Critically acclaimed for music that is “full of poetry and mysticism”, in the world premiere of this Abu Dhabi Festival Commission, Tarek Yamani revisits the traditions of the Khaleeji Region through the complex rhythms and harmonies of jazz. In an invigorating style he calls ‘Afro Tarab’, Yamani ingeniously bridges the boundaries between two eclectic cultures and musical heritages. Winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Composer’s Competition, Yamani is among the best talents of his generation.
In partnership with The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi
Born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, Tarek moved to New York in 2011. A self-taught jazz pianist, composer and music programmer he was exposed to jazz by chance aged 19. He immediately fell in love with the art form. Failing to find a mentor anywhere in Lebanon made him even more determined to explore the music on his own, by decoding theory books and transcribing jazz records. He went on to complete a BA in Jazz Piano at the Prins Claus Conservatorium, Netherlands.
Critically acclaimed for music that is “full of poetry and mysticism”, Tarek revisits the classic traditions of the Arab world through the complex rhythms and harmonies of jazz. In an invigorating style he calls “Afro Tarab”, Tarek ingeniously bridges the boundaries between two eclectic cultures and musical heritages
Winner of the ‘Thelonious Monk Jazz Composer’s Competition 2010’, he was invited to perform at the inaugural International Jazz Day in 2012, held at the UN headquarters in New York – an event announced by UNESCO and Herbie Hancock to proclaim jazz as an international language.
Tarek’s career started with pioneering Lebanese hip-hop band Aksser, writing music for dance-theatre performances including with Swedish director Eva Bergman and Lebanese director Omar Rajeh. He has performed and composed in a variety of other styles including Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Flamenco, Electronic and Arabic music.
During his Abu Dhabi Festival Recital Series performance, he will debut Portraits in Khaleeji Rhythms and Jazz, a new work commissioned for the Festival Composers Platform, exploring the commonalities and differences between these two diverse music types.
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