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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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Charbel Haber (Scrambled Eggs) & Joseph Ghosn (Discipline) – recording session in Tunefork Studio, Beirut (June 2011) / photos by Ziad Nawfal

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The Imaginary Soundscapes (Frédéric Nogray & Stéphane Rives) – performing at Beirut Art Center, June 2011 / photos by Tanya Traboulsi

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Dj Spooky – performing at EM Chill, Beirut, August 2011 / photo by Tanya Traboulsi


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UNDER THE CARPET (Paed Conca, Stéphane Rives, Fadi Tabbal) + MUNMA (Jawad Nawfal) + OkyDoky + Tarek Atoui – performing at Beirut Art Center, for the launch of The Ruptured Sessions #4, August 2011 / photos by Tanya Traboulsi





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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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Performances by:

– Part 1 / Tarek Atoui (live processing), Tony Elieh (electric bass) and Charbel Haber (electric guitar)

– Part 2 / Tarek Atoui (electronics) and Uriel Barthelemy (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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