A Night of Moroccan & Malian Music with Brandon Terzic & Nacho Arimany


A night of Moroccan & Malian music with Brandon Terzic & Nacho Arimany fuses North and West African as well as Middle Eastern modalities and rhythms to create a rich tapestry of sound.

On Saturday, May 28th, 8:30 pm, The Markaz is pleased to present touring multi-instrumentalist Brandon Terzic, a master on the oud as well as the Malian Djeli Ngoni and the Moroccan gimbri (native Gnawa bass, also known as the sintir), for a night of traditional Moroccan and Middle Eastern music, particularly in the North and West African traditions. His background in jazz and blues delivers a new voice and context for these instruments and their respective language. Terzic has worked with everyone from master composer Henry Threadgill to Sudanese pop Diva Alsarah and the Nubatones. He has performed in major festivals internationally. He'll performing with master world percussionist Nacho Arimany, and offering a workshop master class in advance of the evening's concert, from 6:30-7:45 pm.
At The Markaz, 5998 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90035, between La Cienega & Fairfax. Street parking.

Advance tickets are $18 for the concert and $15 for the music workshop, or $25 for both (limited space available, advance online reservations below are suggested).

Come for dinner available from 8 pm. Delicious affordable homestyle Moroccan catered dinner by our popular chef Bouchra Azizy, available separately: choice of mixed green baby salad, homemade hummus, feta cheese fatayer, spinach fatayer, Bastilla (Moroccan chicken pie with almonds and caramelized onions), chicken tagine with preserved lemon (served with couscous), or maakouda, Moroccan potatoes (vegetarian).

RSVP online below or call 323.413.2001.

This concert is sponsored in part by Spirit Quest Tours, leading a group on a tour of mystical Morocco, Oct. 17-27 2016, and in particular to the Sufi Festival of Fez.

Listen to music samples here or go to Soundcloud.

About the Music Workshop, 6:30-7:45 pm

Brandon Terzic and Nacho Arimany will be offering a workshop master class prior to the concert, lecturing and distilling the unique tonalities, rhythmic and improvisational concepts of North African and Middle Eastern Musics, Tying together the shared affinities between these different styles. For musicians of all levels, but non-musicians are welcome as well.

Topics covered:

Makam and microtonal theory (middle Eastern scales)
North/West African rhythmic approaches
Ornamentation and inflections of melodies
The Art of Taxsim (Middle Eastern improvisation)

About the Musicians

Brandon Terzic has studied music in Morocco and Senegal and traveled widely throughout Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Originally a blues guitarist inspired by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, he later took quickly to the oud and the gimbri in Morocco. He has performed with gnawa master Hassan Hakmoun and dozens of other top musicians in New York and Europe.

Nacho Arimany is more than a multi-instrumentalist with a special ear for world percussion, he’s a translator, and a channel for creating dialogue between different cultures. This dialogue is spoken through rhythm. Arimany says this language is universal and spoken by all of us. When he’s on stage, whether during his solo performances or when he’s joined by an improv jazz trio, Arimany is surrounded by his pallet of instruments. He sees them all as different colors that paint the picture of humanity. “I always play two instruments at a time, it is really rare that I’m only playing one instrument, so I’m putting in dialogue these instruments that come from different cultures,” he said. “So I really see myself like this bridge and translator between cultures, colors and rhythms.”


  • May 28, 2016 at 8:30pm – 10pm
  • The Markaz, 5998 W. Pico Blvd LA 90035
  • $15.00 USD
  • 12 people are going
  • Jordan Elgrably



Will you come?

$25.00 Special Workshop & Concert Combo Admission ($30 at the door)
$18.00 Concert Tickets, General Admission ($20 at the door)
$15.00 Music Workshop Admission ($18 at the door)

Be the first to comment

Please check your e-mail for a link to activate your account.