SHARIF SEHNAOUI & MAZEN KERBAJ // Ruptured Session + HADI SALEH // Interview // 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:
Jim Denley
Eric Chenaux
Igorrr
Niveau Zero
Osman Arabi
Jad Atoui
Liliane Chlela


[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

MAZEN KERBAJ & FRANZ HAUTZINGER // 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
Scrambled Eggs & Friends
The Ex
Court-Circuit
Tarek Atoui


[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