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MusicMap’s ‘Soundscape’ series is a brilliant way to keep up with local music scenes and global trends. Every few weeks, the people behind this amazing platform visit a different country and ask someone familiar with the scene to serve up a mix of the finest local sounds…

“Following our recent trips to Peru, India and Mexico, this month we’re visiting Lebanon for our first Soundscape from the Middle East. Our guide this time is Beirut-based DJ, promoter and producer Ziad Nawfal, co-founder of ground-breaking independent label Ruptured and managing director of Irtijal, the country’s first experimental music festival. Ziad Nawfal has spent his career championing independent Lebanese music via his ‘Ruptures’ and ‘Decalages’ shows on Radio Lebanon, so we knew we were in for a treat with his Soundscape mix…”

Listen below:

“It turns out that it’s pretty difficult to summarise Beirut musically in an hour,” Ziad admits. “Especially for someone who’s been working amidst this scene for so long. I chose to include artists who are all currently active, with the one exception of Scrambled Eggs, the first band I worked with back in 2006. I also chose to focus on more experimental and leftfield forms of music, whether electronic, rock, or folk, and in the process many artists whom I’m fond of had to be cast aside. Heartfelt apologies to those. This is a very personal take on what Beirut represents for me, musically. Sometimes pretty, sometimes ugly, often difficult, always challenging. I hope you enjoy this mix!”

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Ruptured had the privilege of hosting exceptional British musician Nadine Shah in Beirut, for two live events:
A radio session on Radio Liban 96.2 FM on Friday 11/05,
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A concert at Onomatopoeia The Music Hub on Saturday 12/05, featuring guests James Brown from British band Pulled Part by Horses and Lebanese singer-songwriter Youmna Saba

Listen to the radio show:

[Live sound by Fadi Tabbal]

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For our second “Ruptured Session” of 2018, we were thrilled to welcome in the studios of Radio Liban 96.2 FM Lebanese band POSTCARDS, consisting for this particular occasion of Julia Sabra (guitar & vocals), Marwan Tohme (guitar & backing vocals), and Pascal Semerdjian (bass & backing vocals).

The three musicians spoke at length about the making of their most recent release “I’ll be here in the morning” (T3 Records + Ruptured, 2018), presented some of their favorite tracks, and performed two songs from the album.

Listen to the show: 

[Live sound by Fadi Tabbal]

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The Bunny Tylers – Chance Meetings [CD/LP to be released 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/

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Fadi Tabbal – Museum of Disappearing Buildings [LP to be re-released October 2017] 

Fadi Tabbal, guitarist with Lebanese alternative rock bands The Incompetents and The Bunny Tylers among many others, self-released his second solo album, “Museum of Disappearing Buildings”, in November 2015.

This album continues further the work of sound exploration through guitar treatments, which began with “On the Rooftop Looking Up” in 2013. While the young guitarist’s first album featured a finely-devised interaction of ambient soundscapes and John Fahey-inspired finger-picking acoustic meanderings, this second solo outing adopts a different approach: it relies on an interplay of ambient guitar drones and grainy electronics, which recalls to a degree the work of early Krautrock vanguard artists from the 1970’s, the leftfield exploration of British electro-acoustic practitioners from the mid-1970’s, as well as the radical works of American minimalist composers from the 1960’s.

Similarly to his first outing, Tabbal preferred a radical and direct approach to composition and recording, opting for the intimacy and self-reflection of home recordings, rather than the traditional environment of a recording studio. At the heart of the album, resides one unifying concept, which finds its way into the resulting musical bed: the sketches and impossible structures and urban configurations of Russian paper architects Brodsky and Utkin.

The album will be re-released in October 2017 in a limited vinyl edition of 300 copies, the result of a collaboration between Lebanese label Ruptured and Portland-based indie label Beacon Sound.

Listen to an excerpt:

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September 9th
DJ set by Ziad Nawfal at Wickerpark Music Festival 2017

The 7th edition of this outstanding Lebanese festival, set on the shores of the coastal city of Batroun, will feature concerts by Alko B., The Bunny Tylers, Kinematik and Who Killed Bruce Lee, among others.

[Facebook event here]

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September 9th
The Bunny Tylers: “Chance Meetings”
Album launch by Ruptured during Wickerpark Festival 2017

Ruptured releases the CD version of this Lebanese duo’s (Charbel Haber and Fadi Tabbal) 2nd album, recorded by renowned French producer Benoit de Villeneuve during the summer of 2017.

Listen to an excerpt:



September 13th

Postcards: “I’ll Be Here In The Morning”
Album launch by Ruptured at Beirut Open Space

Ruptured is proud to welcome in its roster exemplary indie folk quartet Postcards, for the release of the CD version of its latest album.

The launch will take place in recently-opened live venue Beirut Open Space, with a DJ set from Ziad Nawfal.

[Facebook event here]

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September 22nd
I Am Not A Robot vol. II
DJ night at Yukunkun Club, Beirut

The 2nd installment of this high-octane techno event, featuring the talents of Tamira Soufic, Ziad Nawfal and Essabbagh.

[Visual by Maria Kassab]

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October 1st
Munma / Mme Chandelier / Fadi Tabbal
Cine-concert “The Woman One Longs For” at Metropolis Cinema

Ruptured, Metropolis and Goethe Institute Lebanon collaborate on this newly commissioned cinemix for Curtis Bernhardt’s classic film from 1929, featuring three of Lebanon’s most talented experimental musicians.


Later in October 2017
Fadi Tabbal: Museum of Disappearing Buildings
Album release by Beacon Sound and Ruptured

Lebanese guitarist and producer Fadi Tabbal‘s breathtaking 2nd solo record, initially self-released on CD in 2015, is made available on vinyl by Ruptured and USA-based label Beacon Sound.

Listen to an excerpt and read the review by Fractured Air:
First Listen: ‘Crystal Palace’ by Fadi Tabbal

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It took us a while to edit and post this one, and apologies for that, but here it is at last:

Lebanese rock quartet KINEMATIK (Mme Chandelier, Rudy Ghafari, Roy Khazen and Akram Hajj) were the guests of Ruptures on Radio Liban 96.2 FM, for an interview revolving around the making and production of their first album ALA’ for indie label Ruptured.

The interview was accompanied by several live studio performances. Live sound by Fadi Tabbal.

Listen to the show: ruptures knmtk 6 mars

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