Tarek Yamani is an American-Lebanese New York-based composer and a self-taught jazz pianist dedicated to exploring relationships between African-American Jazz and Arabic rhythms/maqams. He is the recipient of awards such as the Givanas Foundation Grant, Huygens Scholarship, Andrea Elkenbracht Award, Prins Bernhard Culture Fund, Thelonious Monk Composers Competition Prize, Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Residency, New Dutch Composition Contest, and Composer's Platform Commission by the Abu Dhabi Festival.
Tarek has performed in prestigious venues such as the Smithsonian Institute, MuCEM Museum (Marseille), the United Nations Assembly Hall, Gran Teatro de la Habana (Cuba), New York University (Abu Dhabi Festival), Dar Al Athar Al Islamiyyah (Kuwait), The Blue Whale (Los Angeles), Detroit Institute of Arts, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (Alexandria), and the Ennejma Ezzahra (Tunis.) Tarek has played as a leader or sideman in New York's several renowned jazz clubs. Tarek co-wrote a feature film with Darine Hotait entitled Decoding Bach, selected by the New York Foundation for the Arts for their fiscal sponsorship program. Tarek has recently self-published an eBook entitled Duple vs Triple: A Melodic Approach to Mastering Polyrhythms in Jazz and other Groove-Based Music in 56 Steps.