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Ruptured & Beirut Open Space present

“THEY PROMISED US A BRIGHT FUTURE”

A Live Happening Featuring:

// GOOD LUCK IN DEATH //

(Mondkopf & Charbel Haber – Duo)

// FRÉDÉRIC D. OBERLAND​ //

(Oiseaux-Tempête – Solo)

// STÉPHANE PIGNEUL aka CONTRE CIEL //

(Oiseaux-Tempête – Solo)

// MONDKOPF //

(DJ set)

+ Release of Oiseaux-Tempête & The Bunny Tylers‘ Live CD on Ruptured

LIVE AT BEIRUT OPEN SPACE

WEDNESDAY 11 APRIL 2018, 8PM

TICKETS 25000LL

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The Bunny Tylers – Chance Meetings
[CD & LP Release by Ruptured, January 2018] 

On celebrating cold tobacco and cheap aftershave, eternal sunsets and surfer suicides, Film Noir and Thomas Pynchon, and the mighty power of the drone…

The Bunny Tylers is a drone/ambient group from Beirut, Lebanon, whose core consists of guitarists Charbel Haber (Scrambled Eggs, Malayeen, Johnny Kafta’s Anti-Vegetarian Orchestra) and Fadi Tabbal (The Incompetents, Under the Carpet, Safar), often joined on stage by Pascal Semerdjian and Marwan Tohmé from folk band Postcards. Operating firmly outside of any musical trends, at the heart of Bunny Tylers is the desire to tie musical loose ends and threads derived as much from the two men’s solo records, as a very tangible teenage dream of remaking My Bloody Valentine’s “Loveless”.

The duo initially came together in 2013 to compose and record incidental music for Nadim Tabet and Karine Wehbe’s video essay “Summer of 91”. They began exploring different guitar bowing techniques, set amidst a loose and free-flowing musical frame, away from rigid compositional stratagems. Preoccupied with texture rather than finite structure, guitar drones and intricate pedal-work set the ambience and mood for Haber’s lyrics of self-reflection and existential bleakness. Love stories indeed, albeit ones engrossed with the inexorable progress of the Grim Reaper.

The Bunny Tylers’ first album, “Glitches & Drones 2013-2016”, was released by Ruptured in 2016. The duo’s second album was recorded by Benoit de Villeneuve (from Team Ghost and a collaborator of M83) in Paris in the summer of 2017. The CD version of the album was released during the 2017 edition of Wickerpark Festival, while LP and digital versions will be available starting January 2018.

http://www.thebunnytylers.com/

Stream the full album via SoundCloud:

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Tuesday, November 8th, 2016 – 8.30 pm
at Onomatopoeia The Music Hub

The BUNNY TYLERS is a collaboration between Charbel Haber (Scrambled Eggs, Malayeen, Johnny Kafta Anti-Vegetarian Orchestra) and Fadi Tabbal (The Incompetents, Under The Carpet, Safar), aimed at the exploration of different guitar bowing techniques and celebrating the smell of cold tobacco, cheap aftershave, eternal sunsets and surfer suicides.

They will perform at Ono The Music Hub on the occasion of the release of the Bunny Tylers’ first album, “Glitches & Drones 2013-2016”, for Lebanese alternative label Ruptured.

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// ABOUT FADI TABBAL

Musician, producer and sound engineer, known for his numerous contributions to Beirut’s alternative music scene by way of the specialized studio he opened in 2006, Tunefork. Tabbal’s work as an engineer at Tunefork has secured its reputation as one of the most prominent studios in Beirut; the majority of the city’s alternative acts have passed through its doors.

Fadi is a member of several Lebanese bands, including rock groups The Incompetents and Bunny Tylers, as well as experimental trio Under the Carpet. He collaborates frequently with singer/songwriter Youmna Saba, folk bands Safar and Ramly, and is a guest player on albums by oriental duo Praed and folk singer Sandmoon, among others. As a solo artist, he has released three albums entitled “On the Rooftop Looking Up” (Self-released 2013), “Museum of Disappearing Buildings” (Self-released 2015) and “How’s Annie” (Ruptured, 2016).
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// ABOUT CHARBEL HABER

Lebanese rock musician, performer and composer, straddling the uneasy genres of experimental post-rock and ambient soundscapes. Co-founder and member of longstanding Lebanese post-rock group Scrambled Eggs, Haber’s work encompasses a wide range of disciplines and styles including film, video art and theater, both as a solo artist and as a member of Scrambled Eggs, Malayeen and the Johnny-Kafta Anti Vegetarian Orchestra collective.

As a solo artist, he has collaborated with various visual artists and composed music for a variety of film and theater performances, both in his native Lebanon and abroad. Haber has released over a dozen albums with Scrambled Eggs (for labels Incognito, Ruptured and Johnny Kafta’s Kids Menu), two solo albums (for Al-Maslakh and Discrepant), as well as several one-off collaborations over a variety of supports including vinyl, CD and cassette.
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Ziad Nawfal presents
THE RUPTURED SESSIONS , VOLUME 5
CD release + live performances

LIVE PERFORMANCES BY:
Charbel Haber (featuring surprise guest)
Liliane Chlela
RadioKVM

DJ SET BY:
Caroline

On Thursday 21 March 2013, starting 9pm
At Yukunkun, Rue du Liban, Gemmayzeh, Beirut

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ABOUT THE CD

The Ruptured Sessions is a series of live recordings produced by Lebanese radio host Ziad Nawfal in the studios of Radio Lebanon. The sessions take place during Nawfal’s weekly program Ruptures, with musicians from Beirut’s alternative scene and elsewhere.

Volume 5 documents the city’s younger wave of electronic composers, and features performances from the likes of Jad Atoui, Liliane Chlela, Mocques and RadioKVM. Also included are recordings from American experimental musician Robert Lowe (in his Lichens guise); up-and-coming international projects Praed and Under The Carpet; as well as an exclusive duo of Lebanese guitarist extraordinaire Charbel Nicolas Haber and Canadian sound-maker Radwan Ghazi Moumneh.

The sessions for Volume 5 were recorded in Beirut by sound engineer and musician Fadi Tabbal; and subsequently mastered in Berlin by Belgian artist and producer C-drík, who also worked on Ruptured releases El Rass and Under The Carpet.

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[All designs by Maya Chami]

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I asked some of my favorite musician and artist friends, from Beirut and beyond, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2012…
Alternately, they could also provide me with a list of the records they listened to the most in 2012, regardless of date of release.

Charbel Haber (musician, Scrambled Eggs / Johnny Kafta’s Anti-Vegetarian Orchestra)
https://soundcloud.com/charbel-haber

– Earth: Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light II
– Eric Chenaux & Radwan Ghazi Moumneh: Sentimental Moves LP
– Rhodri Davies: Wound Response LP
– A-Trio: Music To Our Ears
– Keiji Haino, Jim O’Rourke & Oren Ambarchi: Imikuzushi
– Swans: The Seer
– Scott Walker: Bish Bosch
– Hot Chip: In Our Heads
– Grimes: Visions
– Fushitsusha: Mabushii Itazura Na Inori

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I asked some of my favorite musicians from Beirut and beyond, to tell me what their favorite records of 2011 were…

Charbel Haber: musician (Scrambled Eggs, Johnny Kafta’s Anti-Vegetarian Orchestra, XEFM)

1- Tim Hecker: Ravedeath, 1972
2- Mike Cooper: Radio Paradise
3- Gil Scott Heron & Jamie xx: We’re New Here
4- M83: Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
5- The Fall: Erstaz GB
6- Gang Gang Dance: Eye Contact
7- Wilco: The Whole Love
8- Jim O’Rourke: Old News # 5
9- Thurston Moore: Demolished Thoughts
10- PJ Harvey: Let England Shake

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Last June, my musician and writer friend Joseph Ghosn spent a few days in Beirut. We met on a couple of occasions, spoke about the abandoned grand piano in his neighbor’s house in the Lebanese mountains and the CD compilation I was planning to release later in August, with a track of his recorded in Radio Lebanon for Ruptures. He also gave me this tape. “You’re the one to get it,” he said. Joe has a fetish for tapes, and he knows I do too. “What is it,” I exclaimed, trying to refrain my enthusiasm. “Oh, just a little thing Charbel and I recorded in one week, a few years back. Listen to it.”

I have listened to it many times since then. Between Birthdays is Joe Ghosn’s first tape release for his Discipline musical persona; it consists of one elongated drone, a musical dialogue between Ghosn and guitar player-extraordinaire Charbel Haber, incorporating fuzzy swathes of guitar and discreet layers of glitchy synthesizers. It’s difficult to tell who’s doing what. The piece meanders wonderfully, veers from instrumental post-rock to ambient electronica, recalls Oneohtrix Point Never on some occasions, opts for pure noise on other occasions… A shadowy voice speaks a few detached words, a synth line recalls Discipline’s soundtrack for the film “Beyrouth”… And the drone fades into oblivion once, twice, before picking up again. The stuff that dreams are made of (for).

For more on Joseph Ghosn, click here. He’s also got a wonderful blog on WordPress.

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Richard Eigner is an Austrian composer, drummer, sound-artist and producer. He spent an eventful week in Beirut, during which he presented his ‘Denoising’ project at Beirut Art Center, in the company of our very own Osman Arabi and Charbel Haber, featured on electric guitar(s). He was also part of the live line-up for the Acousmatik event of May 28, entitled Chaos Reigns With Matta UK.

Eigner was the guest of Ruptures for an impromptu interview and live performance, during which he ‘Denoised’ the studio’s old and battered grand piano, and presented excerpts from his extensive discography.

Track listing: Ritornell / Otomo Yoshihide (original + Denoised version) / Fennesz (original + Denoised version) / Lou Reed (original + denoised version) / De-Noising of field recordings

Listen here: Richard Eigner part 1 + Richard Eigner part 2

[Photos courtesy of Tanya Traboulsi]


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Lebanese musicians Radwan Ghazi Moumneh (Jerusalem In My Heart) & Charbel Haber (Scrambled Eggs) were the guests of Ruptures on Monday 4 April, to present the 11th edition of the Irtijal Festival of Experimental Music, which took place in Beirut in various locations between April 5-8.

To listen: ruptures haber + moumneh #1 >> Track listing: The Ex / Joelle Khoury / MoHa!

To listen: ruptures haber + moumneh #2 >> Track listing: Harris Newman / LIVE PERFORMANCE / The Ex

[Photos by Tanya Traboulsi]

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For the release of Ziad Nawfal’s “Ruptured Sessions volume 2”, Lebanese electro-acoustic musician Tarek Atoui, an all-too-rare presence on Lebanon’s music scene, held two performances at Beirut Art Center:

Set 1 (Auditorium):
Tarek Atoui – live processing
Tony Elieh – electric bass
Charbel Haber – electric guitar

Set 2 (Bar area):
Tarek Atoui – electronics
Uriel Barthélémi – drums

Photos by Tanya Traboulsi [www.tanyatraboulsi.com]

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Le trio de musique improvisee BAO — Sharif Sehnaoui et Mazen Kerbaj (fondateurs du label Al Maslakh et du Festival de Musique Improvisée Irtijal) et Charbel Haber (leader du groupe de punk rock Scrambled Eggs) en interview et en concert dans les studios de Radio Liban 96.2FM.

Liens audio: BAO 1 + BAO 2

Le disque de la soirée:

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The Ruptured Sessions / volume 1
(By Karma Tohmé)

Ziad Nawfal’s eclectic music tastes and his deep knowledge of a wide array of musical genres have made him one of the best DJ’s in town for over 2 decades now, and his name has been tied to the most mythical underground places of post-war Beirut. His radio programs on Beirut’s governmental radio station, Radio Liban, are also a reference for a whole generation of young alternative music lovers. These shows, as well as numerous other professional activities related to music — from working in Beirut’s sole alternative record store, La CD-Theque, to writing reviews for all new releases of Beirut Incognito’s collection, as well as for local and foreign magazines, have led to his extensive involvement with the local music scene. He often acts as a manager, producer, or event organizer for alternative rock, experimental and electronic music artists and bands from the Lebanese scene.

Following in the footsteps of one of his mentors, the BBC’s famed radio host John Peel, Ziad Nawfal presents ‘The Ruptured Sessions, volume 1’: the first CD to be recorded live in the studios of Radio Lebanon, during his ‘Ruptures’ show. The sessions were recorded in the studios of Radio Lebanon over a period of eight months, between June 2008 and February 2009. There was initially no actual intent for the sessions to be released onto CD format, which explains the lo-fi quality of some of the final tracks. Artists came to the studio to present some of their favorite musical selections, with an emphasis on their own artistic output, and were eventually invited to grab their guitar and perform a number of songs, live on the spot.

The best tracks from these impromptu sessions were then carefully selected, mixed and mastered by Tunefork Studio’s (one of Beirut’s most prestigious recording studios, for alternative-minded musicians) master-of-ceremony Fadi Tabbal, in collaboration with Ziad Nawfal. The resulting CD features exclusive music by Nadine Khouri, Charbel Haber (the lead singer from punk-rock band Scrambled Eggs, caught in rare acoustic flight), Youmna Saba, Cristobal (aka Christophe Katrib), and The Incompetents.

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LISTEN

Audio 1: Youmna Saba: Tehfi (feat. Fadi Tabbal)

Audio 2: Charbel Haber: It Seems You Had It All Figured Out

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READ

x To read Dan Warburton’s review for The Wire, click here

x To read the Gossip Magazine – Lebanon review (Jul-Aug. 2009), click on the following link: Gossip music page

x Read Matthew Mosley’s review for Daily Star – Lebanon (May 2009):

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[Design by Youmna Habbouche]

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Charbel Haber

Guitariste et compositeur autodidacte, Charbel co-fonde le combo post-punk Scrambled Eggs à 20 ans. 9 ans plus tard, multipliant les projets et les collaborations, on le retrouve, entre autre, à la tête du label Those Kids Must Choke, membre fondateur du trio d’improvisation libre BAO et acteur pertinent de l’association MILL (Musique Improvisée Libre au Liban).

Tony Elieh

S’il est aussi le bassiste et un des co-fondateurs du combo post-punk Scrambled Eggs, Tony est surtout un photographe. Dans ce travail de création parallèle, il fusionne la réalité et la fiction, suit les sautes d’humeur de Beyrouth et met en image les tensions contradictoires qui l’habitent.

Dans le cadre du projet Bande à Part/Don’t Border me, Charbel et Tony ont soumis un soundscape (ou paysage sonore),  ainsi que quatre photographies.

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eggs-friendsSCRAMBLED EGGS:

Dedicated To Foes Celebrating Friends (Incognito, 2009)

Hot on the heels of the haunted soundtrack they’ve created for the Joreige/Hadjithomas film ‘Je Veux Voir’, Lebanese punk icons Scrambled Eggs end their busy year with this “modest” 2-song release, which does however hold a host of surprises.

The year 2008 saw the Eggs part ways with their guitarist, Marc Codsi, an active contributor to the band’s sound since 2001. Codsi’s tumultuous departure, in addition to the wealth of experience gathered from working with various musicians throughout the year, infiltrate the tracks featured here, and lend them a primal, DIY quality. The sophistication of the ‘Je Veux Voir’ soundtrack is eschewed in favor of a raw, abrasive sound, harking back to the punk aesthetic of the ‘Happy Together Filthy Forever’ EP, released in 2006.

The single was recorded with little budget, in lo-fi conditions that seep through the music and lyrics. The band, reduced to the core trio of Haber on guitar and vocals, Elieh on bass, and Rizkallah on drums, displays a frantic desire to land back on its feet after a period of artistic self-doubt, and succeeds in doing so admirably. Of the six or seven songs that the Eggs wrote and tested on the road in September 2008, 2 were selected for this single release, and a third, a furious cover of Abba’s ‘Lay All Your Love On Me’, is hidden at the far end of the CD. Also hidden away at the far reaches of this release are a selection of musical snippets and oddities, selected by band-leader Charbel Haber with able help from Tunefork Studio’s maestro Fadi Tabbal.

This basic, back-to-the-roots package is a masterful way to end a difficult year, and an able return to form from one of the most revered band on Beirut’s alternative music scene.

Ziad Nawfal.

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