Guitarist/composer, Mamdouh Bahri was born in Sfax (Tunisia) and came to Montpellier, in the south of France, at the age of 25. He grew up listening to the traditional music of Tunisia, where he absorbed the Eastern strains into his music and started playing Derbouka (hand drum percussion). As a teenager, he listened to Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton and B.B. King. When he got his first guitar at eighteen, he started emulating their sounds and performing with local bands, adding his own personal flair to the popular songs of the seventies. When he heard George Benson's "Weekend in L.A.", he got interested in jazz and started listening to the work of Benson, Wes Montgomery, and Joe Pass, and later to Pat Martino, which sparked a lifelong love of jazz. In 1982, he moved to Montpellier and was recruited by JAM (Jazz Action Montpellier) to teach music, and played a key role in the development of the organization until 1991. He became a very active musician and has kept an open musical mind, listening to more jazz (Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis) and learning to play straight-ahead jazz. His first recording "Song for Sarah", recorded in 1987, was post-bop funk-oriented. In 1988, Mamdouh Bahri came up with a unique way of propelling his Mediterranean heritage mixed with the jazz and Blues. From 1989 to 1993, he formed a quartet with the pianist Horace Parlan that also included Italian bassist Riccardo Del Fra and drummer Idris Muhammad from New Orleans. In 1991, they recorded live in Carthage, the CD "From Tunisia with Love". In 1991, he moved to New York City and joined the collective "The Spirit of Life Ensemble" led by Daoud Williams, and performed with Talib Kibwe, Ted Curson, Michael Cochrane, and Winard Harper, among others. He recorded seven albums with them, using his distinctive playing and compositional skills to bring freshness to the sound of the collective. In 1993, he released his third album "Nefta". The original tunes were influenced by a variety of musical traditions including Middle Eastern, Jazz and North African music. In 1998, he continued with an acoustic album "African Flame" in trio (guitar, percussion & bass), exploring and growing his music, transcending cultural, genre and language barriers. Now he is taking all these diverse influences and styles and mixing them with jazz all over again.
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