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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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[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.

Lien audio:

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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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I asked the main actors of this here blog (mostly musicians, of course, but also friends, family, support-givers…) to provide me with a list (5 to 20 albums) of their favorite records of the year.

The results are slowly coming in. There are surprises, resemblances, similarities, incongruous choices… I’ve left the responses intact, exactly as I received them, along with my friends’ comments. So here goes:

Charbel Haber, Tony Elieh, Malek Rizkallah: musicians (Scrambled Eggs)

“Ten 2008 releases that can help keep Beirut weird”

CSS: Donkey
MGMT: Oracular Spectacular
Liars: Liars
Deerhunter: Microcastle
Radiohead: In Rainbows
Raveonettes: lust lust lust
Sonic Youth: Master-Dik
The Incompetents: More Songs From The Victorious City
Silver Mt. Zion: 13 blues for thirteen moons
Christine Sehnaoui/Michel Waisviz: Shortwave

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CHARBEL HABER, du groupe de Rock Libanais SCRAMBLED EGGS, etait l’invite de RUPTURES ‘ZOOM SUR’, le Lundi 17 Novembre, a 20h sur les ondes de RADIO LIBAN…

Accompagne uniquement de sa guitare (électrique), il tente le périlleux exercice du Live… L’occasion de découvrir un talent gigantesque, qui prend toute son ampleur dans ces conditions de studio “minimales”.

Pour re-écouter l’émission:

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Track listing: Scrambled Eggs / Smashing Pumpkins / Nirvana / Sonic Youth

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Track listing: Charbel LIVE / Stone Roses / Faith No More / Charbel LIVE / Portishead / Charbel LIVE / Charbel LIVE /Pulp

Oh, and [Photo by Tony Elieh]!

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