Ayman In The Press
"A new name is added to the list of Tunisian artists who bring honor to our country" Baya.tn Tunisian online news
"A new name is added to the list of Tunisian artists who bring honor to our country" Baya.tn Tunisian online news
Friend of Mine — Un Tunisien aux American Music Awards avec son single «Friend of Mine»
Un nouveau nom s’ajoute à la liste des artistes tunisiens qui font honneur à notre pays, c’est celui d’Ayman Tartir. Un jeune artiste tunisio-américain, passionné de musique, de chant et de composition dans le style World Fusion. Un genre qui le présente à merveille, un Tunisien de sang africain, amazigh arabo-musulman mais aussi de culture et de vécu américains…
Un talent qui a été acclamé par la critique comme étant «doué… incroyablement talentueux dans sa fusion instrumentale de culture et de son». «La composition a toujours été un moyen d’exprimer ma passion, mes émotions… Ma musique dépasse les frontières de la culture, de la langue… et de la politique» pour toucher l’humanité de chacun d’entre nous.
Dernièrement, samedi 22 novembre, Ayman Tartir a lancé son dernier single « Friend of Mine » aux American Music Awards. Un événement où se côtoient les stars mondiales, comme Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Carlos Santana, Stevy Wonder, Beyonce,Jazy…
A cette occasion, Ayman a offert une performance riche en émotion et en passion avec des paroles puissantes et riches en sensation.
Reproduced in original language. Published November 24, 2015 on Baya.tn
Embers of Time — Ayman's 'Embers of Time' a triumph of world fusion
By André Gallant
Let’s be quite honest and note that Athens might not be the prime launch pad for a career in world music. That is unless the world we’re talking about is the bedroom of a lonely teenage songwriter, a bunch of frat boys trying to sound like a cowboy boot-stomping pseudo rodeo.
Yet a young sophomore from the University of Georgia has done just this.
Ayman, a Tunisian-American, launched his career on a lark while visiting Tunisia in 2009, when a chance encounter and performance with internationally recognized flautists at a music festival in Carthage gave the young composer a glimpse at what his artistic career could entail.
The performance earned Ayman a spot on Tunisian TV, and he returned to the U.S. encouraged and planning to focus on composition. Since that serendipitous meeting in Tunisia, Ayman Tartir, who graduated from Athens Academy, has written and performed his own work backed by the academy’s student orchestra.
He now fronts an 11-piece group and has produced his first full-length record, “Embers of Time” recorded at Chase Park Transduction.
Ayman’s focus as a composer and musician is a fusion of cultures and of genres. What you’ll find on “Embers of Time” is what is loosely described as world music, sure, but it’s not distinctly Tunisian nor is it too wrapped up in new age. Ayman gives his North African heritage respect on the album, and it’s at times epic like a saga of Middle Earth played out north of the Sahara.
But a tune like “Tomorrow Morning” is a pop song meant to introduce a 1970s American sitcom, a world away from the Africa-tinged moods of the album’s other tracks.
As “Embers of Time” clearly shows, Ayman is young composer possessing gifts of infinite potentialities that will surely draw him beyond our borders again soon.
Originally published in the Athens Banner Herald on Thursday, April 18, 2013. By André Gallant, Staff
Ayman creates world music locally
By Sarah Anne Perry
The Classic City isn't known for world music.
It took one Athens native a trip abroad and a hotel happenstance to discover his performance potential.
When Ayman Tartir was a junior at Athens Academy, he met internationally-renowned flutist Pedro Eustache during breakfast at a Tunisian hotel. After playing one of his own compositions at the hotel lobby piano, the 15-year-old found himself performing in an international music festival at the Roman Theatre in Carthage.
“I didn’t even consider myself to be a composer before then. I didn’t think of it as a career,” Ayman said. “That really did change my perspective on music and made me realize that there could actually be an audience for my songs and that my sounds could be appreciated.”
Ayman’s 2009 trip to Tunisia was one of many to his parents’ homeland. The musician credits his experiences abroad for his attraction to world fusion music and his ability to cross cultural divides in composition.
“My parents came from Tunisia, and I was born here,” he said. “Just naturally in that, there’s a fusion of cultures from the Middle East, North Africa and the U.S. But then on top of that, I’ve just been influenced by many different cultures and had the opportunity to travel a good bit. And so I certainly like to bridge different cultures in a way that speaks to people of all backgrounds.”
Ayman’s audience at The Melting Point Wednesday will be much smaller than the crowd in Carthage, but he said he hopes to replicate the energy of that performance.
“Obviously, very little can compare in terms of experience to playing in front of 12,000 people,” he said. “But that being said, it’s all up to the reactions of the audience. Certainly, it is a different experience, but that being said, I feel like it’ll be an equally fulfilling and enriching concert just because of how we’ll be able to move the audience.”
The composer writes not for a listener, but for a release.
“It’s almost just an outlet, an emotional outlet,” he said. “Even recently, within the last five years, I’ve thought of it as more of an outlet than perhaps a pursuit. Even as I hone the skills, I consider it to be a very comfortable thing to do where you can sit down at the piano and basically meditate, and what comes from that becomes the music.”
The release party for his March debut, “Embers of Time,” was a standing-room-only affair in the Rialto Room at Hotel Indigo, Ayman said. He expects it to appeal to every listener.
“With the style, there’s a song for everybody on this album,” he said. “It sweeps very wide because of the inspirations that are brought in. I’m very interested to see, as people get the album, which songs are drawing them and what styles are speaking to them.”
Ayman recorded the release as a solo effort at Chase Park Transduction. But for live performances, he has enlisted 11 musicians from Athens Academy, Clarke Central High School and the University of Georgia to create an orchestra full of young talent.
A UGA student himself, Ayman opted not to study music composition, instead pursuing an education as diverse as his sound. The second-year economics major is minoring in Spanish and Chinese. Still, the composer is conscious of a potential performance career.
“Economics, I feel, is something I should study regardless of what I do, just because it’s good to understand the way markets work and things like that,” he said. “But that being said, the future is always up in the air. I’m going to follow music with all of my heart, but at the same time, I would like to keep other options open. I’m going to let the winds really take me wherever they lead me.”
Originally published in The Red & Black on April 22, 2013. By Sarah Anne Perry.
Beginnings — Academy student plays with famous flautist
By Erin Rossiter
Ayman Tartir gave a slight smile when the word "serendipity" was spoken.
How else would you describe sitting down to breakfast at a Tunisian hotel one minute, and then in the next, performing a song you wrote before a world-famous flautist? That's what happened this summer to Tartir, a 15-year-old Athens Academy junior. His chance meeting with Pedro Eustache, a famous flute player and composer, resulted in performing before 12,000 people at an international music festival.
Yet, when replaying the unlikely series of events, Tartir expressed little personal surprise at all.
His trip to Tunisia had begun as routine as any. His family is from the North African country and they visit on a regular basis. Striking up breakfast conversation with guests a table or two over is not so unusual, either. The coincidence this time was a common bond between the visitors - music.
Tartir studies piano; plays the saxophone and violin; and composes, too. One of the hotel guests he met was Eustache.
Reviewed as gifted on his instrument, the Venezuelan has contributed to Grammy-award winning concerts as well as movie soundtracks including Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" and Steven Spielberg's film "Munich." Eustache was in Hammamet the day he met Tartir for a concert. The 45-year-old Carthage International Festival enlivens cultural stages throughout Tunisia every summer. Eustache would be performing several dates at this year's festival.
But first, he agreed to listen as Tartir sat behind the nearby piano and played one of his original works.
"Until that point (at the hotel) I'd been forbidden to play that piano in the reception area," Tartir said, with a smile. "Now, because I was surrounded by these people, they let me do it."
Titled "Joyful Reunion - The New Beginning," the song's sound raised Eustache's skin into goose bumps. He asked Tartir to keep playing, even after he finished. The student didn't know why at the time, but he did as told and transitioned into Frederic Chopin. Eustache, known for how he pours his emotions into concerts, told Tartir in an excited way, "You're going to play with us." Tartir, who conversely measures his conversation with reserve and calm, answered: "OK."
Their performance together took place a month later as part of the festival's finale in Carthage. Before taking the stage Aug. 17, Tartir joined three rehearsals with Eustache and lute player Riadh Fehri. They became learning sessions, with the professionals picking the student's brain so they could understand his arrangement and then blend their instruments with it.
"The first time we met was very organic. I brought the (music) ... they were listening over and over and over, and asking, 'What do you mean by this? ... What was your intention of this series of notes here?' " Tartir said. Although he never would've imagined a "lute" fitting into the score, they "somehow made it work," he added. "Now, I am thinking a lot about arrangements."
When Tartir wrote the song in 2008, he recognized it as being different in style than his other sad-sounding creations. Perhaps taking a cue from his uplifting composition, Eustache and Fehri pulled Tartir into their introductory bow.
He'd performed on the streets of New York and Tunisia and played music before the impromptu dozens who stopped to listen. Now, the teenager faced more than 10,000 people applauding from their seats in a historic outdoor amphitheater. Tartir bowed and thought, "How can I look collected here?" Playing sounded like a breeze by comparison. Tartir knew his music well and concentrated on keeping his pace just right for Eustache and Fehri who took center stage. "I had burped it since its baby days, since infancy," Tartir said, of his composition.
Reviews of the performance were glowing with Eustache, especially, garnering high praise from critics. The show was broadcast live on Arab TV and is posted on YouTube. Tartir was interviewed by media - another first.
The questions continued when he returned to Athens, where his fellow students had heard something big had happened to Tartir over the summer. His music instructor asked him to relay the story as well. "That's what we devoted the first lesson to," Tartir said.
Since their performance, the young musician has communicated with Eustache through Facebook.
Tartir also has seized a wellspring of creativity. Songs that once lingered with no clear end in sight, he completed right away. Several more compositions have percolated. He credits one serendipitous moment and the resulting series of musical memories he hopes to keep building upon.
"I hope to have more (moments like this). I don't want to stop here," Tartir said. "It was fun."
Originally published in the Athens Banner-Herald on Sunday, October 18, 2009. By Erin Rossiter — firstname.lastname@example.org