Tariq Akoni

Tariq Akoni

Early years

Tariqh grew up in Santa Barbara in a home filled with music from a diversity of genres, from Carlos Santana to Mac Davis to Sly and the Family Stone. His father was a college educator and his mother was a counselor.

Berklee College of Music

Following high school, Tariqh studied contemporary classical composition at the University of California at San Diego. But his guitar passion beckoned and he made the move to Boston to attend the famous Berklee School of Music. One highlight of this experience was his private study with jazz tenor saxophonist Jerry Bregonzi and jazz guitarist Rick Peckham..

Complementing his class study was Tariqh’s focused daily practicing and, importantly, his nightly playing in the clubs of Boston where he was exposed to musical genres as diverse as blues, jazz and rock. Tariqh considers this latter to be where he found his musical voice. It was from his experiences with jazz saxophonist Walter Beasley and eminent sessions jazz saxophonist Gerald Albright that he found encouragement to pursue his musical career in Los Angeles.

Career

Tariqh assembled an extensive and eclectic resume, working with artists ranging from jazz legends George Duke and Tom Scott, to R&B icons Chaka Kahn and Whitney Houston, to pop sensation Backstreet Boys. Tariqh has toured nationally and internationally, most recently as the Musical Director and Conductor for Josh Groban.