Ziad Nawfal for Radio Alhara // 16 September 2020

Ziad Nawfal’s monthly mix for Radio Alhara in Bethlehem – featuring music from Lebanon, Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Turkey, the USA and Canada:

1. Sandmoon – Angels [LB]
2. Kinematik – Sahu + Bein Mreytein [LB]
3. Postcards – Dead End [LB]
4. Scrambled Eggs – Building A Nest [LB]
5. PanSTARRS – Dor Elfo2 [EG]
6. Maii Waleed + Zeid Hamdan – Ehdefni [EG/LB]
7. Maurice Louca – The Palm Of A Ghost (feat. Nadah el Shazly) [EG]
8. Karkhana – Rock Farock [LB/EG/CA/TR/US]
9. Kozo – Sky House [LB]
10. Serge Yared – The State Of The Union [LB]
11. Zalfa – Law Ma [LB]
12. Bedouin Burger – Ya Man Hawa [LB/SY]
13. Basel Naouri – Epic Wars [JO]
14. Yusuy – Yours Truly (Mahwoos) [EG]


Ruptured Album Release // FADI TABBAL // Subject To Potential Errors And Distortions

Arriving October 23: the fifth solo album by Fadi Tabbal and the third collaboration between Ruptured Records in Beirut and Beacon Sound in Portland.

On Subject To Potential Errors And Distortions, Lebanese musician, producer and sound engineer Fadi Tabbal delves deeper into the theme of alienation in a suffocating city. Composed and conceived almost entirely at his home in Beirut during Covid-19 quarantine, the record is his most intimate yet. While his previous solo work consisted solely of guitar pieces, this time Tabbal adds tape loops, vocal samples and synthesizers to his sound palette in an attempt to convey the subjectivity of memory and our tendency to write and rewrite history according to the present. The result is seven pieces that veer between minimalism and ambient music akin to recent outings by Pan American’s Mark Nelson and mid-period Stars of the Lid. Three of the tracks feature the voice of Julia Sabra, singer for Beirut dream-pop group Postcards.

Fadi Tabbal has been one of the leading figures in the Beirut music scene for over a decade. He runs Tunefork Studios, a specialized work space which offers customized services including full band recordings, live sound, music production and composition; is a member of several musical projects including electronic duo Stress/Distress (with Anthony Sahyoun) and The Bunny Tylers (with Charbel Haber); has collaborated with Mike Cooper, Oiseaux-Tempête, Youmna Saba, Sary Moussa and Marc Codsi; has produced albums by Postcards, Kinematik and Safar; has recorded and mixed the entirety of Ziad Nawfal’s Ruptured Sessions live series; has done installations and sound design for numerous artists and institutions, including Lebanese art ensemble The Feel Collective, Nada Kano’s Beirut Dance Studio, Petra Serhal and The Sursock Museum; has performed soundtrack work for filmmakers Maher Abi-Samra, Rania Rafei, Roy Deeb, Chadi Aoun, Nadim Tabet, among others; has been the technical director of Irtijal Festival since 2011; and has taught sound at the Académie Libanaise Des Beaux-Arts since 2012.

Tabbal has released 4 solo albums since 2013, including How’s Annie (Ruptured, 2016) and Museum of Disappearing Buildings (Ruptured + Beacon Sound, 2017). Recently he’s been spearheading the #beirutmusiciansfund, an effort to help local musicians affected by the explosion at the Port of Beirut recoup some of their considerable losses. Not known: whether he ever sleeps.

Limited edition vinyl + digital release by Ruptured Records & Beacon Sound.
Wordwide distribution by Cargo Records UK.

Pre-order from Bandcamp HERE and from a whole lot of other nice places HERE


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Ruptured Sessions Mix for Radio Alhara // 21 August 2020

Ziad Nawfal’s guest mix for Radio Alhara, featuring selections from all 6 volumes of “The Ruptured Sessions” [2008-2019]:

1. El Rass & Munma – Freestyle [2012]
2. Fareeq El Atrash – Njoom `Am Te’rab [2009]
3. The Incompetents – Cannibal Blues [2011]
4. Intensive Care – Another You [2010]
5. White Trees – The Game of Love [2010]
6. Charbel Haber – Building A Nest [2008]
7. Sandmoon – Dead of Jericho [2010]
8. Charlie Rayne – Madeleines [2013]
9. Postcards – Flying Saucers [2018]
10. Youmna Saba feat. Fadi Tabbal – Tehfi [2008]
11. Safar – Overlove [2015]
12. Alko B – Some Things [2019]
13. Cosmic Analog Ensemble – Early Embankment [2011]
14. The Wanton Bishops – Whoopy [2013]
15. Who Killed Bruce Lee – Pool Party [2013]
16. Mashrou’ Leila – Im Bimbillila7 [2009]
17. Kinematik – Lalochezia [2017]


Ruptured News // MUSIC RELIEF FOR BEIRUT #3: Ruptured Sessions Vol.6 + Tunefork Musicians’ Fund

In the aftermath of the August 4th explosion in Beirut, which left several hundred people dead, thousands injured, and resulted in city-wide material damage, several labels and platforms have started releasing compilations in support of the crisis.

The Ruptured Sessions Vol.6 is the latest iteration of Ziad Nawfal‘s series of live recordings in the studios of Radio Lebanon. Spanning a period of 10 years, this collection includes live versions of songs by Lebanese musicians Alko B, The Incompetents, Kinematik, Postcards, Safar, The Wanton Bishops, Who Killed Bruce Lee, and Youmna Saba, as well as previously unreleased tracks by Charlie Rayne, Cosmic Analog Ensemble, and El Rass & Munma.

All Bandcamp sales from this release will be forwarded to Tunefork StudiosBeirut Musicians’ Fund, aimed at providing relief to musicians impacted by the deadly blast of August 4th. The fund will replace musicians’ damaged recording equipment, instruments and various music gear.

Buy The Ruptured Sessions Vol.6 here.
Read Scene Noise‘s review here.
Donate to Beirut Musicians’ Fund here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruptures Radio Show // 18 May 2020

Live broadcast from “Ruptures” [Radio Lebanon 96.2FM] with song-by-song audio commentary, featuring musicians from Lebanon:

1. Lumi – Two Swords [2015]
2. The Bunny Tylers – Let There Be Light [2020]
3. The Butcher’s Bride- Lipsync [2020]
4. Elyse Tabet & Jawad Nawfal – Coast I [2020]
5. General Order 1 – Exponential [2020]
6. Hadi Zeidan – In the Goldroom [2019]
7. Bakisa – Notturno (Edit #6) [2020] PREMIERE
8. Kid Fourteen – Nobody Came, Nobody Wants To [2020]
9. Liliane Chlela – 2022 [2020] PREMIERE
10. Kinematik – Sahu [2020]
11. Postcards – Freediving [2020]
12. Sandmoon – Fiery Observation [2019]
13. Serge Yared – The State of The Union [2020]
14. The Incompetents – Bloody Rainbow (Daniel Johnston cover) [2011]
15. Sary Moussa – In Praise of Shadows [2020]


Ruptures Radio Show // 21 October 2019

Broadcast from “Ruptures” [Radio Lebanon 96.2FM] featuring artists from Lebanon, Palestine, Syria and Egypt:

1. El Rass & Munma – Batalkon met [2019]
2. Zalfa – Ma sar [2019]
3. Postcards – Fossilized [2019]
4. Kozo – Hiroshima peace memorial [2019]
5. Sandmoon – Fiery O [2019]
6. Pól – We run [2019]
7. Blue Comme Moi – Pro sol [2019]
8. Alko B – Some things [2019]
9. Zeid Hamdan, Tanjaret Daghet + Elmorabba3 – Zekrayat [2019]
10. Bord – Shadows [Sofar Sounds session, Aug. 2018]
11. Frida – Ya sadiqi [2019]
12. Maurice Louca – Al Khawaga [2018]
13. Kamilya Jubran & Werner Hasler – Tumbleweed 1 [2019]
14. Muqataa – Faltakon [2018]
15. Stress Distress – It’s the same exit + Mariatorget [2019]
16. Marc Codsi – Invocation I [2019]


Ruptures Radio Show // December 2018

Featuring artists from Lebanon, Egypt, Palestine, Morocco and France:

1. Interbellum – Ready to dissolve
2. Postcards – Revolvers
3. Alko B – Elephant in the room [Ruptured session, to be released Xmas 2018]
4. Mme Chandelier – Exodus
5. Oiseaux-Tempete + Bunny Tylers – The little known ending fading away [Live]
6. Munma – Eole
7. Kid Fourteen – Ice in my eyes
8. Cosmic Analog Ensemble – Phoenician rose
9. Heroes & Villains – The rest is history
10. Tapeman No. 1 – Le coeur sec
11. Ziad Qoulaii Allstars – Mystique [Unreleased]
12. Maryam Saleh, Maurice Louca & Tamer Abu Ghazaleh – Nefsif akli
13. Panstarrs – Dor el fo2 [Unreleased]


POSTCARDS // 2nd Ruptured Session // 26 Jan 2018

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


Ruptured News // Sept-Oct 2017

SEPTEMBER 9
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 9
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.

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SEPTEMBER 13
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 22
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 1 
Munma / Mme Chandelier / Fadi Tabbal
Cinemix “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.


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:
https://fracturedair.com/2017/09/07/first-listen-crystal-palace-by-fadi-tabbal/

Fadi Tabbal