Sat, December 15, 2012 8:00 pm at Alwan for the Arts
ASHUR is a piano trio that features 5 original compositions, Dabke and Sama’i Yamani which are based on Arab rhythms and modes; and three others that are more rooted in contemporary jazz. Tarek Yamani’s take on jazz standards is a complex rhythmic exploration in melodies and harmonic structures. In Ashur, Yamani re-arranges 3 Jazz Standards, and one pop song as well as a Prelude by J.S. Bach.
Tarek Yamani- Piano
Carlo De Rosa- Bass
John Davis- Drums
(*A small online fee is applied - use printout as your ticket)
Doors open at 7:30 p.m.
Tarek Yamani is a New York based, self-taught Jazz pianist and composer and the Grand Prize winner of the “Thelonious Monk International Jazz Composer’s Competition 2010” for his composition Sama’i Yamani, featured in his debut album ASHUR. The album was released on edict records on April 30th, 2012, the day UNESCO proclaimed and celebrated Jazz as an international language in its inaugural at the UN headquarters in NYC. Tarek was invited to share the piano chair with Herbie Hancock, Danilo Perez, Hiromi and George Duke and to perform Coltrane’s ‘India’ with Wayne Shorter, Richard Bona, Zakir Hussein and Vinnie Colaiuta.
Tarek's career started with pioneer Lebanese speaking hip-hop band "Aksser" and with writing music for dance-theater performances such as with Swedish director Eva Bergman and Lebanese director Omar Rajeh. He co-founded the band "funjan shai" in 2002 which led to recording/producing Ziad Ahmadieh's "Beyond Traditions" & Macadi Nahhas' "Khilkhal".
In 2010, he was semi-finalist in the "Montreux International Piano Solo Competition" as he is also the recipient of many prestigious awards such as the "Givanas Foundation" fund, the "Andrea Elkenbracht Fonds" award, the "Huygens" scholarship, and the "Prins Bernhard Cultuur Fonds" award.
Whenever Yamani is asked about how he integrates his Arabic heritage into his jazz compositions, he says that it comes naturally just like having an accent. "Jazz is a very complex language with its proper vocabulary, syntaxes and semantics and to incorporate one's heritage into it, one has to speak it fluently. I believe that the integration of more than one heritage together is most homogenous and true, when it is most spontaneous and involuntary.”
“Yamani is a dynamic performer with an intuitive feel for melodicism and development. This makes him worth watching" -Jerry D’Souza, All About Jazz
‘From being on the scene for a little while, you hear certain things that does something for you, now you see, the pianist here, he got a different idea about soloing, because you can hear him going somewhere else’. -James Moody
"Tarek Yamani, a name to retain in the musical world", “A condensate of passion”, “Yamani always manages to be, as Paul Verlaine once said, ‘not exactly the same, not exactly another’" - Colette Khalaf, L’Orient Le Jour
“Yamani’s piano amuses in varying the sensations, contradictory, paradoxical, resolved in the perception of the musical moment.” - Nayla Rached, L’Hebdo Magazine
Last updated: 2012-11-15 11:49:43
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