Brandon Terzic

Multi-instrumentalist composer


Brandon Terzic Xalam Project


World Jazz with some of NYC's finest.

recorded in 2011

Brandon Terzic    Oud, Ngoni

Matt Darriau      Saxophone, clarinet, Kavel

John Shannon      Guitar

Matt Kilmer       Percussion

Rich Stein        Percussion

Shane Shanahan    Percussion


Western Skies-Eastern Dreams

Brandon Terzic   Oud

Ravi Padmanabha   Tabla

" a thrilling collection of improvisation-based pieces long on virtuosity, near telepathic musical interplay and the rhythmic and/melodic aspects of India, Africa and the Middle East as interpreted through a western ethos...The Music is transcendent and transportive.....Brave, exciting and often beautiful "

Jeff Miers
The Buffalo News


Alsarah and the Nubatones

Album I worked on with the East African Retro pop Diva Alsarah. Released on Wonderwheel recordings in 2017

The Nubatones are:
Alsarah: Lead Vocals, Lyrics, Melodies
Rami El Aasser: Percussion, Backing Vocals
Brandon Terzic: Oud, Ngoni
Mawuena Kodjovi: Bass, Trumpet
Nahid: Backing Vocals


Live album from Zomer Jazz Festival Holland 2014


Brandon Terzic: Oud

Matt Darriau: Saxophone, Kaval

Matt Kilmer: Percussion

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Brandon Terzic....is both original and solidly locked in the tradition at the same time; not an easy juggling act, but one he pulls off with aplomb and grace.” - Thomas R. Erdmann Jazz Review

Multi-instrumentalist Brandon Terzic has performed with everyone from Jazz legend Henry Threadgill to the rising Sudanese star Alsarah, covering a large musical terrain both as a sideman and as a leader. Born in Akron, Ohio in 1976, Terzic took to the guitar early, absorbing the blues repertoire before traveling internationally and settling in NYC, where he studied Jazz privately with some of NYC’s finest guitarists including David “Fuze” Fiuczynski, Mordy Ferber, and Lionel Loueke.

After multiple trips to the Middle East and North Africa, his focus shifted towards the modalities and rhythms of Arabic Oud and the Malian Ngoni. His studies with the Griot musicians of Senegal and the Gnawa of Morocco inspired a very unique approach on all his instruments, giving him great flexibility in his approach on instruments that are firmly entrenched in tradition.

He has performed internationally at prestigious festivals such as WOMAD, Glastenbury,Roskilde, and many others all over the EU and Africa. He has also taught extensively, both privately and conducting workshops at various schools and institutions such as the Asia Society in NYC, Duke University, Johnson State College, Baltimore Arts council, UCLA, USC, and multiple Public schools in the NYC metropolitan Area. He has released two albums of his own, the iconoclastic Xalam Project, and a duo album with master percussionist Ravi Padmanabha “Western skies Eastern Dreams”