Acoustic guitarist Maneli Jamal has lived in five different countries (Iran, Belarus, Germany, USA, Canada) and moved twenty times by the time he was 18. The young artist gained a sense of musical maturity rarely seen among his peers especially when he transforms his nomadic life experiences into musical movements using extended guitar techniques. There aren't many players in his style that have Jamal's balance of power and sensitivity, nor his breadth of ideas. His rhythmic concepts can be alternately short and dense, or explored carefully through several movements and real life stories. This becomes evident with having won countless music competitions around the world including most recently placing 1st at Canada's Soundclash Music Awards. Having been brought up in a purely artistic and musical family has contributed to shape his unique and comical story telling approach in live settings. He has already performed in 5 continents and 12 countries as a solo performer, has a signature model acoustic guitar named after him and was on the front cover of 2015 Toronto magazine (500,000 copies distributed worldwide). The world is his home and he plays from one end to the other.
1st place - 2014 Harbourfront Centre's Soundclash Music Awards (Canada)
2nd place - 2014 Lee Ritenour’s Six String Theory Competition - Acoustic Guitar Category
1st place - 2013 Best Guitarist Award for Indie Week Festival (Canada)
1st place - 2013 Beaches International Jazz Festival Hennessy Contest (Canada)
1st place - 2012 “Awakening” Best Recording AES Convention by Pouya Hamidi (worldwide)
1st place - 2012 Winterfolk Festival Auditions (Canada)
1st place - 2011 Winterfolk Festival Auditions (Canada)
3rd place - 2011 Guitar Idol III held in London, UK (worldwide)
1st place - 2010 Taylor Acoustic Guitars Showdown (worldwide)
1st place - 2009 Faith Acoustic Guitars Competition (worldwide)
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