Rubi ate the Fig - an original fusion of Rock and Middle-Eastern music featuring accomplished musicians from both genres, with luminous vocals and ecstatic lyrics floating over a driving desert bedrock.
Rubi ate the Fig is produced by band member Marc Mann (George Harrison, ELO, Oingo Boingo) and composer, Sharon Eliashar. Sharon has spent many years visiting the Bedouins of the Sinai, and her lyrics are inspired by her time with the Bedouins.
“Mahavishnu and The Police traveling through the Desert - stopping to have tea with Grace Slick”
Bringing together master musicians from both the Middle-Eastern and Western traditions, Rubi Ate the Fig is an exquisite collaboration resulting in a rare synthesis of musical styles, with inspirational mystical lyrics that tell the story of the Desert. Our exquisite exotic sets and undeniable music transport the listener to another world!!
Musicians & Dancers
Sharón Eliashar - Compositions, Vocals, Guitar
Born in Jerusalem, raised in the low desert of California, ShaRon studied classical composition and ethno-musicology with Joseph Weber and Middle-Eastern Percussion with Polly Tapia Ferber and Souren Baronian. SharOn has incorporated her study of Middle Eastern rhythms into her western songwriting, producing songs with a unique rhythmic bedrock, and untimid time changes. SharOn has spent much time in the Sinai Desert, a profound source of inspiration for her music and evocative lyrics.
Marc Mann - Keyboards, Guitar
Marc is a musician, arranger,conductor from Los Angeles. He plays guitar, and keyboards, and does arrangements and orchestrations for TV and film. Projects and artists Marc has worked with include: The Beatles (Anthology), George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Electric Light Orchestra, Tom Petty, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Oingo Boingo, Neil Young, Sheryl Crow, Kenny Loggins, System of A Down, Madonna, Neil Diamond, Barbra Streisand, John Fogerty, Dan Fogelberg, and many other great artists. Marc had the honor of performing at the Royal Albert Hall for the GeORge Harrison Tribute Concert, and appears in the DVD "Concert for George".
Polly Tapia Ferber - Dumbeq, Frame Drum
Percussionist Polly Tapia Ferber is a music educator, performer, and recording artist who specializes in hand percussion from the Middle East, Turkey, North Africa, the Balkans, and Spanish Andalucia. She is noted for her melodic style of playing on darabukah (middle-eastern drum), frame drum, riqq (middle-eastern tambourine), and cajon (Spanish wooden box-drum).
Danny Montgomery - Drums
Danny is a San Francisco native, living in Spain and working most of the year in Europe. He studied orchestral percussion and composition at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and has recorded and performed with Percy Sledge, Ray Charles, Billy Paul, Mose Allison, Taj Mahal, Jack Sheldon, Johnette Napolitano and Jerry Harrison.
Souren Baronian - Clarinet, Kaval, Riqq (tambourine)
Souren Baronian is an American-Armenian reedman/percussionist extraordinaire, whose playing and writing are a true synthesis of jazz and authentic Near Eastern music. Souren studied with the renowned Turkish master Safet Gundeger, and on the jazz side with the legendary Lennie Tristano. He recorded with such jazz lights as Phil Woods, Don Cherry, Joe Beck, Arnie Lawrence, Carla Bley, Paul Motian, Joe Farrel, Steve Gadd, Armen Donelian and others, while continuing to lead ethnic ensembles in performance and on recordings.
Adam Good - Oud
Adam is a graduate of Berklee School of Music, and is well known for performing on a variety of stringed instruments including the Oud, Electric Guitar, and Tambura. Adam studies with the renowned Oud player Necati Celik from Istanbul, and is also a composer of Turkish Classical music.
Kenny Blye - Electric Bass
Kenny Blye is a uniquely creative bass player, having studied with the great Motown Jamie Jamerson. Kenny has toured extensively with theatre productions such as road Grease and Godspell, and has played with Fabian, Nancy Nevins, Sweetwater, King Curtis and many others.
Travis Jarrell - Oriental Dancing
A native of Tennessee, Travis is trained in classical ballet, modern dance, classical North Indian Kathak, Flamenco, East European and Middle Eastern folk dance, and classical dance of Uzbekistan. Travis has performed traditional ethnic dances as well as her original choreography in the US and Europe. She has taught dance for many years and has served as Artist-in-Residence in the U.K. as well as in America.