Pianist Tarek Yamani is making his way to Sharjah Art Foundation for a solo performance on Friday, 1 November. During his stay, he will also teach a short course on jazz tactics and the essentials of improvisation, which will run from Wednesday, 30 October through Friday, 1 November.
Born in Beirut in 1980, the self-taught Yamani has dedicated himself to exploring relationships between African American jazz and classical Arabic music. His upcoming performance at Sharjah Art Foundation will focus on the connections between classical Arabic music, jazz, Brazilian Samba and Afro-Cuban songs.
Further details regarding the performance and short course follow below:
8:00 pm–9:00 pm Hamdan Bin Moussa Courtyard, Al Mureijah Art Spaces, Al Mureijah Square, Sharjah
This solo piano performance will see each tarab/Arabic-influenced piece paired with an African American/jazz-influenced piece. Yamani noticed similarities in the rearrangements of classical Arabic, jazz, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian Samba songs and found their connections even more evident when the pieces were paired. Yamani discovered that the paired pieces matched not only in musical style but also in title, theme or poetic inclination.
Some of the paired pieces include Chico Buarque’s Com Acucar Com Afeto with Darwich Al Hariri’s Muwashah Hubbi Zurni, Billy Strayhorn’s Lush Life with Sayed Darwich’s Lahn Al Shayalan, Harry Warren’s You’re My Everything with Ziad Rahbani’s Bala Wala Chi and Dizzy Gillespie’s A Night in Tunisia with Kamel Al Khulai’s Fi Hulal Al Afrah.
In this short course, Yamani seeks to share his experience, assist musicians in bringing a sense of self to their practice and actualise their understanding of music.
Depending on the needs of the participants, the content of this course will range from fundamental jazz vocabulary to advanced tools that can be used by musicians to understand concepts in jazz, such as improvising melodies, the harmonic logic behind chord progressions and the rhythmic codes that create the sense of swing found in all African-influenced music, including khaleeji, popular music from the Gulf.
The course will seek to engage participants through exercises and presentations, which will include live demonstrations by Yamani as well as examples from audio recordings. The participants will be invited to apply the different concepts within an interactive atmosphere to understand them better and develop freedom and creativity within their musical practice.
Both the performance and the short course are free to attend and open to all.
To learn more and register your participation in the short course, visit sharjahart.org.