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.

Biography

Career

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.[1]

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."[2] Around this time Fahrner also discovered the music of jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt.[3]

Nachman's career as lead-guitarist took off when joining the "Roadrunners"[4][5] 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.[1][6][7] 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.[8] 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".[9]

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.[9][10]

Since then, Fahrner has been teaching guitar and performing in Israel[11] and Europe.[12] Nachman was the founder and leader of the "Jerusalem Swing Jam".[8] He also started writing songs with an emphasis on spiritual themes,[9] in particular the teachings of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov.[13]

2012 saw the release of his album "Azamra", a collection of original songs, as well as "Early Recordings", volumes one and two.[14]

Discography

  • Minor Swing (1991)
  • Azamra (2012)
  • Early Recordings vol.1 - Rockabilly (2012)
  • Early Recordings vol.2 - Jazz (in memory of Patrick Saussois) (2012)