Solo fingerstyle guitarist Maneli Jamal joins Cole Clark family


April 2010

Maneli Jamal

Cole Clark Guitars North America is very happy to announce that the talented and world class solo fingerstyle guitarist Maneli Jamal is now a member of the Cole Clark family. Maneli plays a Cole Clark Fat Lady 2 Acoustic Cutaway (FL2AC), with a spruce top, Queensland maple sides and a Queensland maple/Tasmanian blackwood back.

Currently residing in Toronto, Ontario, Maneli is a young guitar virtuoso. At only 25 years old, he commands a high following of guitar enthusiasts from around the world. He is best known for his YouTube videos which have over 280,000 plays and he has over 6000 YouTube subscribers. Maneli recently placed 1st in the 2009 online Faith Guitar competition, he was a top 10 finalist in the 2009 Guitar Idol competition and placed 2nd in the Wide Open singer/songwriter competition 2007. He recently travelled to London, England to perform on a BBC Iranian broadcast.

His background and experience is unique and is summarized by Shehzaad Jiwani who writes for SignalMag.com as follows:

"Coming from a Persian heritage, born in Belarus and raised in Germany, Jamal moved to the States in his adolescence, immigrating to Minnesota before relocating to Austin, Texas until his late teens. At this time, his family was issued a deportation letter by the immigration office, and they were forced to claim refuge in Canada within thirty days of receiving the notice.
Taking literally only what they could fit in their hands, Jamal and his family arrived in Toronto after establishing their lives in Austin. It was at this time that Maneli got an acoustic guitar from his father, which has scarcely left his hands since."

Maneli is promoting his first release, The Zuir Movement, which has 14 original solo percussive style tracks. Maneli blends a variety of styles and genres into his music including classical, percussive, two tap, traditional Persian and flamenco. The track ‘Behazin Memorial’ was recorded with a Persian setar (sitar) in memory of his late Grandfather, Behazin.

Maneli will be playing at the Illuminaqua Festival, in Welland, Ontario on May 21st, 2010. The stage is floating on the Welland Canal, and the audience is situated in a Romanesque style stadium seating, right on the shore. Make sure you check it out if you live near the area.

Maneli’s story is tragic, poetic and inspiring. He transposes his emotions into his music and it comes across with texture and taste. This young man is full of promise and potential.

As the famous Persian poet Jala ad-Din Rumi once wrote: “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do.” Maneli does just this.

Maneli Myspace Link

Maneli YouTube Link

For more information please contact Brent Smiley at brent@coleclark-america.com