Kinematik – Murur Al-Kiram
LP & Digital Release by Ruptured / Beacon Sound, 28 February 2020
“Murur Al-Kiram”, the new album by Lebanese post-rock ensemble Kinematik, uses electronics, intricate double-drumming, guitar and bass to construct ambient soundscapes and hypnotic, propulsive rhythms – conjuring the ghosts of a diminishing future, as well as an unresolved past. Subtle in both angst and joy, “Murur Al-Kiram” celebrates small victories in the face of great defeats.
Recorded by Fadi Tabbal at Tunefork Studios, Beirut, with assistance from Marwan Tohme.
Photography by Joe Saade.
Ziad Nawfal spoke to Alejandro Cohen at dublab Radio about alternative music in Beirut, and his 15-year experience as promoter, producer and label owner in Lebanon’s alternative music scene.
Click on the image above for the full interview, and make sure to check out the rest here, including writers Maan Abutaleb and Maha ElNabawi, musicians Adham Zidan and Zuli, and a host of others.
IN MY HEART’S EYE: THE LOVE PROJECT
A performance by Zoukak Theatre Company
14, 15, 16 and 20, 21, 22 February, 8:30pm at Zoukak Studio, Beirut, Karantina
“The Love Project” studies a succession of ephemeral moments that have defined people’s various journeys. The performance involves the audience in a series of tableaux that encapsulate various love encounters; playing with the mechanisms of attraction, infatuation, daydreaming, and loss, as a process of endless re-enactments and a way to see the world through the Other.
Directed by: Maya Zbib
Performers: Lamia Abi Azar, Louloua Ghandour, Junaid Sarieddine, Nasri Sayegh and Maya Zbib
Scenographer: Nathalie Harb
Assistant director: Line Itani
Music selected and played by Ziad Nawfal — all tracks taken from the Ruptured Records catalog, 2012-2019
Light designer and technical director: Nadim Deaibes
Technical team: Bahaa Baddour, Nourhan Fakhoury, Salim Bou Ayash, Jean Kisswany, Fadi Ajlan
Sound engineer: George Abou Zeid
Stage managers: Line Itani, Sari Shrayteh and Marianne Kortbani
Graphic designer: Maya Chami
Communication officer: Marianne Kortbani
English translation: Rayya Badran and Ziad Nawfal
Production manager: Mohamad Hamdan and Nancy Nasreddine
07.11 Enschede, Tanksation
08.11 Den Haag, Villa K
09.11 Hoorn, Uptown Records (afternoon)
10.11 Utrecht, Le Mini Who (afternoon)
11.11 Maastricht, Kaleido
13.11 Antwerp (BE), Cfou
14.11 Den Helder, de Bliksem
15.11 Amsterdam, de Peper (OT301 20th Anniversary)
16.11 Haarlem, The Irrational Library HQ (afternoon)
16.11 Breda, Het Hijgend Hert
New music video by Interbellum!
“Ready to Dissolve” is the new single off Interbellum’s sophomore album Dead Pets, Old Griefs, released by Ruptured in October 2018.
Filmmaker Camille Cabbabé and the two leads snuck into the dilapidated Grand Theatre in Beirut on a sun-streaked April day – watch the haunting result below.
The album can be purchased via Bandcamp here.