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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

7:24PM - Maduro's Chasing Dragons released & new videos

The New Maduro album Chasing Dragons is now available for digital download on iTunes (worldwide), emusic, Amazon, Shockhound, Zune, Napster, Medianet, and Spotify. Chasing Dragons merges ethnic Chinese instrumentation, breakbeats and ambient atmospheres. Check out these videos from Chasing Dragons..

Sunday, March 6, 2011

4:48PM - New Azphodel Track!

 Hey Everyone,

A new Azphodel Track is up on the website at www.azphodel.com! Please have a listen and visit the Members page to download, if you like (for free, even). Much more to come! Thanks,


Current mood: artistic

Friday, December 3, 2010

3:39PM - Azphodel Video featuring dance troupe - Apsara

 Musick video with premier electronic-old-world fusion Azphodel, intertwined with Portland's premier dance troupe - Apsara, recently seen with Le Serpent Rouge.

Please comment!  Thanks!

Also free music for download at: www.azphodel.com


Current mood: artistic

Sunday, October 10, 2010

9:22PM - Boheme Tribal Belly Dance of Kalamazoo, Michigan presents

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

3:43AM - "The Can Can" Sun Sept. 19th (Seattle)

Don't miss a chance to support the Seattle International Cabaret Festival by attending Underbelly Revel, and enjoying the many Bellydance, Burlesque & variety of talents performing this evening! I will be there of course, shaking my sword at y'all!
6pm - 8:30 pm
"The Can Can"
94 Pike Street
$5.00/10.00 suggested donation
tickets in advance at thecancan.com
The Can Can
Go to my calendar on my site for the full monty of information on this show and other upcoming events!

2:42AM - SPIRITUS, Seattle Sept. 16th

I'm back in the saddle as a soloist at SPIRITUS presented by Faye The Tattooed Psychic! (Check out our ad in The Stranger this week!)I will be performing the opening act integrating Bellydance & Tarot! Using my deck "Tarot of the Pomegranate" in performance.
This is one of my most favorite events because Faye is amaaaazing, and also since it takes place at The Jewelbox Theatre, which is or should be on one of the most haunted theatre lists in the country. (It's perfect in other words!) Please join us and you will have an evening you'll never forget!
7:00pm - $12.00
The Jewel Box Theater
2320 2nd Avenue
inside the Rendezvous
Between Battery St. and Bell St.
Seattle WA
"Spiritus is Fun! Spooky! Sexxxy! and intelligent
entertainment. Faye is not only putting on a show,
she is leading you into the realms beyond, Faye kicks
your butt into gear! "
Spiritus - Sept 2010!
Go to my calendar for the full monty of info., links, tickets, maps etc..

Saturday, August 21, 2010

12:56AM - The Book of Lilith: A theatrical bellydance production

Exquisite Corpse Dance Theatre and Salem Theatre Company present 
Goddess -- Demon -- First Woman 
A theatrical bellydance production 
3 shows!!
Fri, Sat, Sun - Sept 3, 4, 5 
Salem Theatre Company 
90 Lafayette St, Salem, MA 
Show times Fri, Sat 7:30pm, Sun 3pm 
Tickets on sale NOW! 
Purchase tickets at http://www.salemtheatre.com
Exquisite Corpse Dance Theatre performs its original theatrical bellydance production The Book of Lilith, based on the story of the ancient Middle Eastern goddess and demoness. From her beginnings as handmaiden to the Great Goddess, initiating men into Her mysteries through sacred eros, and her appearance as First Woman in the Garden of Eden, to her Fall from Grace to become a darkly serpentine, winged and fiery force of nature and the supernatural. Come with Lilith as she flies through the ages through dance and artistry. 
Exquisite Corpse Dance Theatre is led by Artistic Director Aepril Schaile and also includes, for this full-length premiere performance, dancers Amelia Kurpeski, Libby Rowe, Shaina Rae, and Samara Martin. Performances are September 3 and 4 at 7:30pm and September 5 at 3:00pm, at the STC Theater at 90 Lafayette Street in Salem, MA. Tickets are $25 and are available for purchase online at http://www.salemtheatre.com/. For more info about Exquisite Corpse Dance Theatre, go to http://www.exquisitecorpsedancetheatre.com/.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

9:36PM - New Maduro album Reveries Now Available


Over a year in the making, Maduro's latest release Reveries blends Arabic, Persian and Indian instrumentation with breakbeats and dubstep progressions. Reveries also features a remix by Deft Key and a collaborative track with August Hoerr of the Mezmer Society. Reveries is now available on compact disc and for digital download on iTunes, emusic, Amazon and other renowned digital download sites.


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

10:05AM - 3rd place winners in the belly dance compition at the ren fair.

I and my dance partner as "Gemini Moon"! This was our first performance. She is the light side, I am the dark side. And, we are both Geminis : )


Current mood: satisfied

Wednesday, March 10, 2010



Current mood: satisfied

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

2:49PM - I got a brand new hafla video...Right here for all to see!

Current mood: creative

Saturday, February 6, 2010

4:25PM - New hafla performance video

I went a little more tribal fusion with this one. I hope you all enjoy.

Current mood: creative

Monday, December 21, 2009

12:42PM - Rhythm In Mind - Flow - Available Now!


Octofoil Records is happy to announce that Rhythm In Mind's latest album "Flow" is now available digitally from Octofoil Records. Download this dark primal experimental electronic project from iTunes, eMusic, Amazon, Rhapsody, and other major digital download sites. "Flow" (OCT11) has amazing crunched world/primal electronic analog progressions and percussion. Think crunched darbukas and analog Moogs meet rolling drum solos...

Based in the Los Angeles area, Rhythm In Mind is a dark electronic artist and percussionist who mixes programmed experimental progressions with live primal rhythms. Rhythm in Mind, is the brainchild of renowned sound engineer, percussionist, and music tech Eric Beam. Fellow Octofoil artist Maduro has described Eric's work as "both the most technical and sonically diverse sound in ethnoindustrial music."

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Saturday, November 28, 2009



Current mood: pleased

Thursday, October 29, 2009

2:43PM - Gothla US 2010: The Evoking- "Dances from the Underworld"

2010 brings us the 3rd annual Gothla US - taking place March 5th-7th in Pomona, CA! Gothla US is the largest festival devoted to Gothic Bellydance in North America. Our theme this year is "Dances From the Underworld".

We have THREE days of workshops: Our featured instructors are: Tempest, Sashi, Asharah, Anaar, Shakra, Lee Ali, Princess Farhana, Kajira Djoumahna, Ma'isah, Lacey, Madame Raine, and Mortifera! We have carefully structured the workshop offerings to offer a strong foundation for fusion dancers, giving a breadth of coverage for the complete belly dancer.

Gothla US features TWO days of festival events - including festival performances, amazing vendors and artisans, a fashion show, panel discussion, live music, and more! + an amazing Gala show featuring instructors and special guests on Saturday night!

Plus we have expanded "Motif" - our live music and dance community gathering - by popular demand!

Complete details available at http://www.gothla.us

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

9:15PM - Raqs Gothique Update October 2009 and NEWS for 2010!

Hello dark belly dance fans, this will be the last update for Raqs Gothique Belly Dance in Melbourne 2009, and already we are rushing headlong into 2010 with steam punk belly dance workshops, gothic fusion belly dance classes and workshops and concerts. AND I'm heading to the USA!!!!! Woo Hoo!

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

11:55PM - Gothla US 2010: Website is Live!

Gothla US 2010: The Evoking - "Dances from the Underworld" - will take place March 4th-7th in Pomona, CA. This is our third year, and we've expanding to TWO days of festival - that is festival performances, vending, fashion show, live music, plus panel discussion - and THREE days of workshops with a dozen amazing teachers - in addition to our evening outings, the fabulous Gala Show- and Motif will be long - by your demand!

Check out the website for workshop info and registration, vendor applications, performer applications, merch, and more! http://www.gothla.us

Monday, September 28, 2009

9:40PM - Raks Spooki IV, Nov. 15, Arlington, MA

Raks Spooki IV

A Gothic Belly Dance Event

Nov. 15, 7pm, $17

The Regent Theatre

7 Medford St., Arlington, MA

I am pleased and honored to present the fourth annual Raks Spooki, New England's largest and longest running gothic belly dance festival, featuring dancers from the homelands of HP Lovecraft, Stephen King and Edgar Allen Poe. 

Tickets are available at the Regent Box Office, or call 781-646-4849

From the mystical to the eerie to the downright chilling (not to mention the occasionally silly), each performance will offer a unique vision of the fusion of Middle Eastern dance and a gothic sensibility.  Proceeds from the show will benefit Women for Women International, a group that supports women in many of the countries from which belly dancers draw their inspirations.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

5:03PM - Dark Glamour and dance at Descent II! Less than a month away!

Workshops on dark glamour and dance at Descent II!
Sat Oct 10, 12 – 5:30PM in Salem!
Less than one month away!

Belle Raqs: 3 Hours of Dark Glamour
with JeniViva of NYC!

A Gothic glamour workshop for dancers and non-dancers alike!

You may have seen JeniViva’s appearances on the Gothic Bellydance videos. We are so pleased that she will be here teaching her style and makeup workshop on creating the mystery and magic of dark glamour.

Find out more here: http://www.aeprilschaile.com/performance/descent-2009

Also teaching at Descent II this year: Sarah Jezebel Wood!

Anyone who was at Rakkasah 2009 knows that Sarah kicked ass this year as a member of Solstice Ensemble. Sultry, Sophisticated and Dark is a challenging workshop in tribal fusion technique exploring drama, lust, sophistication and desire.

Find out more here: http://www.aeprilschaile.com/performance/descent-2009

A part of the proceeds from the workshops benefit the Salem YMCA’s Partnership in Youth program for at-risk youth.

Sultry, Sophisticated and Dark: 12 – 2PM
Belle Raqs: 2:30 – 5:30PM
Both workshops will be held at the Salem YMCA, 1 Sewall St., Salem, MA.

Don’t forget to buy tickets for the show, too! Last year’s was sold out – we had to turn many people away.

The workshops and the show are both VERY T accessible! The Salem Y and the First Universalist Society Sanctuary are both just a short walk from the Salem commuter rail MBTA station.

If you haven’t been to Witch City in October, you don’t know what you’re missing!

More info about the show and workshops here: http://www.aeprilschaile.com/performance/descent-2009

Monday, September 7, 2009

12:26PM - Darkened - Flipside (Now Available)

Darkened - Flipside (Now Available!!)

Today Darkened's full-length debut album Flipside is now available on CD, iTunes, Amazon MP3, eMusic, and other major digital download sites.


The next Maduro album is not a Maduro album, instead he has released a creepy 13-track dubstep album as "Darkened." Darkened's debut release, Flipside, is an excursion into the dark realm of dubstep, tribal beats, and 1920s Berlin. It blends glitchy junkyard, african/voodoo, german brass cabaret, and found sounds.

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Sunday, September 6, 2009

3:41PM - Raqs Gothique (AU) News Update September 2009

Greeting dark dance fans!
Isn't this change in weather refreshing? I do LOVE the Spring, brings out the over-achiever in me...so, on with the news!

This news letter is based in Melbourne Australia, x-posted, apologies if you see it more than once. We are work safe, image free and all the news is under the lj cut...

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Current mood: busy

Thursday, August 20, 2009

6:40PM - Descent: Dances of the Dark Goddess: DESIRE! Oct 10, Salem, MA

Exquisite Corpse Productions Presents:

Descent: Dances of the Dark Goddess: DESIRE!

October 10, Salem, MA


Workshops with JeniViva and Sarah Jezebel Wood


For more info, tickets and to register:


Tuesday, August 11, 2009

11:20PM - From tonight's hafla 8/11/09

I think I'm finally getting it!


Current mood: good

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

5:04PM - Raqs Gothique (AU) News Update August 2009

Greetings dark dance fans,

‘tis Ma’isah, bringing you all the latest info for Cairo Style belly dance classes, gothic fusion belly dance classes and gigs and more in and beyond Melbourne Australia.

Appologies if you see this more than once, is x-posted to various relevant Melbourne and dark/alternative and dance communities. Feel free to share this if you think it would interest someone you care about.
This post is completely worksafe, image free and is all under the lj cut.

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Current mood: busy

Sunday, August 2, 2009

2:43PM - Konxari Cards. What do you think?

So I posted here a while back, but I think I came across the wrong way. I'm not looking to sell anything, just your feedback.

What's the consensus? A card divination process that combines tarot cards with a ouija board?

Can these cards really deliver messages from those on the other side??

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

6:06PM - How to Perform a Konxari Reading!

Wanna contact the dead?

No, seriously. I've just produced a new video that shows how to use Konxari Cards to communicate with those on the other side. This may sound complicated, but this user-friendly video will show you all you need to know in less than 5 minutes!

The video below will have you solving your poltergeist problems in no time flat. Whether you're eager to ghost hunt, or contact a loved one long-gone, here you'll learn the simple steps to utilize the Konxari, quick and easy.

For more information, or where to order your own deck of Konxari Cards, visit www.konxari.com!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

7:11PM - NEWS FLASH: Sashi headed Down Under in August!

(please note - this is x-posted, apologies if you see it more than once)

Greetings again dark dance fans,

Well, if it isn't HUGE month of exciting new in June!
Coming down under in 2009 - the dark and delectable SASHI of ASCEND TRIBAL will be in Auckland New Zealand on the 15th of August for a day of workshops and an evening of dance delight! This is a rare treat for dark fusion belly dancers and those who love them, so get your tickets now and I'll see you there!

For info, flyers and workshop registration head on over to The Tribal WindBlown Events page: http://www.tribal.windblown.gen.nz/events.html and tell Louise Ma'isah sent ya!

For more on Sashi, check out her website here: http://www.ascendtribaldance.com/


Current mood: excited

Friday, June 5, 2009

2:21AM - Raqs Gothique - June 2009 (AU)

Greetings dark dance fans,

‘Tis Ma’isah, bringing you all the latest info for gothic fusion belly dance here in Melbourne for JUNE 2009, so go peek at all the chaos! And yes this is x-posted in all the dark spooky places, so you will see it more than once...

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Current mood: accomplished

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

7:41PM - New Maduro Album Available Now


Maduro & Notecrusher - Your Devices

(OCT08) Maduro and Notecrusher’s Your Devices is a collaborative split release on Octofoil Records highlighting dark tribal dubstep and worldtronica. Maduro is a Washington DC area electronic music artist recording dark world fusion electronica. Notecrusher is a Boston-based world electronica artist. This new 14-track release began as a remix project, but quickly became a collaborative sound sharing endeavor. With 7 new original Maduro tracks and 7 new original Notecrusher tracks, the result is a must-have world tribal dubstep electronica release for 2009.

Order your copy here!

Your Devices will be available for digital download on iTunes, eMusic, Amazon MP3, Rhapsody, and other digital download sites in approximately two weeks.

Monday, April 27, 2009

11:36PM - DC: BellyHorror 2009 call for performers..

Romka is pleased to announce a call for performers for the 4th Annual Belly Horror  Show!

Washington, DC
Oct 23-25, 2009

The Belly Horror Show is a spooky belly dance variety weekend in Washington, DC - including a one of a kind show on Friday Oct. 23rd, 2009 and weekend workshops with stars from the show! 2009 will be our biggest show ever, incorporating a nationally recognized venue, bigger audiences and incorporating weekend workshops!

Performance proposal submissions
due June 1st, 2009

The show features spooky, macabre, and horror or "B-movie monster" themed performances to delight, frighten, and amaze! Performances should be rooted in traditional or fusion belly dance style but can incorporate other performance arts such as burlesque, side/variety show, dark cabaret, etc. Musical submissions are also encouraged.

Romka will select pieces on basis of performance style, merit and show cohesion. Performers will be paid. Performers will be notified of final show acceptance by July 1, 2009.

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