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 NACHMAN FAHRNER

Singer/Guitarist/Songwriter/Producer

www.fahrnermusic.com

www.elvisinthefield.com

currently living in Givat Hamivtar, Israel

Nachman Fahrner (born September 21, 1972) is a contemporary religious Jewish musician in Israel. He is a convert to Judaism. Fahrner's main influences are Elvis Presley, Django Reinhardt, forties and fifties blues, R&B and rockabilly. He received encouragement from Luther Allison and was a long-time friend of French Jazz-guitarist Patrick Saussois. Both his musical styles and songwriting distinguish him from other religious musicians who often combine traditional Jewish music with folk/rock elements and choose their lyrics from verses from the Torah.


Career

Fahrner started singing and playing rhythm-guitar as a child after discovering Elvis Presley through his parents' record collection. He soon performed at school-events and private parties.[1]

At age eleven he began teaching himself lead-guitar by playing along with records of Memphis Slim, Elvis Presley and Luther Allison. An encounter with Allison left a profound impression on a young teenage Nachman. While shaking hands, Luther looked at their black and white hands and said: "Black and white - that is what Rock and Roll is all about."[2] Around this time Fahrner also discovered the music of jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt.[3]

Nachman's career as lead-guitarist took off when joining the "Roadrunners"[4][5] in 1988, then one of the only rockabilly bands with a female lead singer. In 1990 Nachman moved to Paris, France, and was hired by the teddy boy/rockabilly band "Jim and the Beams". The band toured the European continent, performing primarily for biker and rocker audiences.[6][7][8] Fahrner also became part of the Parisian gypsy-jazz scene through family-friends Jean-Yves Dubanton and Patrick Saussois, incorporating this style into his guitar-playing.[9] By the mid-Nineties he was in demand as guest-player, playing with acts such as rockabilly icon Claudia Colonna and French rockers "Hotel Du Nord".[10]

In 1999 Nachman, a descendent of Turkish Jews, declined an offer to join Patrick Saussois' band in order to travel to Israel and convert to orthodox Judaism.[11][12]

Since then, Fahrner has been teaching guitar and performing in Israel[13] and Europe.[14] Nachman was the founder and leader of the "Jerusalem Swing Jam".[15] He also started writing songs with an emphasis on spiritual themes,[16] in particular the teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov.[17]

2012 saw the release of his album "Azamra", a collection of original songs, as well as "Early Recordings", volumes one and two.[18]

Discography

Minor Swing (1991)

Azamra (2012)

Early Recordings vol.1 - Rockabilly (2012)

Early Recordings vol.2 - Jazz (in memory of Patrick Saussois) (2012)

References

1.^ "Rockabilly Europe". http://www.rockabillyeurope.com/?artists/rickynachmanfahrner.htm.

2.^ "Memphis Flash fanzine interview 20.09.2012, retrieved from fahrnermusic.com". http://www.fahrnermusic.com/Biomusicians.html.

3.^ "ibid.". http://www.fahrnermusic.com/BioBeginning.html.

4.^ "Archiv Oesterreichicher Popularmusik". http://www.sra.at/band/28256.

5.^ Falter (29/09): 53. 2009.

6.^ "Rockabilly Europe". http://www.rockabillyeurope.com/?artists/rickynachmanfahrner.htm.

7.^ "Jim and the Beams play Johnny Hallyday's club". http://www.myspace.com/jimandthebeamsfrance/photos/albums/album/646218#mssrc=SitesPhotos_SP_AlbumTitle_ViewAlbum.

8.^ "concerts/flyers list (incomplete)". http://www.myspace.com/jimandthebeamsfrance/photos/albums/flyers/655997#mssrc=SitesPhotos_SP_AlbumCover_ViewAlbum.

9.^ "rockabilly.nl - bio". http://www.rockabilly.nl/artists/rickynachmanfahrner.htm.

10.^ "Memphis Flash fanzine ibid.". http://www.fahrnermusic.com/biocareer.html.

11.^ "Tennessee Jukebox Band, bio". http://www.morahleahmusic.com/tnjukebox/band.html.

12.^ "Memphis Flash fanzine ibid.". http://www.fahrnermusic.com/biocareer.html.

13.^ "Buddy Holly Memorial concert in Tekoa". (Tekoiton) תקעיתון. February 2009.

14.^ "Rockabilly Reunion 2010". http://www.nme.com/nme-video/youtube/id/opcCI_P5Ghw.

15.^ "rockabilly.nl - bio". http://www.rockabilly.nl/artists/rickynachmanfahrner.htm.

16.^ "Memphis Flash fanzine ibid.". http://www.fahrnermusic.com/biocareer.html.

17.^ ""Breslev Presley"". Breslev.co.il. http://www.breslev.co.il/articles/judaism/jewish_culture/breslev_presley.aspx?id=23371&language=english.

18.^ "official press release". http://www.prlog.org/12025736-sounds-like-elvis-meditating-in-the-fields.html.

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