Ziad Nawfal for Movement Radio’s “Exploring Mediterranean Futures” // 15 February 2022

This mix was commissioned by Movement Athens for its radio festival “Exploring Mediterranean Futures” [Feb. 15-19, 2022], a 5-day radio festival focused on the sounds of the Mediterranean, searching for geographical and chronological connections through its culture, ideas and people.

Ziad Nawfal’s mix presents music recorded by various artists and bands from Beirut’s indie and experimental music scenes, between 2010 and 2021. A few of the tracks were officially released in some form or another, some of them are early drafts and demos, and a couple consist of live sessions recorded during Nawfal’s 35-year tenure at Beirut’s crumbling government station Radio Liban.

  1. Fadi Tabbal – After the Fire, Before the End [Unreleased]
  2. Charbel Haber & Sary Moussa – And Yet Another Romance on A Sinking Ship [V/A The Drone Sessions Vol. 1]
  3. Scrambled Eggs & A Trio – Beach Party at Mirna el Chalouhi (Diamond Setter’s Rework) [Unreleased]
  4. The Art of Boo – BoomKaboom [Unreleased]
  5. Safa – Dominant Gene [V/A Lost Archives]
  6. Jad Atoui – FDBCK [Unreleased]
  7. Tres Milliones Dolares – Jon Black [V/A Anthology of Electroacoustic Lebanese Music]
  8. Ziad Moukarzel – Questions of Worry [V/A Anthology of Electroacoustic Lebanese Music]
  9. Court Circuit (Osman Arabi & Heathen) – Ruptured Session February 2010 [Unreleased]
  10. Jawad Nawfal – Nawa Athar 0 (feat. Aya Metwalli) [V/A Istimrar Phase 1]
  11. Abed Kobeissy & Sary Moussa – A Simple Song About Weather & Murder [V/A Istimrar Phase 1]
  12. Aya Metwalli – Red Curtains Forever [Unreleased]
  13. Sharif Sehnaoui & Mazen Kerbaj – Ruptured Session April 2012 [Unreleased]
  14. Jana Saleh – Soupire [V/A Istimrar Phase 1]
  15. Julia Sabra – Three Days [V/A Istimrar Phase 1]
  16. Fadi Tabbal & Julia Sabra – Roots [V/A The Drone Sessions Vol. 1]
  17. Marc Codsi – Untitled #3 [Unreleased]
  18. Youmna Saba – Nafas [V/A Ruptured Sessions Vol. 6: For Beirut]
  19. Anthony Sahyoun – Two Foxes Trotting on A Lane in Qartaba [Unreleased]
  20. Radwan Ghazi Moumneh – Ya Dam’at Al ‘Ain [V/A Ruptured Sessions Vol. 4]



[This mix was commissioned and produced by Onassis Cultural Center, and presented for the first time in the frame of MOVEMENT RADIO]

Ziad Nawfal for Radio Ma3azef – Jerusalem In My Heart Edition // 08 December 2021

Canadian indie label Constellation and Ma3azef resident Ziad Nawfal join forces to curate a 60mn mix of music based on and around Lebanese/Canadian duo Jerusalem In My Heart‘s album “Qalaq”, released in October 2021. Featuring several cuts from the album, as well as selected tracks from its outstanding list of contributors.

1. Jerusalem In My Heart – Abyad Barraq
2. Tim Hecker – Acephale
3. Le Révélateur (Roger Tellier-Craig & Sabrina Ratté) – Afterimage Selves
4. Pacha (Pierre-Guy Blanchard) – Ankara
5. Jerusalem In My Heart – Bein Ithnein
6. Moor Mother – Big Crime
7. Lucrecia Dalt – Disuelta
8. Body Meπa (Greg Fox / Sasha Frere-Jones / Melvin Gibbs / Grey McMurray) – Bullitt
9. Rabih Beaini – Light Within a Light
10. OISEAUX-TEMPÊTE – Out of Sight
11. “A” Trio (Mazen Kerbaj / Sharif Sehnaoui / Raed Yassin) – Over
12. Radwan Ghazi Moumneh – Qaluli (They Told Me)
13. Jerusalem In My Heart – Tanto
14. Alanis Obomsawin – Odana



Ziad Nawfal for Radio Ma3azef // 08 September 2021

Ziad Nawfal’s monthly mix for Radio Ma3azef in Tunis, featuring artists from Lebanon, Syria, Egypt, Morocco, Indonesia and Canada:

1. Kinematik – Al Jadi (Capricorn)
2. Senyawa – Alkisah I [Anthony Sahyoun Remix]
3. NP [Anthony Sahyoun & Jad Atoui] – Anteater
4. Bergsonist – Aquatic Empathy
5. Khaled Omran – Arak
6. Calamita – Sidi Mansour
7. KOZO – Take On Kikutake
8. Omarchestra [Osman Arabi, Umut Çağlar, Tony Elieh, Charbel Haber, Maurice Louca, Sharif Sehnaoui, Sam Shalabi & Fadi Tabbal] – King Hassan
9. Johnny Kafta Anti-Vegetarian Orchestra [Tony Elieh, Charbel Haber, Mazen Kerbaj, Malek Rizkallah, Sharif Sehnaoui & Raed Yassin] – Bedo’s Lullaby
10. Ilvy – Gargantua
11. Spoils & Servants – The Sea Inside


Ziad Nawfal Guest Mix for Recordat // 07 February 2021

Another “archival” mix, this one was commissioned for Recordat for their Re:levant series of podcasts; it showcases music recorded by Lebanese artists hailing from different genres and music denominations, between 2003 and 2012.

Some of the tracks are basic demos (Kitano Home Ensemble, Liliane Chlela), others are live versions (Court-Circuit, Kerbaj/Sehnaoui) or studio sessions, a couple were officially released, while overall nothing is properly mastered. They provide a window into a more frivolous, less rigid time, where experimentation and trial-and-error were often the norm.

1. Kitano Home Ensemble – Sunday Afternoon (Unreleased)
2. Liliane Chlela – I Scream (Unreleased)
3. Tarek Atoui / Uriel Barthelemi / Paed Conca – Session 01 (Unreleased)
4. Mazen Kerbaj + Sharif Sehnaoui – Ruptured Session April 2012 (Unreleased)
5. Court Circuit [Osman Arabi + Heathen] – Ruptured Session February 2010 (Unreleased)
6. Ae_Quo [Jawad Nawfal + Victor Bresse] – Maquette 01 (Unreleased)
7. AEX [Jawad Nawfal + Victor Bresse] – Electrolog (Unreleased)
8. Jad Atoui – Code Breaker (Unreleased)
9. OkyDoky & Radiokvm – Ein Souda (Unreleased)
10. Scrambled Eggs & A Trio – Beach Party at Mirna El Chalouhi [Diamond Setter’s Rework] (Unreleased)
11. Youmna Saba – Nasmet Hawa (Unreleased)
12. FEZANT – Message
13. Intensive Care – ficti(on)
14. Spoils & Servants – Saturn Fever (Unreleased)


Ziad Nawfal Guest Mix for Movement Radio 04 // 14 January 2021

Ziad Nawfal’s 4th monthly mix for Movement Radio in Athens – featuring music from Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Palestine, Turkey, Denmark, Canada and the USA:

1. “A” Trio – b [LB]
2. Karkhana – Rock Farock [LB/EG/TR/CA/US]
3. Ilvy – Jonestown [LB]
4. Fadi Tabbal – Ceremony By The Sea [LB]
5. Al Mothlath – Dead Traveler [SY]
6. Abdullah Miniawy & HVAD – The Dirty Canes Lake [EG/DK]
7. Ismael – I Was So [EG]
8. Muudra – Hemshin Breath [SY]
9. Bikya – Sherif [EG]
10. Al Nather – Su3ad [PS]
11. Khan El Rouh – Mount Qaf [SY]
12. Bakisa – Tempiii [LB]
13. El Far3i – Tazkara wo Jawazain [JO]
14. El Rass – نفَس [LB]



[This mix was commissioned and produced by Onassis Cultural Center, and presented for the first time in the frame of MOVEMENT RADIO]

SHARIF SEHNAOUI // 2nd Ruptured Session with MAZEN KERBAJ for Irtijal ’12 // 2 Apr 2012

Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj and Hadi Saleh, co-curators of 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.


Track listing:
Mazen Kerbaj & Sharif Sehnaoui LIVE
Jim Denley
Eric Chenaux
Igorrr
Niveau Zero
Osman Arabi
Jad Atoui
Liliane Chlela
Mazen Kerbaj & Sharif Sehnaoui LIVE


[Photos by Tanya Traboulsi]

(2011 end-of-year lists) – MAZEN KERBAJ

I asked some of my favorite musicians from Beirut and beyond, to tell me what their favorite records of 2011 were…

In the case of improv musician Mazen Kerbaj (whose many projects include A-Trio, Johnny Kafta’s Anti-Vegetarian Orchestra, and AnArchy TV), here’s a list of the records he listened to the most in 2011:

– Evan Parker: Monoceros
– Sun City Girls: Gum Arabic
– Peter Brötzmann: Machine Gun
– Vinko Globokar: Discours II / Sequenza V / Solo Für Melodie-Instrument Mit Rückkopplung / Consecuenza
– Mike Cooper: Radio Paradise
– Sweet Smoke: Just A Poke
– La Monte Young: The Well Tuned Piano (boxset)
– Captain Beefheart: The Mirror Man Sessions
– Bill Dixon: Odyssey / Solo Works (boxset)
– Brigitte Fontaine: Comme à la Radio

FRANZ HAUTZINGER & MAZEN KERBAJ // Ruptured Session // 5 Apr 2010

Lebanese musician Mazen Kerbaj and Austrian musician Franz Hautzinger held an impromptu live session in the studios of Radio Lebanon, on the occasion of Irtijal Festival‘s 10th anniversary.


Track listing:
Franz Hautzinger’s Oriental Space
Mazen Kerbaj & Franz Hautzinger
Franz Hautzinger & Mazen Kerbaj LIVE
Tarek Atoui
Franz Hautzinger & Mazen Kerbaj LIVE
Scrambled Eggs (feat. Joseph Ghosn & Abdallah Ko)
The Ex


[Photos by Tanya Traboulsi]

Press // The Ruptured Sessions Vol. 2

The Ruptured Sessions Volume 2

A CD compilation gathering some of the most notorious protagonists of Beirut’s experimental music scene, captured live in the studios of Radio Lebanon. “The Ruptured Sessions” is a series of live recordings that take place in the studios of Radio Lebanon 96.2FM, during Ziad Nawfal’s weekly Ruptures program. These recordings focus on musicians from Lebanon’s alternative music scenes (alternative folk & rock, electronica, improvisation, etc.), as well as visiting foreign musicians.

Thomas Millroth is a Swedish writer and art critic. Nowadays he runs the Olof Bright label, alongside Swedish reeds player and improviser Mats Gustafsson. Thomas reviewed volume 2 of CD series The Ruptured Sessions for the very fabulous music blog Soundofmusic, on December 1st, 2010. Unfortunately for readers from this part of the world, Thomas’s review is in Swedish. It’s never too late for a trip to Scandinavia, is what we are thinking.



BAO // Ruptured Session // 30 March 2009

Le trio de musique improvisée 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.

Ecouter:
BAO 1 + BAO 2