Born: August 27, 1976 Primary Instrument: Oud
Brandon Terzic was born in Akron, Ohio in 1976. His musical journey commenced at the age of eight, when his father played him the recordings of Jimi Hendrix. Although he wouldn’t begin playing until he was fifteen, his passion and interest was already kindled and sparked.
After immersing himself into a total study of Blues music, and playing a handful of gigs with his first band, Terzic abrubtly quit playing at the age of 19, sold all his guitars, and flew to Europe. This began a life long obsession of traveling solo and seeking inspiration and knowledge from being alone on foreign shores. When he returned he settled in New York City taking a day job in the booming Internet industry. At this time he began to take his firsy serious Guitar lessons, Studying with Mordy Ferber, and David Fiucznski. After almost 3 years of working 9-5, Brandon again abruptly quit his lucrative day job And flew to Israel, traveling onward to Egypt and Cyprus. It was during this trip that he began playing Oud in the old city of Jeruselum, making enough in tips for his daily bread, and getting enough inspiration from the people and the experience that he decided that he had to be a performing musician.
On his return to NYC, Brandon tried to get a day job again but failed miserably. Running out of time and money he had no choice but to begin playing in the Subway system, and from that point onward he began his career in music. Since then he has performed in the states and Internationally, traveled to Morocco and Senegal studying music, and playing with many incredible Musicians, amongst them Tomchess, Matt Kilmer, Matt Darriau, Rufus Cappodocia, Shane Shanahan, Luke Notary, Hassan Houkmoun, Peter Slavov, John Shannon, Gilad Dobrecky, Mal Stein, George Stathos, Sylvain Leroix, Tom Rossi, Max ZT and many many more. He currently teaches and performs in NYC, and his Debut Album is due June 1rst 2011, with his new band Xalam Project.
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 http://www.bagatellen.com/archives/reviews/001773.html
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.