Music Department

Tarik Banzi

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Ph.D. Fine Arts, Complutense University, Madrid, Spain

Multi-instrumentalist and composer, traces his roots back to Al-Andalus, Spain. Tarik grew up immersed in the Andalusian musical tradition. He later lived in Spain and collaborated with flamenco and Jazz masters such as Paco de Lucia, Manolo Sanlucar, Enrique Morente, Jorge Pardo ... He introduced mainstays to modern flamenco such as the darbuka (clay or metal drum) and Udu (clay pot drum). Mr. Banzi’s diversity can be seen in the works of classical, jazz, folk, new age, rock and world music artists.  He has composed scores of soundtracks for cinema & theater including Delirios de Amor (Felix Rotaeta, starring Antonio Banderas), Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, Henry IV, Othello, Bodas de Sangre (Garcia Lorca) and Salome’ (Oscar Wilde).  Whether opening for speeches by Archbishop Desmond Tutu or playing onstage with Nasrollah Moein or Radio Tarifa, Tarik moves with grace and ease between tradition and innovation. HIs solo album Vision explores the oud, a quintessential classical Arabic string instrument in a series of solo improvisations, duets, and quartets.