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Michael Annas Allaf, Guitar

Performed or Recorded With:

Brandy
Jessica Simpson
Will Smith
K-Ci & Jojo
Monica
Jennifer Paige
Dire Straits
Ce Ce Peniston
Deborah Cox
Gladys Knight
Jango
Steve Nieves
Love and Rockets
B4-4
Heavy D.
Tarkan
Michael Bolton
Boney James
Al Jarreau
Toto
Natalie Cole
The Temptations
Phil Collins
The Pointer Sisters
Patti LaBelle
Lou Rawls
Rickie Lee Jones
Earth Wind & Fire
Kirk Whalum
Brenda Russel
Jesse McCartney
Hilary Duff
Veronique Sanson
Marc Lavoine
The Charts (Calogero)
Rodney Jerkins
Keiko Matsui
No Secrets
Kitaro
Carles Benavent (Paco de Lucia)

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Michael Annas Allaf, Guitar

Michael Annas Allaf is a guitarist and a recording engineer in the Los Angeles area. Having been raised in Europe, he grew up influenced by many different styles of music (which would influence his musicanship in later years). He moved to Los Angeles in 1990 and immediately began working as a staff engineer at Pacifique Studios in North Hollywood (recently rated by Mix magazine as one of the top 5 recording studios in Los Angeles). He worked on recording sessions with artists such as Toto, Natalie Cole ("Unforgettable"), Phil Collins, The Temptations, The Pointer Sisters, Patti LaBelle, Lou Rawls, Ricky Lee Jones, Earth Wind & Fire, Sam Riney, Kirk Whalum, Brenda Russel, Jesse McCartney, Hilary Duff, etc. Being fluent in French, he also got recruited to work on recording sessions by such renowned French recording artists as Veronique Sanson, Marc Lavoine and The Charts (Calogero).

Within a year of working on the Los Angeles studio circuit as an engineer, Michael started getting requests from some of the artists that he worked with, to play guitar on their records. Although he plays several styles (Pop, Rock, R&B, Country, etc), he quickly built a reputation in Los Angeles as a Flamenco / Nylon and steel string acoustic guitarist. On a sidenote, besides playing on pop releases, Michael also plays authentic Flamenco guitar (i.e. Bulerias, Soleares, Taranta, etc). Over the past 16 years, his guitar work has been featured on records by artists such as Will Smith, Brandy, Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Paige, Ce Ce Peniston, Deborah Cox, K-Ci & Jojo, Monica, Tarkan, Steve Nieves, Jango, Keiko Matsui, No Secrets, Kitaro, Heavy D., etc. He has also done some live performance work in the early 90's (as part of a Flamenco guitar trio), opening for Dire Straits on one of their world tours.

These days, Michael mostly works from his home studio. He is still doing guitar sessions for various producers and artists; as well as writing and producing songs for his own upcoming record release.

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