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Tarek Yamani

Born and raised in Beirut, Tarek is an American-Lebanese New York based self-taught jazz pianist who has been dedicated to exploring relationships between African-American Jazz and Arabic rhythms/maqams which are most evident in his second album “Lisan Al Tarab: Jazz Conceptions in Classical Arabic”, and in his newly released “Peninsular” which fuses jazz with the rhythms of the Arabian Peninsula. Winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Composers Competition, Tarek has been fortunate to share the stage with luminaries such as Wayne Shorter, Richard Bona, Zakir Hussein, Esperanza Spalding, and Antonio Sanchez during the inaugural and the sixth editions of the International Jazz Day, at the UN Assembly Hall in New York and the Teatro de la Habana, Cuba, respectively.

Awards

Tarek is the recipient of many awards such as the Givanas Foundation grant, the Huygens scholarship, the Andrea Elkenbracht award, the Abu Dhabi Festival Composers Commission, the Prins Bernhard Culture fund, the Thelonious Monk Composers Competition prize, the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead residency, the New Dutch composition contest, and recently the Baryshnikov Arts Center artist- in-residence program.


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“Inspired by the common black roots of Khaleeji music and jazz, weaves refined cadences.” — La Libération

“Trailblazing pianist transforms Khaleeji music.” — CNN

“Tarek Yamani, a piano in each hand.” — Nayla Rached - L'Agenda Culturel

“Your talents as a jazz composer will ensure the vitality of the next generation of jazz composers.” — Tom Carter - President of Monk Insitute of Jazz

“Yamani’s resonant chords echo hauntingly in a provocative improvisation with a touch of thrilling angularity.” — Hrayr Attarian - All About Jazz

“Innovative jazz pianist from Beirut who is reinvigorating the genre.” — Shirine Saad - The National

“A magician with his chromatics and disquieting passing tones.” — New York Music Daily

“Shimmering spidery piano godliness.” — Rob Garratt - Time Out

“From being on the scene for a little while, you hear certain things that does something for you, now you see, our pianist here, he got a different idea about soloing, because you can hear him going somewhere else.” — James Moody

“There is ecstasy, there is trance..

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King Matar

Self Produced
2021

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Peninsular

Edict Records
2017

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Lisan Al Tarab

Edict Records
2014

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Ashur

Edict Records
2012

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