April 1st- Light City Baltimore dance performance
April 22, Takoma Park Earth Day Festival
May 19, 2017 Fairy Masquerade Ball
June 4, 2017 All Seasons Hafla, Baltimore
June 10 Summerfest at the MD Faerie Festival
2017 Bookings available!
We are ready to play at YOUR event! Booking for 2017
Booking: Nina Amaya, firstname.lastname@example.org
Our first CD "Brinjal" is on sale for $10- take us home with you!
World Music band Brinjal plays pulsing and lyrical songs from Nations real and imagined, with a large dose of the exotic rhythms and enchanting melodies of the Middle East. We create our own songs, sometimes improvised on the spot, and are often accompanied by the beautiful dancers of Aubergine. We are available for local Baltimore shows and parties, and MD/VA/PA/DE festivals! We have an excellent and entertaining multicultural educational show for schools and libraries. The exotic rhythms and unusual tonal scales of this danceable music fascinate young and old.
Brinjal is based in Baltimore, Maryland, and plays a lively mix of originals and songs from Egypt, Turkey, Greece, Armenia, Israel, the Faerie Kingdom and more.
The band began when Nina Amaya, a brilliant Baltimore belly dancer, was asked to perform and teach at a West Virginia music festival, and told to "bring some musicians with you." Nina Amaya wondered out loud in her dance troupe and on Facebook where she was going to find the musicians to join her in this well paying and awesome gig. The dance troupe, Aubergine, already had a drummer, and lo and behold! two dancers also played flute, and another member's boyfriend had been playing along to all her practice music on his guitar. We tried these five people together, and it sounded (and looked) beautiful! Since then, we have added another dancer as a drummer on the Djembe, another guitarist, and we are often joined by other guests. In the photo from the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire, you can see Joffrey the Giant playing an instrument of his own invention, the overblatt. He joins us on most mid-week gigs, and Twiggy Stardust, celebrity Fairy from Spoutwood Farm is now playing violin in the band!
Entertainment and Edutainment!
Michael Brand: This was one of the best all-around shows that I've ever seen at The New Deal Cafe! :-) The music, dancing, & showmanship were all top-notch!! I especially enjoyed the piece w/ the lighted fairy wings, as well as the wonderful droning of Joffrey the Giant's unique Overblatt instrument!!! Please come back soon!
Recent review from Brittany Bowen at Kennedy Krieger:
THANK YOU FOR THE PERFORMANCE and for the c.d. I have been using the folk dance you taught us, along with your recording, and the kids enjoy and look forward to each class. Your contribution was a positive influence in the lives (and culture!) of every student here at Kennedy. I truly hope you will be able to join us again next year!
Reviews from GigSalad: Get in line to book them!!! You will not be sorry!!!Amazing, amazing band!!! Incredible entertainment!!! A group of very talented, creative, professional, very positive, wonderful people bring pure happiness, joy, warm and welcoming atmosphere whenever they go! I was lucky having them performing at my club a few times and can't wait to have them back!!!
Reviewer:Valeria T. Event:Public Event in Baltimore, MD
Event Date:Mar 1, 2014
Event: Festival in Paw Paw, WV
Awesome experience!!!The Brinjal Band is a lovely band that makes you want to get up and dance along. I enjoyed them!!!!
Event Date:Jun 21, 2014, Jun 20, 2015
Nina Amaya- Director, Principal Dancer, Riq, Finger Cymbals
Heather Amos- Darbuka (drum)
Illya Gemsdottir- Flute, Darbuka, Dancer
Amy Fae- Djembe, Dancer
John Sullivan, guitar
Jawhara Edwards- Musical Mentor, Flute, Melodica, Dancer
If you have already worked with Brinjal, please consider leaving us a short review at GigSalad. Thank you! We are a pretty new band, and can use some public feedback.