabi Persian Ensemble in collaboration with Shahrzad Khorsandi and David Taylor Zikr Dance.

Music and dance build community bridges between the past and the future, so vital in our modern times. 

Meg has played woodwinds and percussion for three decades. She toured the U.S. playing flute, zourna and percussion with Pablo Rodarte's  Dance Espana "Natividad Flamenca", and Mexico twice playing E flat soprano clarinet with The University of New Mexico Orchestra. She also played in the Albuquerque Philharmonic, Albuquerque Civic Light Opera, and Albuquerque Little Theatre.  She founded and directed the Kokopelli Konsort, a woodwind ensemble in New Mexico until 1997.  

Meg York received a B.A. in clarinet performance from The University of New Mexico with Professor Keith Lemmons and flute with Professor Frank Bowen, one of the last protégés of Marcel Moyse.

She honed Flamenco and Early Music Performance skills with John Truitt Eva Encinias Sandoval, and Pablo Rodarte.    

Meg's World Music mentors and colleagues include clarinetists Christos Govetas, George Chittenden, Stuart Mennin, Lefteris Bournias, Souren Baronian, Margot Leveret, truba player, Michael Ginsberg, oudists Cameron Powers and Haig Manookian, violinists Beth Bahia Cohen, George Lammam, Beth Cohen, santourist Lise Leipman, kanuunist, Kalie Halili, and ney, Omar Faruk Tebelik.

She's also studied jazz with trumpeter Ron Miles, and clarinetists Eddie Daniels and Rich Chiaraluce.

She taught in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in the 1990s at Baum's Music Company, for Albuquerque Public Schools and staffed  Hummingbird Music Camp in Jemez Springs, NM for eight years.  

Meg York moved to Colorado in 1997.  She was Music Director at Evergreen Academy  and Mountain Phoenix Waldorf and has mentored at Conifer High, Bear Creek High, Lakewood High, Jefferson County Open School, and Kearney Middle School. 

She directs the Clarinoodle Conference Master Classes at the Evergreen School of Music,  Denver School of the Arts, Denver Folklore Center, and Metro State College. She teaches privately at Evergreen School of Music and Golden Music.

She is an Artist in Residence with the Athena Project, Denver, CO, Pomegranate Studios, Santa Fe, NM, and Yuval Ron Unity of the Heart Residency, USA.  

She also collaborates with Bella Diva Dance, International Rescue Committee, Denver Spring Institute, and Denver Sister Cities.

Meg is honored to be a founding member of the Farabi Persian Ensemble in collaboration with Shahrzad Khorsandi and David Taylor Zikr Dance.

~Music and dance build community bridges between the past and the future, so vital in our modern times~



Albuquerque Civic Light Opera, NM

Albuquerque Little Theatre, NM

Athena Project: Cross Pollinations at Swallow Hill, Denver, CO

Arise Festival, Healing Village Workshops:  Indonesian Monkey Chant:  Loveland, CO

Azra Sings, Bosnian Sevda, Littleton, CO

Aurora Global Festival, CO

Avalon Ballroom, Boulder CO

Bella Diva Dance, Glendale CO.  Musicality for Dance workshops, Shahrzad Khorsandi co-sponsor

Blue Sage Arts, Paonia, CO

Boetcher Hall, Denver Performing Arts Center, soloist with Don Ambler Clarinet Choir

Boulder Balkan Bash: Avalon Ballroom, Boulder, CO

Boulder International Festival: with Veelah Balkan Band, Planina Voices of Eastern Europe

Boulder Jewish Festival: with Sheldon Sands

Boulder Theater, CO -- many shows including Sherefe’ and Cameron Powers Project

Circus Luminous, Santa Fe, NM two week residency as pit musician

CFOOTMAD dances, Colorado Friends of Old Time Music And Dance, CO

Colorado Early Music Fall Festival, Boulder, CO: Jurjuna Ensemble with Kylie Halihal

Colorado Moon Festival, Gold Hill, CO

Colorado School of Mines Golden, CO: Farabi Ensemble Concerts, Music Outreach Classes

Columbine Unity Conference Center, Boulder, CO: Farabi Concert and International Rescue Committee Fundraiser Concerts

Columbine Unitarian Universalist Church, Littleton, CO: Solstice Concert

Colorado State University, Boulder, CO: Veelah Balkan Band

Congregation Beth Evergreen, CO: founded Klezmorize Ensemble for congregational events, including Simchat Torah and Purim festivals.

Congregation Beth Evergreen, CO: Produced concert with Andy Statman Trio

D Note, Arvada, CO: produced dance parties with Veelah Balkan Band

Dazzle Jazz, Denver, CO: Shows with Veelah, Tito Malaga, Marrakesh Express, Hal Aqua, and Catrene Malshey

Denver Metro State College, CO:  Clarinoodle Conference with Don Ambler, Rich Chairluce, Dexter Payne

Denver School of the Arts, CO: Clarinoodle Conference with Don Ambler, Rich Chairluce, Dexter Payne

Drom, New York City, NY with Azra Sings and Zlatne Uste Brass Band

Echoes of Earth Recording Series: Eric Rogers, acoustic guitar Water, Marcelo Mansour, sound healer, Earth,

Ronaldo Wade Baca, flamenco guitar, Fire

Ege University, Bursa, Turkey, clarinet and bass clarinet workshops

Evergreen Academy, Music Director, CO

Evergreen Jazz Festival, CO  Jazz Dance Instructor

Evergreen School of Music, Evergreen, CO

Farabi Persian Ensemble, Westminster, CO with Ahmad Soufiani: music score for Zikr Dance: Fire with Shahrzad Khorsandi

Gamelan Encantada, Albuquerque, NM

Global Groove Festival, Denver, CO:  Jurjuna Ensemble

Goddess of Arno:  Women’s Balkan Band, Albuquerque NM with Beth Cohen

Hal Aqua and the Lost Tribe, Denver, CO

Hejazz Messengers:  Meg York, Pete Jacobs, Omar Al’Tbal

Hummingbird Music Camp, Staff, Jemez Springs, NM: Staff for over 8 years.  

International Penwomen’s Conference, Brown Palace, Denver, CO: composer Winifred Hyson contemporary song cycle.

With Mandi McKibbin-Ogle, soprano, Karissa Swanson, piano, and Emily Bowman, viola:

International Rescue Committee:  Benefit Concert Series at Mercury Cafe and Columbine Unity Conference Center

Jefferson Unitarian Church, Golden, CO: Concert Series with Buenos Aires sound healer, Marcelo Mansour.

Jefferson County Public Schools, CO: Bear Creek, Conifer, Lakewood, Jefferson County Open School, Kearney Middle, and Mountain Phoenix.

Klez Dispensers with Ben Cohen, Denver, CO

Klezmerize, Founder, Evergreen CO: with David Froman, Hal Stein, Cheri Rubin, Jonathan Kaley-Isley.

Klezmerquerque, Albuquerque, NM

KGNU,KUVO, and KVNF Colorado Community and NPR Radio Stations.

Koffi Togo: recording project, Ophelia’s Soapbox, Denver, CO

Kokopelli Classical Music Consort, Founder, Albuquerque, NM:  Armenian Classical Concert: Khachaturian Trio with Dawn Chambers, Piano

Lakewood Symphony, Lakewood, CO

Laughing Goat, Boulder, CO: Veelah Balkan Band

Longmont Arts Council House Concert, Longmont CO: Veelah Balkan Band

Marcelo Mansour, Argentinian Sound Healer: recording projects

Maple Street Dance Space, Musicality for Dance Workshops, Albuquerque, NM; Performances with Romy Keegan

Mendocino Eastern European Folklife Center -- Lifetime Member and learned it all here

Mercury Cafe, Denver, CO -- over a hundred live music and dance events including benefit concert series,

Veelah Balkan Band CD release party, Witches’ Theater, Persian Fall Festival with Bella Diva Dance and Shahrzad Khorsandi.

Michael Ginsberg Master Class and Dance Party: Ft Collins, CO: with Veelah Balkan Band

Middle Eastern Music and Dance Camp, CA

Mile Hi Church, Lakewood, CO: World Religions Day with Koffi Togo

Mosaic Foundation Center, Turkish Music Outreach, Aurora, CO

Music Theater Productions:  Carmen (UNM), La Nariz de la Muerte (UNM), West Side Story,

Natividad Flamenco (Pablo Rodarte Dance Espana), Cabaret (ALT), Pippin (Jefferson County Open School)

Ojaleo:Lorca with Rhythm Muse Productions, Longmont, CO

Outpost Performance Space, Albuquerque, NM: with Goddess of Arno

Oriental Theater: Bosnian Flood Relief Concert with Planina, Voices of Eastern Europe

Pablo Rodarte's Danse Espana national tour with Joaquin Encinias-Sandoval dance soloist, Igor Skorodumov music director.  

Planina Voices of Eastern Europe, Denver CO

Pomegranate Studios, Artist in Residence, Santa Fe, NM: Workshops with Myra Krien

Rafi’ah Ruyah Dance Living Arts Center, Littleton, CO:  Musicality for movement.

Regis University, Denver CO: Concert with Veelah Balkan Band

Rosetta Stone, Denver CO:  Contra Dance Greek fusion with Mark Brissenden and Tina Gugeler: CFOOTMAD dances

Rhythm Slaves: Loveland CO:  Justin Bruen, Kai Lin Yong, James Messerich, Mark Brissenden, Meagan Chandler:

Ecstatic Acoustic Dance   Music

Santa Fe Community College, NM: Workshops with Deborah Newberg

Saltanah Productions, concerts with Souhail Kaspar, CO

Shahrzad Khorsandi Residency:  Persian Dance Ethnographer.

Sherefe Middle Eastern Ensemble, Boulder, CO Opium CD producer.

Shine, Boulder, CO

Sombra Del Monte Elementary School Music Director,  Albuquerque NM

Society for Creative Anachronisms:  Grand Outlandish, Estrella War, Lonely Mountain, Mid-Winter Feasts, etc.

Society for Ethnomusicology Annual International Conference, Presenter, Denver, CO

Stockton International Dance Camp, Stockton University, CA

St Rafka Maronite Church Fall Festival:  Zuruna with Catrene Malshey

Sts. Peter & Paul Greek Orthodox Church Fall Festival: Sherefe

Svirka Women’s Choir, Albuquerque, NM

Swallow Hill, Denver, CO: Veelah Balkan Band

Tarab Retreat: Director of three day immersive world acoustic music and movement at La Foret Retreat Center.

Taste of Colorado Festival Heritage Stage: Veelah Balkan Band, Oscar Del Barrios Trio

Trio Equilibrio, Lakewood CO: with Steve Mullins and Brett Bowen:  Balkan Flamenco Fusion EP with Meagan Chandler, vocals guest

University of New Mexico Symphonic Orchestra Mexico International Tour:  Dr. Jorge Perez-Gomez

Universidad de Las Americas, Puebla, Mexico: multiple concerts with Dr. Jorge Perez-Gomez

University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HA

University of Colorado State, Ft Collins, CO

University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY

Veelah Balkan Band: Founder with Jesse Manno, Dexter Payne, Jon Eriksen, David Willey and Brian Mullins.  Album:  Village Squared

Yuval Ron Residency: Shambala Center, Abrahamic Initiative, St. John’s Cathedral,

Zadik Recording Project -- Immersion Studios, Boulder CO

Zikr Dance Ensemble, Denver CO, with David Taylor, Shahrzad Khorsandi, and Farabi Ensemble

Zvek Ensemble, Turkish Sufi Devotional Music Ensemble, Abiquiu, NM:  Benefit Concerts and recordings

Zuruna Middle Eastern Ensemble with Catrene Malshey: Denver, CO

Rachid Halihal New York City, New York,  and Denver, Colorado
As a world-class musician, Rachid Halihal brings to our community the true character and spirit of musics from the classical Egyptian repertoire beloved throughout the Middle East, music from the Fertile Crescent, the diverse regions of Morocco and North Africa and the mesmerizing music of the Arabian Gulf.

As a child growing up in Fez, Morocco, Rachid played the nei and sang, imitating the famous singers of the time. At age fourteen he entered "Dar Aadyil", the Conservatory of Music in Fez. At first he studied Western classical and Andalus music on piano and violin. He soon expanded to include a variety of other instruments in order to better express his native music. In addition to his voice, which is best featured in the Andalus style, his strongest instruments are the oud (similar to a lute without frets) and the violin, which he plays in both the classical manner and upright resting on the knee for Moroccan folkloric music.

Rachid played in an Andalus orchestra in Fez and throughout Casablanca until 1986, followed by an extended stay in the Ivory Coast, Sweden and Finland. Highlights include his septet sharing the bill with Cheb Khaled at the Helsinki International Music Festival.  In the beautiful coastal city of Agadir, Morocco, Rachid fully managed a night club, its musicians, and folkloric troupe for seven years, playing his music every night for the club’s primarily tourist and Arabian clientele. Rachid was invited numerous times to the Arabian Gulf as a singer that and oud player in his own right.  He also accompanied many of Morocco's well known touring singers with his violin that visited Agadir, Morocco, most frequently Mohammed Abdo, one of the Arabian Gulf's most beloved performers..
In Summer 2004 Rachid toured the USA with The Chicago Classical Oriental Ensemble playing Moroccan Andalus music with Abdelfattah Bennis. He shared the stage with Genesis at the Crossroads Festival in Chicago.  Rachid was presented at Columbia University in concert with visiting Israeli singer, Michel Cohen, with Moroccan singer Pinhas in New York and Miami, as well as other ethnic concerts and events throughout New York City. In 2003-4, Rachid’s band was presented at Denver's Global Groove World Music Festival, with Nawang Kechong in Aspen, and many Mid-East Dance concerts at the Boulder Theater, Colorado, and with Souhail Kaspar in Denver, Boulder, Portland, and Los Angeles. Rachid performed for the inaugural King Tut exhibit in the US in 2005 at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and toured the USA and Canada with Rachid Taha (Algerian/French) Rai-rock band.  

Rachid lives in New York City and Denver and is delighted to be a member of the Tarab Retreat Staff.