Brandon Terzic....is both original and solidly locked in the tradition at the same time; not an easy juggling act, but one he pulls off with aplomb and grace. - Thomas R. Erdmann Jazz Review http://www.jazzreview.com/cd/review-19346.html
Terzic combines the poise and dexterity of Hamza Al Din with a Western-inclusive attitude akin to Anouar Brahem, threading slivers of blues and funk into his more fevered string bending and sounding remarkably self-assured. -Derek Taylor Bagatellen
Primary Instrument: Oud
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
Brandon has been teaching music for the last 11 years in NYC. He teaches guitar, Oud, music theory, and songwriting. He himself has studied with guitar greats such as David Fiucznski, Lionel Loueke, and Mordy Ferber, as well as Arabic music with Bassam Saba and Simon Shaheen.
For beginners, the focus is on getting people inspired, focused and confident by teaching them to play and hopefully sing their favorite songs, and then using this as a vehicle to understanding the fundamentals of music: rhythm(timing), hearing (listening), and creativity. After the basic technique is solidified, students are encouraged to begin to write and compose music and/or lyrics of their own. Brandon has had tremendous results while doing this with students of all ages. he has had young students that have auditioned and been accepted at progressive creative arts schools like LaGaurdia, and that have recorded and written their own material. By emphasizing the voice and composition, students really get a more inspired and well rounded musical experience, and most importantly, they have more fun!
For the intermediate/advanced student, chord-scale theory and fret board logic is used to expand on the skills that the student has already developed, and to have as many different approaches to interact with music creatively. Melodic development and phraseology are emphasized for the improvising musician, and most importantly a firm commitment to having strong time and rhythmic sensibilities are emphasized.
Brandon also brings in the world music stylings to the guitar, using flamenco right hand techniques, African rhythmic and melodic ornamentations, and slurs and inflections of the Mid-East and east asian string traditions.
Xalam Project conducts workshops and master classes for all ages and for musicians and non musicians alike. Classes for children will focus on introducing students to the Instruments, showing them how the tonalities imitate sounds in nature, music as communication (West African Djembe tradition) using call and response techniques and some basic rhythmic exercises which they will be asked to participate in.
For under grad and post graduate students, there is a plethora of topics that can be covered as outline below:
• Middle Eastern Makam theory (Scales and intonation)
• Music History and migration (Specifically the West African and Arabic influence on American Roots music)
• Understanding and demonstration of odd time signatures
• Taxsim (improvisational architecture of the middle east)
• Spiritual implications and relation of musical styles to architecture and ceremony
• Applying Ethnic traditions to composition.
For musicans, the Band members will demonstrate and share the sources of their inspiration and dedication, showing students the fundamental aspects of making music. How to listen and interact, how to “breath” musically, and how to find your own voice and develop your own style.
Endorsed by Godin Guitars