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Tarik Banzi  [ December, 2009 ]
Tarik Banzi TARIK BANZI  (Composer, Multi-instrumentalist & Visual Artist) traces his roots back to Al-Andalus, Spain (711-1492). He was born to one of the old Andalusian families in Tetouan, Morocco and grew up immersed in the Andalusian musical tradition. Tarik has performed for such notables as Queen Sofia of Spain and Princess Haifa Al-Saud while his musicianship has complimented the albums of flamenco and Jazz masters such as Paco de Lucia, Manolo Sanlucar, Enrique Morente and Jorge Pardo where Tarik introduced such mainstays the darbuka (clay or metal drum) and Udu (clay pot drum).

Tarik’s students Fain Duenas and Vicente Molina went on to form the Grammy nominated World music group Radio Tarifa.  Tarik’s diversity can be seen in the works of Classical, Jazz, Folk, New Age, Rock and World Music artists from Billy Oskay (Nightnoise), Guadalquivir, La Trinca, Tijeritas, Michael Shreive and Graham Leer (Carlos Santana), Dan Crary, Carolyn Cruso, Lief Sorby, Magical Strings, Paul Winter, John Doan, Oregon Repertory Singers and Enrique Valdivieso... Tarik has composed scores of soundtracks for cinema & film including Delirios de Amor (Felix Rotaeta, Antonio Banderas), Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, Henry IV, Othello, Bodas de Sangre (Garcia Lorca) and Salome’ (Nuria Espert).

Tarik is a featured Arts Bridge Scholar and has guest lectured at many universities including the Virginia Military Institute, Denver University, Arizona State University, Washington State University, Portland University, Western Carolina University, Reed College, Lewis & Clark College.

Tarik composed music for American National Public Radio (NPR)“Legacies: Faith, Hope and Peace” which was subsequently awarded the “Heart of America Award” for best in radio and was recently filmed for an upcoming American Public Broadcasting Station (PBS) documentary on the three faiths “A Journey of Faith” (Auteur Productions).

Tarik is an accomplished visual artist who completed his Doctoral studies in  Fine Arts (Ph.D.) at the Complutense University of Madrid, Spain and further studies at the University of California Santa Barbara. His artwork is included in collections throughout the world.



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