ALBANIAN . INSTITUTE
Guitarist & Composer
TAULANT MEHMETI is a Kosovo born Albanian guitarist, composer, and a natural improviser, drawing upon the rich Balkan rhythms and gypsy music he grew up hearing and playing. Along with his deep interest in jazz and Django Reinhardt, Charlie Parker and Wes Montgomery as major influences, his musical sensibility is equally informed by funk, rock, and world music genres. Taulant’s music weaves these bright strands into a shimmering tapestry of his own creation.
An active performer on the New York scene, Mehmeti has played, as a leader and a sideman, in venues including Blue Note, B.B.Kings and Iridium just to name a few.
Taulant’s performances have taken him to over 20 countries and varied settings, among them: TED Talks, Prishtina Jazz Festival and DokuFest in Kosovo; Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland, International Gypsy Romanian Festival Bucharest; Tirana Jazz Festival and Shkodra Summer Jazz, Albania; Concert Noble Brussels, Belgium; Contours of Contemporary Kosovo Istanbul, Turkey; and in New York: Stars of Tomorrow- Hudson River Park, Jazz in the Square and Ideas City Festival – New Museum. He has performed with artists such as Vic Juris (Dizzy Gilespie, Sarah Vaughan), Dave Glasser (Clark Terry), Luisito Quintero (Chick Corea) Danny Mixon (Betty Carter) and Linda Briceno (Arturo Sandoval).
Taulant Mehmeti recently graduated from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, holding the distinction for being the first jazz guitarist from Kosovo to graduate from the world-renowned School of Jazz at The New School.
About Albanian Institute
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