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Brian Prunka

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Brian Prunka emigrated to New York from the tiny nation-state of New Orleans in the year twenty-aught-three. He had spent the previous decade honing his musical skills in the Home Of Jazz and ingesting what he could of the local culture. Originally from Newtown, CT, Brian grew up in the cultural wasteland of Miami, FL during its well known "Vice" era. Equally proficient on both guitar and oud, Brian composes and performs jazz and middle-eastern influenced music with his own projects (such as the Near East River Ensemble) and with musicians such as Michael Bates and Simon Shaheen. Brian returned to New Orleans in 2008 to teach jazz guitar at Loyola University and to pursue various music projects with Simon Lott, Michael Jenner, Tim Green, and Helen Gillet among others

Album

Nashaz

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2013

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Article: Album Review

Nashaz: Nashaz

Read "Nashaz" reviewed by Eyal Hareuveni


Nashaz was founded by jazz guitarist Brian Prunka after a few chance incidents led him to explore the great pantheon of Arabic music. These meetings made Prunka travel long and winding roads. Geographically, from his hometown, New Orleans, to Brooklyn (where he studied with Palestinian oud master Simon Shaeen and his brother Najib; and to Ramallah ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five With Brian Prunka

Read "Take Five With Brian Prunka" reviewed by Brian Prunka


Meet Brian Prunka:Prior to moving to Brooklyn in 2003, Brian was living and performing in New Orleans, where he spent his formative years honing his musical skills while being immersed in the jazz community. Although his background was in jazz, rock and blues, Brian has always found himself drawn to a wide range of ...

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News: Recording

Oud Awakening: Nashaz Furthers the Tradition of Blending of Jazz and Arabic Music

Oud Awakening: Nashaz Furthers the Tradition of Blending of Jazz and Arabic Music

A puzzling and intriguing challenge from an Egyptian cab driver in New Orleans inspires an impulse purchase of an alluring album in a used CD store. The album inspires a search for a difficult to find instrument, which in turn takes a jazz player to a radically different approach. This unlikely turn of events ultimately led ...

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Label: Skylight Music
Released: 2001
Duration: 06:12

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In Praise Of Shadows

Label: Skylight Music
Released: 2001


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