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.
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.
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." Around this time Fahrner also discovered the music of jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt.
Nachman's career as lead-guitarist took off when joining the "Roadrunners" 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. 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. 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".
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.
Since then, Fahrner has been teaching guitar and performing in Israel and Europe. Nachman was the founder and leader of the "Jerusalem Swing Jam". He also started writing songs with an emphasis on spiritual themes, in particular the teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov.
2012 saw the release of his album "Azamra", a collection of original songs, as well as "Early Recordings", volumes one and two.
Minor Swing (1991)
Early Recordings vol.1 - Rockabilly (2012)
Early Recordings vol.2 - Jazz (in memory of Patrick Saussois) (2012)
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