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Banzi, Tarik

Banzi, Tarik , Oud (plucked string instrument), Darbuka (dumbek drum), Ney (double reed wind instrument); b. Tetouan, Morocco, 13 August 1958.

He learned jazz initially from musicians visiting Morocco. Around the age of 18 he moved to Madrid, Spain and studied formally at the Taller de Jazz. In Madrid he was very active and influential in Jazz and flamenco circles. He was collaborating and recording with flamenco and jazz masters of Spain such as Paco de Lucia, Manolo Sanlucar, Enrique Morente, Jorge Pardo, Carles Benavent, Carlos Carli, Guadalquivir,Pepe de Lucia, La Trinca, Tijeritas, Celesta,Salpicao, Enrique Valdiveso, Claudina & Alberto Gambino, Michael Shreive. He formed the group Al-Fatihah with Jewish musicologist Dr. Javier Sanchez, which has been recognized in Spain as the leading group of Middle Eastern music there. He was also a Radio/Television Espana Studio Musician 10 years.

He introduced the darbuka and oud to Spanish Jazz and flamenco. In the late 80's Tarik & Julia formed the group Amal together with Maria Ahmed, Rasgui Boujemaa, together with Tarik & Rasgui's students Fain Duenas and Vicente Molina. Fain & Vicente later went on to from the group Radio Tarifa. Tarik completed his doctoral courses in Fine Arts at The Complutense University of Madrid, Spain but as of this writing he did not complete the dissertation.

He moved to the US in 1989 where he spent time in Portland, Oregon and composed music for theater productions there. Around 2000 he moved back to Morocco (Tangier, Morocco).

He has toured Europe and North America extensively. He composes and performs music for cinema, theater and television. He is the artistic director as well as the co-founder, composer and performer of Al-Andalus.
His wife, Julia Banzi, is one of the few female flamenco guitarists, and trained in ethnomusicology at the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Tarik Banzi & Al-Andalus Recordings: The Bridge I & II (1995); Liman, For Whom  (1996); Illumination (1998); Genetic Memories (2000); Vision (2002)

Music Composed for Television & Cinema:
Jazz Entre Amigos; Tailors Box; Delirios de Amor; Pedro the Cruel; Music Magic;
Mosaic (live performance video)

Contact information:
Julia Banzi

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