Peninsular

by Tarek Yamani

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"Peninsular" is a new work that blends the virtually unexplored rhythms of the Arabian Peninsula with the frameworks of African-American jazz.
The music of the khaleej (common term used to describe the Arabian Gulf) is famous for its laid-back feel and distinguished sense of swing, which is a trait not found in the music of the rest of the Middle East.
Jazz and khaliji music have so much in common due to their shared ancestral African polyrhythm and therefore merging both worlds together was more like connecting two distant family members.

"Yamanimania... You get lost, but you get lost with pleasure" - L'OBS

"... luminous music anchored in jazz harmony and in Arab traditions. No kitsch postcard here, but a joyous and thoughtful vision. The vigorous Arab percussion swing as if nothing is more natural to them than to accompany the piano which, itself, weaves its own mysteries between modal filigree and ziggurat chords. A few sung passages and the use of a keyboard designed to produce quarter-tones, an essential element of Arabic music, make deeper the interpenetration and increase the enjoyment that one draws from this singular album." - Telerama

"On his third release Peninsular, pianist and composer Tarek Yamani continues to explore the amalgamation of Arabic music and American jazz. His work is more than a simple juxtaposition of disparate styles as it is built upon shared elements in both genres." - All About Jazz

"Terme fourre-tout par excellence, la fusion désigne bel et bien le mélange des genres. Tarek Yamani insuffle ainsi du jazz dans les rythmes de la péninsule arabique. Ou peut-être est-ce l’inverse… Le cœur de l’Afrique bat au rythme de pulsations appuyées par un batteur et deux percussionnistes au feeling « santanesque ». Les températures tropicales évoquent parfois le jazz latino d’un Michel Camilo, avec lequel Yamani partage un toucher virtuose et tonique, les inflexions orientales en prime. La note de presse parle de « samba saoudienne » et de « cha-cha bédouin ». C’est curieusement authentique et totalement jouissif." - L'Alsace

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released March 27, 2017

Tarek Yamani: Piano, Quarter Tone Keyboard
Elie Afif: Acoustic Bass
Khaled Yassine: Drums
Wahid Mubarak: Percussion
Ahmad Abdel Rahim: Percussion
Adil Abdallah: Guest Vocals

Produced by Tarek Yamani
Recorded in Dubai and Doha
Mixed & Mastered in New York City

Cover art: Alien Technology by Monira Al Qadiri

Commissioned by the Abu Dhabi Festival

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Tarek Yamani New York, New York

Born and raised in Beirut, Tarek is a New York based self-taught jazz pianist who has been dedicated to exploring relationships between African-American Jazz and Arabic rhythms/maqams, mostly evident in his 3 albums: Ashur, Lisan Al Tarab and the newly released Peninsular Tarek is the grand prize winner of the Thelonious Monk Jazz Composers Competition. ... more

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