Jazz Tactics | A Masterclass in Rhythm and Harmony by Tarek Yamani
Saturday, August 24th, 2019
11:00 am till 7.00 pm


Language: Arabic / English

Age group: All Ages 

Horn, bass and guitar players who wish to participate are expected to bring their instruments with them.



11:00 am - 2:00 pm: Part I – Rhythm
• Introduction to the science of interval ratios and the rhythmical origins of harmony.
• Insight into the rhythmic code of black music (Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian), phrasing, odd-meters, subdivisions, and groupings.

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm: Break

2:45 pm - 4:45 pm: Part II – Harmony
• Introduction to alternative composition techniques using non-music-related elements.
• Insight into harmony, improvisation, reharmonization, and form mindfulness.
• The subtle art of Practicing.

4:45 pm - 5:45 pm: Part III – Q & A
• Ask me anything

5:45 pm – 6:15 pm: Break

6:15 pm – 7:00 pm: Part IV – Ensemble: Performance
• Hands-on practice (with instruments)


Born and raised in Beirut, Tarek is a New York-based pianist who taught himself jazz at the age of 19. He has been dedicated to exploring the relationships between African-American Jazz and classical Arabic music which are most evident in his second album "Lisan Al Tarab: Jazz Conceptions in Classical Arabic", and in his latest “Peninsular” which blends jazz with quarter-tones and the rhythms of the Arabian Peninsula.
A recipient of many prestigious awards such as the Thelonious Monk Jazz Composers Competition, the Baryshnikov Artist-in-Residence, the Huygens Scholarship, the Prins Bernhard Culture Fund and the Abu Dhabi Festival Commission, Tarek has been part of three editions of UN’s International Jazz Day All-Star concerts and performed in venues such as the Smithsonian Museum (DC), Atrium at Lincoln Center (NY), Boulez Saal (DE), MuCEM (FR), the UN Assembly Hall (NY), Hamer Hall (Melbourne), Sejong Center (KR), the World Bank (DC), Aaron Davis Hall (NY) and Gran Teatro de la Habana (Cuba).
Tarek is also an educator, author of two self-published music books on rhythm and a film score composer of films screened in 100+ festivals around the world and broadcasted on AMC network, BBC and Sundance TV.
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