I’m Tarik Bentlemsani, Guitarist, Instructor, Composer based in Olympia, WA. I have been a professional guitarist since 2010. I was very fortunate to be able to study at Central Washington University, pursuing Jazz studies with Chris Bruya, and classical Guitar with James Durkee. I have always been interested in and play many styles of music, Funk, Folk, Rock, Jazz, Classical, and World musics to name a few.
My current projects include The Brown Edition – an 8 piece Funk band, Podunk Funk – a progressive acoustic string band, Climate Change – an Afro Carribean ensemble, Oly Jam Quartet- An instrumental jazz combo, Tarik and Lizzy duo – performing swing era standards, and I perform regularly as a soloist doing jazz, classical and original compositions. I have toured down the west coast and to the Midwest.
As a teacher I have done clinics and workshops at high schools, middle schools, and colleges In Washington State. Topics include playing in a group, jazz improvisation, music theory and guitar technique. I also give in person private lessons in Olympia Washington, or online (via skype or google plus).