Ruptured News // LUMEN PROJECT // BEIRUT MOON

LUMEN PROJECT // BEIRUT MOON – SATURDAY 13th of MARCH 2021
A longform experience with sound and image

Lumen Project (Sweden) will present performances by artists in Beirut, Lebanon // with a sonic + visual response from Malmö, Sweden featuring:
Albin // Jad Atoui // Vincent Bahar // Yasmine El Baramawy // Liliane Chlela // Nadia Daou (Nãr) // Tony Elieh // Charbel Haber // Mathias Landæus // Nathan Larson // Aya Metwalli // Ziad Moukarzel // Sary Moussa // Jawad Nawfal // Julia Sabra // Anthony Sahyoun // Sharif Sehnaoui // Fadi Tabbal // Elyse Tabet //

FREE FOR ALL — DONATIONS ARE APPRECIATED and will be shared among the participating artists

Initiated and realized by Lumen Project, in collaboration with Ruptured and Tunefork
Producers: Ziad Nawfal, Lina Enqvist, Maria Lyth, Erik Sandberg and Nathan Larson
Graphic design by Caroline Igel
Photography by Lujain Jo and Erik Sandberg
Editing by Erik Sandberg and Nathan Larson
With support from Musikverket

Ruptured Album Release // THE DRONE SESSIONS Vol. 1 – Live at Tunefork Studios

NEW FROM RUPTURED ON MARCH 19th.

The Drone Sessions vol. 1 – Live at Tunefork Studios
In partnership with Nathan Larson and Lumen Project (Stockholm)


Featuring brand new music from Fadi Tabbal & Julia SabraAnthony Sahyoun & Jad AtouiElyse Tabet & Jawad Nawfal Charbel Haber & Sary MoussaAya Metwalli & Nadia DaouSharif Sehnaoui & Tony EliehLiliane Chlela & Ziad Moukarzel.

Mastered by Cedrik Fermont at Syrphe, Berlin. Design by Nour Raad.

Order from Bandcamp HERE

Also available from BoomkatiTunes + Deezer + Spotify + Anghami


All photos by Lujain Jo at Tunefork Studios.
Both audio and video material is going to be the subject of a live broadcast by Lumen Project, on March 13, 2021.

Ruptured + Annihaya Album Release // SENYAWA // Alkisah Remixed

Arriving February 21 on Ruptured + Annihaya.

Ruptured and Annihaya (as well as a hefty assortment of indie labels from all over the place, including Jordan’s Drowned By Locals and Bahrain’s Qarar) are taking part in the release of SENYAWA’s incredible new album “Alkisah”, on February 21st.

To accompany our co-release of “Alkisah”, we’ve commissioned remixes from some of our favorite contributors: Anthony Sahyoun, Aya Metwalli, C-drík, Hatem Imam, Jad Atoui, Jana Saleh, Jawad Nawfal, Safa, Stephanie Merchak and Ziad Moukarzel.

Order from Bandcamp HERE and HERE


WATCH ‘ISTANA’ VIDEO

Live from Beirut: Mixes by Ziad Nawfal for “Time in this Time” // January 2021

Last August, we were asked to contribute material to a project by harvest entitled #timeinthistime, meant to examine our connection with time, post-Covid, post-August 4th blast, post-everything.

In the following weeks, we produced two music mixes, one of already-released tracks from our “Ruptured Sessions” compilation series. Another of exclusive tracks from musicians we’ve worked with time and time again in the last few years.
They are Fadi Tabbal, Youmna Saba, Anthony Sahyoun, Charbel Haber, Sharif Sehnaoui, Aya Metwalli and Jawad Nawfal.
We also asked these musicians for a picture, preferably from their phone’s camera roll, that would represent the year 2020 for them.

You can see these photos and listen to the 2 music mixes at the link below.
As ever, we are grateful to the artists who donated their tracks, and trusted us to make good use of their music and images.
Also grateful to Nour Raad for her images that accompany the mixes beautifully.

 

Ruptured + Annihaya Album Release // SENYAWA // Alkisah

Arriving February 21 on Ruptured + Annihaya.

Indonesian art-doom duo SENYAWA — vocalist Rully Shabara and instrumentalist Wukir Suryadi — will release their new studio album ALKISAH in February 2021, through a cooperative arrangement with a number of labels across the globe, in an attempt to decentralize the hierarchical structures of the music industry, particularly the distribution system.

Each participating label was given free rein to design their own cover, package the album in the format of their choice, and decide on the number of copies they wish to release.
Each label represents the country where it is based, in order to avoid distribution overlap, minimize shipping distances, and empower smaller scattered powers to grow and connect. The way it should be.

Lebanese indie labels RUPTURED and ANNIHAYA have joined forces for this unique release, gladly embracing the challenge of producing and distributing a limited vinyl edition of ALKISAH in Lebanon and nearby countries.
The worldwide release of the album will be accompanied by a digital album of remixes, produced by musicians from Beirut and beyond.

Order limited edition vinyl + digital from Bandcamp HERE and HERE


WATCH ‘ALKISAH’ ANNOUNCEMENT

Ruptured + Beacon Sound Album Release // FADI TABBAL // Subject To Potential Errors And Distortions

Arriving October 23: the fifth solo album by Fadi Tabbal and the third collaboration between Ruptured Records in Beirut and Beacon Sound in Portland.

On Subject To Potential Errors And Distortions, Lebanese musician, producer and sound engineer Fadi Tabbal delves deeper into the theme of alienation in a suffocating city. Composed and conceived almost entirely at his home in Beirut during Covid-19 quarantine, the record is his most intimate yet. While his previous solo work consisted solely of guitar pieces, this time Tabbal adds tape loops, vocal samples and synthesizers to his sound palette in an attempt to convey the subjectivity of memory and our tendency to write and rewrite history according to the present. The result is seven pieces that veer between minimalism and ambient music akin to recent outings by Pan American’s Mark Nelson and mid-period Stars of the Lid. Three of the tracks feature the voice of Julia Sabra, singer for Beirut dream-pop group Postcards.

Fadi Tabbal has been one of the leading figures in the Beirut music scene for over a decade. He runs Tunefork Studios, a specialized work space which offers customized services including full band recordings, live sound, music production and composition; is a member of several musical projects including electronic duo Stress/Distress (with Anthony Sahyoun) and The Bunny Tylers (with Charbel Haber); has collaborated with Mike Cooper, Oiseaux-Tempête, Youmna Saba, Sary Moussa and Marc Codsi; has produced albums by Postcards, Kinematik and Safar; has recorded and mixed the entirety of Ziad Nawfal’s Ruptured Sessions live series; has done installations and sound design for numerous artists and institutions, including Lebanese art ensemble The Feel Collective, Nada Kano’s Beirut Dance Studio, Petra Serhal and The Sursock Museum; has performed soundtrack work for filmmakers Maher Abi-Samra, Rania Rafei, Roy Deeb, Chadi Aoun, Nadim Tabet, among others; has been the technical director of Irtijal Festival since 2011; and has taught sound at the Académie Libanaise Des Beaux-Arts since 2012.

Tabbal has released 4 solo albums since 2013, including How’s Annie (Ruptured, 2016) and Museum of Disappearing Buildings (Ruptured + Beacon Sound, 2017). Recently he’s been spearheading the #beirutmusiciansfund, an effort to help local musicians affected by the explosion at the Port of Beirut recoup some of their considerable losses. Not known: whether he ever sleeps.

Limited edition vinyl + digital release by Ruptured Records & Beacon Sound.
Wordwide distribution by Cargo Records UK.

Pre-order from Bandcamp HERE and from a whole lot of other nice places HERE


LISTEN

Ruptured News // MUSIC RELIEF FOR BEIRUT #4: Amman, Beirut, Tunis

In the aftermath of the August 4th explosion in Beirut, which left several hundred people dead, thousands injured, and resulted in city-wide material damage, several labels and platforms have started releasing compilations in support of the crisis.

Grief Into Rage: A Compilation for Beirut is a 36-track compilation by Jordanian label Grief Into Rage, aiming to raise funds in support of Beirut and its inhabitants. 100% of the compilation’s profits will be donated to the Lebanese Red Cross and Tunefork Studios’ Beirut Musicians’ Fund. Notable contributors include Arabs with Synthesizers and Asifeh.

Buy Grief Into Rage here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


System Revival Recordings put together System Revival: For Beirut, The End Of Corruption as a fundraiser for the people of Beirut. 100% of the compilation’s proceeds will go directly to support organizations on the ground in Beirut. Notable contributors to this lengthy 31-track collection include Kujo, Legowelt, MAKH, NP (the duo of Anthony Sahyoun and Jad Atoui), Nur Jaber, Safa and Yasmine Hamdan.

Buy For Beirut, The End Of Corruption here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Ma3azef teamed up with New York-based mastering engineer Heba Kadry to curate a compilation of new and unreleased material from regional and international musicians, entitled Nisf Madeena (half city). All proceeds from the compilation’s sales are going to local initiatives working to provide assistance on the ground in Beirut, namely AFAC’s Fundraising Campaign for the Arts and Culture Community, Tunefork Studios’ Beirut Musicians’ Fund, and Beit el Baraka. The 17-track compilation includes contributions by Nicolás Jaar, Zuli, Aya Metwalli, Fatima Al Qadiri, Deena Abdelwahed and Marc Codsi.

Buy Nisf Madeena here.

Ruptured News // MUSIC RELIEF FOR BEIRUT #3: Ruptured Sessions Vol.6 + Tunefork Musicians’ Fund

In the aftermath of the August 4th explosion in Beirut, which left several hundred people dead, thousands injured, and resulted in city-wide material damage, several labels and platforms have started releasing compilations in support of the crisis.

The Ruptured Sessions Vol.6 is the latest iteration of Ziad Nawfal‘s series of live recordings in the studios of Radio Lebanon. Spanning a period of 10 years, this collection includes live versions of songs by Lebanese musicians Alko B, The Incompetents, Kinematik, Postcards, Safar, The Wanton Bishops, Who Killed Bruce Lee, and Youmna Saba, as well as previously unreleased tracks by Charlie Rayne, Cosmic Analog Ensemble, and El Rass & Munma.

All Bandcamp sales from this release will be forwarded to Tunefork StudiosBeirut Musicians’ Fund, aimed at providing relief to musicians impacted by the deadly blast of August 4th. The fund will replace musicians’ damaged recording equipment, instruments and various music gear.

Buy The Ruptured Sessions Vol.6 here.
Read Scene Noise‘s review here.
Donate to Beirut Musicians’ Fund here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruptured News // MUSIC RELIEF FOR BEIRUT #2: Amsterdam, Beirut, Portland

In the aftermath of the August 4th explosion in Beirut, which left several hundred people dead, thousands injured, and resulted in city-wide material damage, several labels and platforms have started releasing compilations in support of the crisis.

Amsterdam-based electronic label Modular Mind, headed by Lebanese musician Kujo, reduced the price of its discography by 80% (offering its whole catalog for a mere 10 euros). All resulting sales will be used to support families whose homes were devastated in the blast.

Buy Modular Mind‘s catalog here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


German musician Alfred 23 Harth, nowadays based in Seoul, donated to Beirut’s free improv label Al Maslakh Records an album entitled Neowise. The album consists of previously unreleased live recordings from A23H’s Gestalt Et Jive quartet, featuring Steve Beresford, Ferdinand Richard and Peter Hollinger. All sales of this digital album will be donated to Lebanese organizations providing relief to the victims of the Beirut explosion.

Watch “Gestalt Et Jive” here.
Buy Neowise here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Beirut-based dance label Diggers’ Delight Records released a ten-track compilation entitled Beirut Bounce Vol. 1 in June 2020. It features 10 artists from Beirut hailing from varied musical backgrounds, serving up a selection of house, techno and ambient grooves. All proceeds from digital sales will be donated to relief efforts in Beirut, following the devastating effects of the August 4th blast.

Buy Beirut Bounce Vol. 1 here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


For its 50th release, Portland-based label Beacon Sound released Points Of No Return, a compilation of unreleased tracks by artists who have worked with the label over the years in a variety of contexts. This 2 hour, 22-track compilation presents a diverse roster of artists operating in the field of contemporary electronic, ambient and indie music. All digital proceeds will be donated to Impact Lebanon, a nonprofit collecting funds for the relief and reconstruction efforts in Beirut.

Buy Points Of No Return here.