Ruptured Album Release // ALKO B Ruptured Session // Bandcamp Exclusive

2018 marked the 10th anniversary of “The Ruptured Sessions”, a series of live performances set and conducted in the studios of Radio Lebanon, during Ziad Nawfal’s “Ruptures” show.
These sessions were (and still are) aimed at highlighting the best of what Lebanon has to offer, as far as local musical talent goes. The list is long and varied, and includes such artists as Nadine Khouri, Youmna Saba, Rayess Bek, Fareeq el Atrash, Mashrou’ Leila, Wanton Bishops, Who Killed Bruce Lee, Postcards, and many others.
To celebrate these live sessions’ 10 years of existence, we will be releasing this Christmas a set by Lebanese musician Salim Naffah aka Alko B, recorded on January 2nd, 2017. The session features tracks from Alko B’s first release, “Sex Tapes”, as well as a couple of new songs.

OAK // Ruptured Session // 22 Dec 2014

Lebanese folk singer/songwriter Allen Seif aka OAK was the guest of Ruptures, for an interview and live performance showcasing his music career in Lebanon and Australia.

Listen:
ruptures with Oak 22 Dec 2014 (part 1) + ruptures with Oak 22 Dec 2014 (part 2)


Track listing:
Oak
Pink Floyd
U2
OAK [live]
Neil Young
REM
Broken Bells
OAK [live]
Leonard Cohen
OAK [live]
Ron Sexsmith


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RAMLY // Ruptured Session // 9 June 2014

Lebanese folk singer/songwriter ELIE RAMLY aka RAMLY was the guest of Ruptures for an exclusive interview and two live performances of tracks taken from his forthcoming EP, “Beneath The Morning Sun”.

Listen:
ruptures ramly (part 1) + ruptures ramly (part 2)


Track listing:
Ramly
Led Zeppelin
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
Ramly
Ramly LIVE
Antony & The Johnsons
Cinematic Orchestra feat. Patrick Watson
Ramly LIVE
Sebastien Tellier
Ramly


Ruptured Live // The Ruptured Sessions Vol.5 Launch Concert // Yukunkun

Ziad Nawfal presents
THE RUPTURED SESSIONS, VOLUME 5
CD release + live performances

LIVE PERFORMANCES BY:
Charbel Haber
Liliane Chlela
RadioKVM

DJ SET BY:
Caroline

On Thursday 21 March 2013, starting 9pm
At Yukunkun, Rue du Liban, Gemmayzeh, Beirut


ABOUT THE CD

The Ruptured Sessions is a series of live recordings produced by Lebanese radio host Ziad Nawfal in the studios of Radio Lebanon. The sessions take place during Nawfal’s weekly program Ruptures, with musicians from Beirut’s alternative scene and elsewhere.

Volume 5 documents the city’s younger wave of electronic composers, and features performances from the likes of Jad Atoui, Liliane Chlela, Mocques and RadioKVM. Also included are recordings from American experimental musician Robert Lowe (in his Lichens guise); up-and-coming international projects Praed and Under The Carpet; as well as an exclusive duo of Lebanese guitarist extraordinaire Charbel Nicolas Haber and Canadian sound-maker Radwan Ghazi Moumneh.

The sessions for Volume 5 were recorded in Beirut by sound engineer and musician Fadi Tabbal; and subsequently mastered in Berlin by Belgian artist and producer C-drík, who also worked on Ruptured releases El Rass and Under The Carpet.


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WHO KILLED BRUCE LEE // Ruptured Session // 28 Jan 2013

Lebanese rock quartet WHO KILLED BRUCE LEE (Wassim Bou Malham, guitar & vocals / Hassib Dergham, synths / Malek Rizkallah, drums / Pascal Sarkis, bass) were the guests of Ziad Nawfal’s weekly radio program Ruptures, for an interview and three exclusive live performances, to mark the release of their first, self-titled EP.

Listen:
WKBL on Ruptures (part 1) + WKBL on Ruptures (part 2)


Track listing: 
Who Killed Bruce Lee LIVE
Metronomy
Eagles Of Death Metal
Queens Of The Stone Age
Who Killed Bruce Lee
Who Killed Bruce Lee LIVE
Tune-yards
Groundation
Who Killed Bruce Lee LIVE
Foals


[Photos by Tanya Traboulsi]

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Ruptured News // Jan 2013

The Incompetents‘ latest full-length CD, “Of Narcissism… And Other Minor Differences”, released in November 2012, is now available for sale in Lebanon at the following spots:
– Beirut Art Center (Sin el Fil)
– Dar Bookstore (Hamra)
– Chico Video (Hamra)
– Music Now (Hamra)


The following 2 CDs, which were released by the Berlin-based Syrphe label in the summer of 2012:
Infinite Moment Of Composure (Jawad Nawfal & Liliane Chlela): Turbulence
Tasjiil Moujahed (Munma & Kirdec): Self-titled
… are now available for sale in Lebanon at Beirut Art Center (Sin el Fil) and Music Now (Hamra)

Very nice artworks by Liliane Chlela and Maria Kassab, too!


There are only 10 copies remaining of the CD compilation The Ruptured Sessions volume 3, released in the summer of 2010, out of an initial run of 500.

This compilation features exclusive radio versions, recorded during the Ruptures program on Radio Lebanon 96.2FM, of tracks by Intensive Care (now Wake Island), Eileen Khatchadourian, Mashrou’ Leila, and others… These last 10 copies are found at Beirut Art Center (Sin el Fil, 5 copies) and Music Now (Hamra, 5 copies)… There will be no reprint — hurry up and get yours 🙂


CHARLIE RAYNE // Ruptured Session // 7 Jan 2013

Lebanese singer/songwriter Charlie Rayne was the guest of Ruptures for an interview and live performance, a few days following the release of his first album “Thirty Sunsets”.

Listen:
Charlie Rayne Part 01 + Charlie Rayne Part 02


Track listing:
Charlie Rayne
Bob Dylan
Robert Leslie
Charlie Rayne LIVE *Laura’s Song
The Tallest Man On Earth
The Incompetents
Charlie Rayne LIVE *Disposable Valentine
Daniel Johnston
Charlie Rayne LIVE *Madeleines
The Felice Brothers
Charlie Rayne LIVE *Subterranean Love
Mississippi John Hurt


[Photos by Tanya Traboulsi]

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MIKE COOPER // 2nd Ruptured Session // 27 Aug 2012

Experimental folk musician Mike Cooper was in Beirut for a few days last week, to take part in the Johnny Kafta Summer Extravaganza live event, alongside some renowned musicians from Canada and Lebanon. On a whim, I asked Mike if, instead of the traditional interview – songs – performance format, he would agree to play live for a full hour, uninterrupted… With his usual calm, he replied ‘Sure, I can do that for you’. And there you have it: a full hour of Mike Cooper improvising live in the studios of Radio Lebanon, with whatever instruments and materials he disposed of, on that evening. Fadi Tabbal engineered the whole thing, and it was rather splendid. Thank you, Mr. Cooper.


Press // The Ruptured Sessions Vol. 4

The Ruptured Sessions Volume 4

Volume 4 of celebrated CD series The Ruptured Sessions brings together a selection of some of the finest performers in the world of contemporary electronica, including artists Joseph Ghosn, Radwan Ghazi Moumneh, Munma and OkyDoky from Lebanon, as well as internationally celebrated musicians Tashweesh (Palestine), C-drík (Belgium), and Enduser (USA). The sessions were mastered in Germany by C-drík, in his Berlin studio.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“This week, local music mogul Ziad Nawfal, who hosts the Ruptures radio program, launched the fourth CD in a series of live session recordings. The Ruptured Sessions, Volume 4 is an experimental, electronic affair with seven different artists. “Untitled Sketch,” by Joseph Ghosn, is a gently contemplative minimalist piece. Tashweesh – an electronic multimedia project involving some former members of Palestinian hip hop crew Ramallah Underground – offers up a track of soulful hip hop […]. OkyDoky launches a synth-assault in the upbeat, electro-pop track “I am a robot.” Lebanese producer Ghazi Moumeh provides a glitchy slow-paced interlude with “Ya dam’ at al ‘ain.” C-Drik does high-pitched silence in “De vous je me détache,” a […] minimal track composed of occasional bell tolls and one long, drawn out cello note, that […] create a haunting atmosphere. Munma’s “Explorer + Soft integration” is dark brooding minimal tech. The final track from Enduser is the highlight of the album, incorporating a chaotic, bass-heavy jungle beat, samples of Tasmin Archer’s rather cheesy 90s hit “Sleeping Satellite,” and an oriental style dance-off with sweeping strings fighting against the grinding beat.”
(Natalie Shooter in NOW Lebanon, March 2012)

 

EL RASS & MUNMA // Ruptured Session // 20 Feb 2012

A couple of days prior to the release of their first recorded collaboration, “Kachf el Mahjoub / Unveiling the Hidden“, Lebanese artists EL RASS (Mazen el Sayed, words & vocals), and MUNMA (Jawad Nawfal, beats & electronic treatments), were the guest of Ruptures, for a presentation of the album and no less than three live performances. They were accompanied by Belgian electronic musician C-Drik, who spoke about the process of mastering the album.

Listen:
El Rass & Munma (20 Feb) part 1 + El Rass & Munma (20 Feb) part 2


Track listing:
El Rass & Munma *3
El Rass & Munma LIVE *Nou7
El Rass & Munma LIVE *Rissala
Boom Bip & Dose One
Munma
Radiokvm
El Rass & Munma LIVE


[Photos by Tanya Traboulsi]