As a trained anthropologist, he has studied with master musicians from Morocco, Algeria, Egypt, Iran and Turkey which led him to become accomplished on several traditional stringed and percussion instruments of the Middle East. These instruments figure prominently in his composition and production work as well as inform his sensibility about cultural relativism and issues of appropriation.
His work has been released on several record labels including Universal, EMI, Six Degrees, Hearts Of Space, TRILOKA and City of Tribes. He has performed at festivals and concerts in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Hawaii, Istanbul, Edinburgh, London, and Mexico.
SoukSonik is Jef’s first completed project as a solo artist, which truly showcases his individualistic identity as a musician and producer. By focusing on his production, Jef was able to be more experimental and freeform without following a particular structure.
The word “souk” refers to the marketplace in Arabic. SoukSonik is Jef’s audio marketplace, offering a combination of textured bittersweet melodies and driving infectious rhythms. Jef resides in San Francisco where he also runs his own label Embarka Records.