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Ruptured presents Portachiusa (Paed Conca, Hans Koch & Michael Thieke) – performing at Metro al Madina, Hamra, Beirut (16 April 2012), featuring guests Omar Dewachi, Liliane Chlela & Fadi Tabbal

[Photos by Tanya Traboulsi]



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Diamond Setter (Kevork Keshishian) & Fadi Tabbal – performing at Metro al Madina, Hamra, Beirut (21 July 2012)

[Photos by Tanya Traboulsi]




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Kevork Keshishian, aka dance music producer Diamond Setter, produced his first-ever live electronic set, over the course of a memorable edition of “Ruptures” in Radio Lebanon’s studios.

As his bio tells us, Kevork’s stage-name is a reference to his previous occupation, when he used to spend strenuous hours in his workshop setting diamonds every day. He decided to relinquish this activity in 2008, and devote all his time to DJing and music production. Following stints in various Beiruti bars, Diamond Setter became a resident DJ at The Basement; there, he played alongside several international DJs and musicians, including Tigerskin, Scratch Massive, P-Toile and many others.

In parallel to his DJing activities, Diamond Setter holds an impressive track record in the field of production. His partnership with Lebanese DJ/producer Jade yielded a remix for Lebanese electro-rock band Lumi in 2007. The Jade & Diamond Setter duo went on to build a solid reputation as dance music producers, and their tracks received positive feedback on Lebanon’s dance floors.

In 2009, Diamond Setter remixed Nina Simone’s “Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair” and Tunisian electro-jazz musician Dhafer Youssef’s “Man Of Wool”. More recent remix work includes Abe Duque’s “What Happened” and Gossip’s “Heavy Cross”, the latter in collaboration with German producer Lopazz.

His is the longest live set to be recorded for “Ruptures” yet. Clocking in at 34 minutes, it provides an exemplary outlook on this young DJ/producer’s range of styles and influences, from soul to funk, rock to electronica, to film soundtracks and way beyond.

[Full track listing]

1. Herbert
2. Index/Left

To listen: Diamond Setter 1

3. DIAMOND SETTER live electronic set (34 mn)
4. Yeasayer
5. John Coltrane

To listen: Diamond Setter 2

More stuff: soundcloud.com/diamond-setter

[Photos by Tanya Traboulsi]

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Save the date!

On Saturday, September 25, will be held the first edition of ‘Ghosts In The Machine’, an event incorporating live musical performances, DJ sets, and visuals (VJ’s and others) .

To kick off this celebration-of-sorts in style, we will present the premiere projection of live electronic band Munma‘s first-ever video, ‘The Alchemist’, conceived and directed by Damoun Ghaoui.

‘Ghosts In The Machine, edition one’ will also feature the first live performance in Lebanon (and anywhere else, for that matter) of one Jad Atoui, the younger brother of famed Lebanese electro-acoustic musician Tarek Atoui.

FULL LINE-UP:

– CAROLINE (DJ set)
– JAD ATOUI (Live)
– MUNMA (Live)
– DIAMOND SETTER (DJ set)
– VJ ESSABBAGH

>>> and of course, the premiere projection of Munma’s ‘The Alchemist’, a video by Damoun GHAOUI.

WHERE: ART LOUNGE www.artlounge.net
WHEN: Saturday 25 September, 9pm
HOW: Tickets are $20, and will be sold at the door

[Design by Youmna Habbouche]

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A few hours ago, I caught myself trying to remember the first time I watched Scrambled Eggs perform live, here in Beirut or elsewhere. I couldn’t. Either my memory has started to fail me, or I’ve seen Charbel & co perform so often, and under so many guises, that the performances have merged into one gigantic, noisy blur in my head. Which makes these CD releases that much more vital, and evidently indispensable.

Both of these albums were released in April 2010, during the 10th edition of the Irtijal Festival. They are the product of a new label, equipped with a fabulously sleazy logo (see below), entitled ‘Johnny Kafta’s Kids Menu‘. The records mark an intense bout of activity for Scrambled Eggs (a trio of Charbel Haber -guitar-, Tony Elieh -bass-, and Malek Rizkallah -drums-), beginning towards the end of 2008, and extending early into 2009. The tracks were completed in Fadi Tabbal’s Tunefork Studio.

The first of the CD’s consists of sessions recorded with the ‘A’ Trio (Mazen Kerbaj -trumpet-, Sharif Sehnaoui -guitar-, and Raed Yassin -double bass-), comprising two long tracks, epic, dissonant, and sinuous, and a third, shorter, “rockier” ditty, a tribute of sorts to early Japanese animé “Grendizer”. Interesting to hear Yassin, Kerbaj and Elieh scream Arabic insults over noisy, distorted accompaniment. And highly recommended. Also recommended is local Lebanese producer Diamond Setter‘s remix of the title track, “Beach Party at Mirna el Chalouhi”. You can listen to that one here:

http://soundcloud.com/diamond-setter/scrambled-eggs-a-trio-beach-party-at-mirna-el-chalouhi-diamond-setters-whatever-you-want-rework

The 2nd album, “Scrambled Eggs & Friends”, was recorded with various musicians hailing from Beirut’s (and Paris’) experimental scenes, namely Joe Ghosn (laptop & electronics), Abdallah Ko (guitar & electronics), Stéphane Rives (saxophone), Fadi Tabbal (guitar), as well as the aforementioned Kerbaj and Sehnaoui. Here, Scrambled Eggs indulge in newfound musical directions and tangents, far from the regular rock format, and marrying with grand ease experimentation, improvisation, and noise. I love the stuff. And the visuals too (these are by Mazen Kerbaj). Ya 3akarit.

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