Omar Aena is a world music DJ, event producer and cultural storyteller based in NYC.

He is passionate about bringing people together to discover and express their true selves through conscious dance & music gatherings.

His offerings reflect his experiences as a born & bred New Yorker, a student of the Sufi path and a lover of the sacred arts.

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CURRENT PROJECTS

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LILA Productions

Founder + Director

LILA Productions is the company producing ‘The LILA Series’ - a documentary series about sacred music and dance traditions from around the world. Each episode features a particular culture and tells their story about how they use art as a form of spiritual communion, prayer and healing, and to show the evolution of these traditions and the challenges they are facing today. We also host events and group trips that immerse people into these ancient traditions.

Dance Lab

Founder + Resident DJ


Dance Lab is a community event series based in Brooklyn exploring the intersection of Movement & Therapy. Each event starts with a guided movement class, followed by a free-form dance with a DJ, ending with a sound meditation. It is a safe and sober space for all, giving people the freedom to express themselves without judgement.

Dance Beyond

Founder + Co-Producer

 

Dance Beyond is a convergence of several dance communities and started as an intimate group retreat in Lake Atitlan, Guatemala. In 2022 it relocated to the Berkshires in Massachusetts for a larger scale weekend gathering, which featured live music & DJ’s, embodiment workshops, talks & ceremony, connecting with nature and much more. This winter, there will be a 5-day deep dive retreat in the Catskills in Upstate New York. 

Unifier Festival

Co-Producer

 

This annual festival in the Berkshires brings together world-class musicians, DJ’s and facilitators for a weekend on 414-acres of community-owned land. This year Omar was invited in to curate some of the musical acts from the NYC world music + dance community.

 
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DJ MIXES

As a DJ, Omar bridges traditional songs of the past with electronic sounds of the present; weaving together music from many different cultures but with a particular focus on songs from his Middle Eastern Heritage.

His sets often take listeners on a journey - starting with slower tempos, then picking up to a higher energy percussive peak, then back down to a sweet stillness.

 

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