Fri 7 July 2017, 8pm
90 York Way
London, N1 9AG
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Born and raised in Beirut, Tarek is an American-Lebanese, New York based composer and a self-taught jazz pianist.
“A magician with his chromatics and disquieting passing tones.”
New York Music Daily
He is the founder of the cutting edge festival Beirut Speaks Jazz which aims to promote jazz in Lebanon by igniting adventurous collaborations between artists from the worlds of rock, pop, tarab, rap and blues over the foundations of jazz. His latest album Peninsular is a pioneering new work, which blends the virtually unexplored rhythms of the Gulf with the beats and structures of African-American jazz.
The trio will be playing original music from Tarek’s albums: Lisan Al Tarab where he explores the relationships between African-American Jazz and Arabic rhythms/maqams. The trio features: Tarek on Piano, Elie Afif on the bass, Khaled Yassine on percussion and a special guest Yazz Ahmed on Trumpet. Since releasing Finding My Way Home in 2011, British-Bahraini trumpet player, Yazz Ahmed, has emerged as a distinctive voice on the UK jazz scene, as a soloist, band leader and composer.
Born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, Tarek is a self-taught jazz pianist and composer. Critically acclaimed as “A magician with his chromatics and disquieting passing tones.”, Tarek revisits the classic traditions of the Arab world through the complex rhythms and harmonies of jazz. In an invigorating style, Tarek ingeniously bridges the boundaries between two eclectic cultures and musical heritages.
Originally from Beirut, Lebanon Elie is an exceptional and extremely versatile bass player and one of the leading musicians in Lebanon’s jazz scene. Elie was invited to perform with highly rated musicians such as Rene Mclean, Bobby McFerrin, Ranjit Barrot, Ayden Esen, A.R Rahman, and Zakir Hussein to name but a few.
A self-taught musician, mostly known for his work with Anouar Brahem Quartet, and Alif, Khaled Yassine’s unique approach to percussions made him one of most sought-after musicians in the region.
Special guest – trumpet player Yazz Ahmed
Produced in partnership with MARSM. Supported by Abu Dhabi Festival with additional support from Al Mawred Al Thaqafy and Alaraby TV Network.