Born and raised in London, guitarist Tal Janes (1990) spent his teens learning to play music with his siblings. Through imitating bands from his parents record collection and performing locally, music quickly became a part of everyday life and a means of expression. Having recorded 3 albums of original music with a band formed in high school by the age of 17, with no formal lessons, Tal was introduced to Jazz and went on to study a BA at Middlesex University, followed by a Masters at London’s prestigious Royal Academy of Music. These years laid the foundations for his career, making longstanding friendships and connections.
As part of a generation who are proving difficult to pigeon-hole, Tal has established a voice which embodies his passion for the likes of John Coltrane, Jimi Hendrix, Bata music, Jewish folk music, Radiohead, John Martyn and many others. Known for his mature sensibilities and the ability to step outside the traditional role of the guitar, he is an in demand musician and is a member of multiple bands across London who are creating cross-over music with roots in Jazz and improvisation. As a side man, he has appeared on BBCs Later with Jools Holland with Zara Mcfarlane, toured internationally and recorded with Jordan Rakei, toured with Nubiyan Twist, performed a sold out show celebrating the music of Malian guitarist ‘Ali Farka Toure’ at the Jazz Cafe, toured with award winning Cameroonian singer Coco Mbassi, recorded and toured with Maria Chiara Argiro Group, Waaju, Phaze Theory, Amira Kheir, Serge Ngando Group and has performed with Heidi Vogel, Maisha, SEED Ensemble, Afla Sackey, Cherise Adams Burnett and many others. As well as performing, Tal teaches music and has guest lectured at Leeds College of Music.
Having met Venezuelan pianist Joseph Costi whilst studying, the pair established a strong bond over their Jewish heritage and began to research and absorb Jewish folk music from Russia, Yemen, Morocco, Spain and beyond. ‘Bahla’ was formed to play their compositions and had their first outing at BBC Proms Lates in 2015. As a bookend to their research, they recorded their debut album ‘Imprints’ which was first performed to a sell out show at the London Jazz Festival in 2016. Self-released in December 2017, alongside a 7” single release on Gearbox Records, the group has toured the UK and have had sessions, interviews and air time on BBC, Jazz FM & Resonance FM, ’A truly unique and beautiful record’ - Line of Best Fit.
Now at 29 years old with a bright future ahead, Tal continually pushes to create honest and forward thinking music and has become a backbone within the thriving community of London’s music scene.