Golden Belly Award Winners! - Zaghareet Magazine

Looking at Earth from Space, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe all come together in the Mediterranean, literally meaning the "Middle-Earth".....

The Middle-Earth Ensemble is a San Diego based group that performs music for belly dance and other festive occasions at many local venues. Their gypsy-infused sound has fueled the hips of many a belly dancer in the Southern California area, and has led to their popularity in San Diego . The musicians derive their influences from many different styles, including Arabic, Persian, Turkish, folk, jazz, classical, rock and improvisational music. The music of Middle-Earth Ensemble represents a unique fusion and blending to create their original sound.


Anthony Sarain- Sax, flute

Robert Rotzler-Mandolin, violin

Frank Lazzaro- Dumbek, percussion

Andy Villas-Boas- Bass, vocals



Middle-Earth Ensemble is available to play your party, wedding or special event. In addition to musicians, we can provide Middle-Eastern bellydancers, fire dancers, fortune tellers, catering, DJ, and anything you need for your exotic themed event.

Please contact us at 760-703-1487 or email for booking.


Middle-Earth Ensemble performs monthly at the following San Diego venues:

3rd Thursday, Tango Del Rey, 3567 Del Rey St, SD (858) 581-1114, 800pm Bellydance Showcase

4th Sunday, The Turquoise , 873 Turquoise St. Pacific Beach (858) 488-4200, 800pm with Sabrina Fox & guest belly dancers . No Cover!












Middle-Earth Ensemble's CDs are available at our shows and also can be ordered for $15 including shipping and handling via Paypal and on CD Baby

or by check or money order to Frank Lazzaro 739 Arden Dr. Encinitas, CA 92024

"Passage" CD goes beyond what the band has achieved before, with more emphasis on original material, while continuing to draw on traditional and fusion styles as varied as Arabic, Turkish, Moorish, Spanish, Gypsy, Celtic, and Classical. 16 tracks and over 74 minutes of Mediterranean fusion music. Listen and Buy












"Lavender" CD Middle-Earth Ensemble's second recording draws influences from the Mediterranean, Middle East, Asia, North Africa and Brazil. Original world fusion music featuring stirring multi-lingual vocals, as well as a few dance classics and percussive solos. Listen and Buy














Our first self titled CD, Middle-Earth Ensemble contains instrumental interpretations of middle-eastern dance classics as well as our original compositions. With over 68 minutes of music, its great for dancing or listening pleasure.

Now available for secure purchase online at CD LISTEN to samples



Rachel George "Advance Your Bellydance" DVDs
now available!

featuring drum solo by Frank Lazzaro (Vol. 1) and

music by Middle-Earth Ensemble (Vol. 2)

$30 each incl shipping


Middle-Earth Ensemble
"Peace Through Music"


"King Ramzy"
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Check out our MySpace page

and YouTube Channel

Middle-Earth Ladies tank tops

$20 incl shipping