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Tarek is a New York based self-taught jazz pianist, composer, ex-guitarist and music programmer who was coincidentally exposed to Jazz around the age of 19.
In 2010, he won the grand prize of the "2010 Thelonious Monk Jazz Composer’s Competition" for his composition "Sama'i Yamani".
On April 30th 2012, Tarek was privileged to perform in the inaugural of the "International Jazz Day" at the UN headquarters in NYC, along with Wayne Shorter, Richard Bona, Zakir Hussein and Vinnie Colaiuta, an event announced by UNESCO and Herbie Hancock to proclaim Jazz as an international language.
During his beginnings, Tarek's projects ranged significantly from Arabic music to hip-hop to Jazz. While he was performing in local Jazz clubs, he was also producing/performing with pioneer Lebanese speaking Hip-Hop band “Aksser” and writing music for dance/theater performances such as with Swedish director Eva Bergman & Lebanese director Omar Rajeh.
His curiosity has moreover led him to approach a variety of other styles such as Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and Flamenco and in 2002, he co-founded "funjan shai", a multi-style band which was featured in 2 releases and which brought a distinctive approach in arrangement and production to the middle east.
Since 2004 he focused mostly on Jazz and improvised music and performed in various festivals/venues in France, Spain, Holland, Italy, Morocco, Tunisia, Qatar, Dubai, Syria, Jordan, Switzerland, Romania, Slovenia, Egypt, USA and Sweden, and with great artists such as Ambrose Akinmusire, Jimmy Greene, Khaled Yassine, Rene Mclean and Bill Saxton to name a few.
Apart from performing, Tarek had given Jazz workshops such as in the 2008 Realmonte “Jazz Festival & Meeting” & in the 2010 “Palermo Festival & Meeting” in Italy.
He holds a BS in Computer Science from the "American University of Beirut" & a BA in Jazz Piano from the "Prins Claus Conservatoire" as he is also a recipient of many prestigious awards such as the "Givanas Foundation" fund, the "Andrea Elkenbracht" award, the "Huygens" scholarship, and the "Prins Bernhard Cultuur Fonds" award.
He was born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon in 1980, and moved to New York in 2011.