Posts Tagged ‘Irtijal’

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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Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj & Hadi Saleh (from Acousmatik System), co-curators of the Irtijal festival’s 12th edition (April 4-12), were the guests of Ruptures for a presentation of the Festival’s program.

The show was book-ended by two live performances from the Kerbaj/Sehnaoui duo.

Listen to the full program: Kerbaj Saleh Sehnaoui Irtijal 12
[Live sound by Fadi Tabbal]

Playlist: Jim Denley / Eric Chenaux / Igorrr / Niveau Zero / Osman Arabi / Jad Atoui / Liliane Chlela

[Photos by 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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STEPHANE RIVES, musicien (musique expérimentale/inclassable), ingénieur du son (restauration des archives radiophoniques), organisateur de concerts en France, et contributeur régulier au Festival de Musique Improvisée Irtijal.

Track listing: Anton Webern / Giacinto Scelsi / Morton Subotnick / Gérard Grisey / Ryoji Ikeda

Liens audio: ruptures steph rives I + ruptures steph rives II

[Photos de Youmna Habbouche]

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Le guitariste-improvisateur libanais Sharif SEHNAOUI, fondateur et organisateur du Festival de musique expérimentale Irtijal, producteur du label Al-Maslakh, en interview et mini-concert sur les ondes de Radio Liban 96.2FM, dans le cadre de Ruptures.

Liens audio: Sharif 1 + Sharif 2

Track listing: Aaly Trio & Ken Vandermark / Scrambled Eggs feat. Joe Ghosn & Abdallah Ko / Scrambled Eggs

et encore: http://www.almaslakh.org/ + http://www.irtijal.org/

[Photos par Tanya Traboulsi]







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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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