Pete Jacobs Oud (Middle Eastern Lute) Pete Jacobs is Co-Director of www.tarabretreat.com He lives in Broomfield, Colorado. Pete started playing the bass in junior high school in New Jersey and played rock and jazz gigs with many musicians including Jack Manno, pianist, in the Denver area throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He was introduced to Middle Eastern music in the 1990's and started playing bass in the Saltanah Ensemble performing in the Denver and Boulder area. He picked up the oud in 2003 and started attending the Mendocino Middle East Music and Dance Camp, where he studied under many great musicians, including Souhail Kaspar, Naser Musa, Yair Dalal, Scott Marcus, Yuval Ron, and Souren Baronian. He played for years with Dawn Green for Susana Del Veccio's dance retreats. Besides playing with Zuruna, Pete has also performed in the Denver and Boulder area with Yuval Ron, Rachid Halihal, the Zevk Ensemble, Meg York's Hejazz Messengers, and the Cameron Powers Project. He hosts Turkish Sufi singing circles and accompanies Iranian Sufi singer Sholeh Malekzadeh Mani. Pete is a big part of the Columbine Unity Church near Boulder, Colorado.
Tarab Retreat is a Front Range fall weekend of music for dance.