Our Mission

In a time when there is so much negative perception about the Middle East, we believe that the aesthetics and variety of these cultures would be of interest to an American audience. There is much beautiful music to be heard from these countries that have been developing and evolving in their culture for a few thousand years.


The Mid-East Tapestry Ensemble has just been granted 501c(3) non-profit status and is available to receive grants and individual contributions to fund their 2017 concert and lecture demo schedule. Any contributions are tax deductable. No donation is too small!

Mid-East Tapestry Ensemble

Vince Delgado's Mid-East Tapestry Ensemble plays a diverse array of Classical, Urban and Folk music from the Arabic speaking countries as well as Turkish, Greek, Armenian, and Persian traditions. They have performed in concert settings, lecture demonstration presentations, for dance concerts, folk dancing events and art music house concerts. They have performed at over 25 municipal libraries as well as world music classes at Sacramento State University, Santa Rosa Junior College and Dominican University.

Vince Delgado - Kanun (77 string Zither) and Percussion
Coralie Russo - Oud (11 string Arbic Lute)
Rami Ziadeh - Riqq (Arabic Tambourine) plus other Percussion
Tom Shader - Acoustic Bass


VINCE DELGADO is a master percussionist and composer who has played music for over 71 years. He was an aspiring Jazz drummer at the age of 11 and played swing music in Jr. High School and High School . At the age of 18 he studied Japanese classical music for five years. In 1965 he began studying North Indian Classical music on the Tabla and studied for 13 years. He helped establish and became the first director of the Ali Akbar College of Music in 1968. He has been playing traditional Middle Eastern Music for 58 years as well as being featured on numerous recordings as a percussionist. He has performed in Istanbul, Paris, London, Mumbai, Bogota, Mexico City and other cities around the world with many luminaries including Zakir Hussain, Ali Akbar Khan, Necati Çelik, Halil Karaduman, John McLaughlin, Paul Winter Consort, Mickey Hart, Harry Partch, Simon Shaheen, and Larry Vuckovich. He has been studying and playing the Kanoun, a 78 stringed Middle Eastern zither, since 2005, and continues to play with his mostly Latin Jazz Trio


CORALIE RUSSO has been playing and performing Egyptian, Turkish, Greek, Lebanese, Armenian, Syrian and Persian Music on the Oud, an 11-stringed lute, for 35 years. She has studied with master musicians John Belizekjian, Necati Çelik, Georges Lammam and Haig Manookian. She has performed with Jazayer, Coral Rose, Aywah Dance Company and the Gypsy Caravan and currently plays with Vince Delgado’s Mid-East Tapestry Ensemble and other local Mid-Eastern traditional ensembles, as well as Larry Vuckovich’s Blue Balkan and Crosswinds Jazz ensembles. She has extensively studied dance in the Flamenco and Middle Eastern traditions.

TOM SHADER is an acoustic bass player raised in the Detroit area where he studied violin, viola, cello, string bass, and voice. Tom has had the privilege of performing with many fine musicians, including Steve Allen, Henry Mancini, and Tommy Newsome. In addition to being a mainstay at many North Bay and San Francisco jazz clubs, Tom has appeared at some of the area’s popular jazz festivals, including Russian River, Cotati, Benicia, Monterey, Mammoth Lakes, Morro Bay, and the Sacramento Jubilee. His mid-east bass work can be heard on numerous CD recordings. He has been playing acoustic bass in the Mid-East genre for 30 years and has played and recorded with the esteemed Jazayer ensemble with Vince Delgado, Mimi Spencer and DeviJa Delgado Croll.

RAMI ZIADEH was born in Kuwait and raised in Jordan, where he began playing Arabic Tabla at the age of 4, and by 9 was playing in a semi-professional capacity. At 15 he moved to the US and continued his music by studying drums with Roy Burns and Tony Williams, and tabla with Sri Swapan Chauduri, and later studied music at the California Institute of the Arts. His unique style combines Middle Eastern techniques with Jazz and Flamenco rhythms. He has performed with Shabaz/Ali Khan, guitarists Mark Taylor and David Correa, Desert Wind Middle Eastern fusion ensemble, Flamenco-jazz pianist Alex Conde, and with jazz bassist Jeff Denson and Pharoah Sanders for the Alonzo King Ballet. He has accompanied flamenco dance artists La Tania, La Fibi, and other Bay Area flamenco and Middle Eastern artists. Currently he is studying Classical Hindustani Vocals with Pundit Dr. Laxmi G. Tewari and exploring the Americana / Bluegrass / Acoustic genre by recording and performing with the group The Pine Needles.

“The program was awesome. I had a patron tell me how enjoyable it was and he loved learning so much.”

- Lisa Musgrove
Branch Manager
Sonoma Valley Library

“Vince, once again, thank you for such a wonderful program. I really appreciated your groups beautiful music.”

- Liz Ruhland
Library Manager
El Cerrito Community Library

“The Mid-East Tapestry was a fabulous ensemble that provided valuable insight into the music of the Middle East. The performance and lecture was inclusive and spectacular for music and non-music majors.”

-Prof. Mike Crain
Sacramento State University

“Many members who attended the lecture commented that the presentation was not only informative and interesting, but rich in musical composition and variety. Personally, I found the lecture contained a wealth of information about the instruments and musical structure that was truly enlightening. While the majority of attendees came to the event knowing nothing about this music, many remarked that they left with new insight into Turkish and Arabic culture imbibed in this fascinating and textured musical tradition.”

- Dana Pandey
Associate Director,
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Dominican University of California