Tarek Fahham

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Tarek Fahham


One of the most important drums players in the region of Aleppo, for a long time considered to be the capital of jazz music in Syria, Tarek Fahham has witnessed the Golden Age of jazz music in this city. He learned to play guitar with barely 12 years and later, when he was 16, he became a drummer and was taught music theory by Vatche Yeramian, one of the most influential personality in the history of contemporary music practices in Syria, who would found the first Syrian Big Band in 1978.

In 1974, at the age of 18 years, Tarek started his career playing the drums in various local nightclubs with guest artists from France and the United Kingdom. Then he traveled with western bands to perform in nearby cities such as Amman and Iraq. After that he performed with the Big Band of the Artists’ Syndicate of Aleppo for three continuous years.

In 1981, the drummer moved to Greece, where he worked in Athens’ famous Copa Cabana Nightclub for two years, performing along famous world-class artists. When he returned to Aleppo, he formed a band called Aleppo Jazz Quartet and performed various styles of Jazz, including Afro-Cuban and Latin sounds. This band was playing until the the Gulf War began in 1990, and then Tarek moved on to perform along famous Arab stars such Nour Mhanna.

In 1992, he met Garo Salakian and Asem Buni, two professional well-known jazz musicians. Together they started to play jazz again in places like the Goethe Institute and the French Cultural Center in Damascus. When he was 42, Tarek toured in the United States of America, performing along both local and foreign artists.

In 2005, he was asked to play for the Syrian Swiss Jazz Orchestra by the Higher Institution of Art in Damascus. Tarek performed with the orchestra for four years, with concerts in Syria, Austria, and Germany.

In all these years, Tarek Fahham has played in countries all over the world like USA, France, Germany, Austria, England, Australia, Greece, The United Arab Emirates, Cuba, Venzuela, Tunis, Algeria, Morocco and Egypt, among many others. He has performed or recorded with artists like Ziad Al-Rahbani, Nour Mhanna, Ragheb Alama, Asala, Chab Khaled, Rami Sabri, Fula Al-Jaza’iriyah, Lina Chamamian, Ryan, Amadeus Dunkle, Lyle Link and many more.