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City Of Salt is an improvisation trio formed by Paed Conca (Switzerland), Omar Dewachi (Iraq/Canada), and Sam Shalabi (Canada), in the early months of 2012.

The three musicians were the guests of Ziad Nawfal’s Ruptures radio program for an interview & live performance, a few weeks prior to the release of their first album, Towers Open Fire, and a promotional tour in the UK.

Click on the following links to listen to the show:
City of Salt (part 1) + City of Salt (part 2)
[Live sound by Fadi Tabbal]

Playlist:
City Of Salt [live #1] / Shalabi Effect (Ziad’s choice) / City Of Salt / The Velvet Underground (Sam’s choice) / City Of Salt [live #2] / Rasheed al Qundarji (Omar’s choice) / Bushwac (Paed’s choice) / City Of Salt [live #3]

[Pictures by Tanya Traboulsi]

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I asked some of my favorite musician and artist friends, from Beirut and beyond, to list their 10 favorite albums of 2012…
Alternately, they could also provide me with a list of the records they listened to the most in 2012, regardless of date of release.

Sam Shalabi (musician, Shalabi Effect / Land Of Kush)
http://www.alien8recordings.com/artists/sam-shalabi

Not all from this year… and some just various stuff by those named:

– Beach House: Bloom
– Alexandre St-Onge: D’Ailleurs
– Eric Chenaux: Guitar & Voice
– Laurie Spiegel: The Expanding Universe
– Scott Walker: Bish Bosch
– The Grateful Dead: The Golden Road
– Various Artists: Pictures Of Sound, One Thousand Years Of Educed Audio (980-1980)
– Morton Feldman: Crippled Symmetry
– Lukas Ligeti: African Machinery
– Robert Ashley: Outside Of Time (it’s a book)
– Milton Nascimento: Milton 1970
– Rolling Stones: Some Girls
– Henry Cowell
– Luigi Nono
– Charlie Parker
– Bobbie Gentry
– Cairo (the city)

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As one third of Sun City Girls, Alan Bishop is one of the towering figures of the American musical underground of the last 30 years, and his musical output knows very few boundaries, whether in his solo guise as Alvarius B., or through the global releases of the Sublime Frequencies label, which he’s operated since 2003. Sam Shalabi is a key musician in Montreal’s experimental scene, with Egyptian roots and a decisively warped approach to music-making. He is best known as a founding member of the Shalabi Effect quartet, and appears regularly in various free improv and avant-rock ensembles. Shalabi recently founded Land Of Kush, an intriguing orchestra inspired by the Egyptian big-bands of the 60’s and 70’s, which has released two records to date.

Sam Shalabi and Alan Bishop are old friends, but their delirious piece for Plot for a Biennial, the music section of Sharjah’s 10th Biennial, saw them collaborating for the first time. Prior to this evening’s performance, the two musicians had spent several weeks in Sharjah in order to record ambient soundscapes and impregnate themselves with the mood of the city. The resulting performance integrated pre-recorded sound fragments, live playing (Shalabi on electric guitar and oud, Bishop on amplified acoustic guitar), and Bishop’s inevitable and riotous ranting and raving.

Bishop spent the first few minutes of the set walking among the seated audience, hiding his face behind a scarf and sporting a colorful umbrella, while Shalabi triggered the electronic soundscapes and improvised on guitar. Bishop eventually climbed on stage, at which point proceedings took on a more dramatic turn — in the Shakespearean sense of the word. Standing behind a cluttered table, he relied on various objects (a torchlight, a portable radio, menus for local restaurants, artist catalogues, to name but these) to deliver a captivating spoken-word “routine”, adeptly mixing deadpan humor, vaudeville, and hilarious assessments of the Sharjah milieu. T-shirts decorated with the sentence “E = Tahrir Square” were blasted towards the audience; dog yelps and various animal sounds were emitted; and Stevie Wonder, playing on the same night in neighboring Abu Dhabi, was saluted sarcastically. The two men ended their hour-long performance with a magnificent improvised duet of oud and acoustic guitar.

[Photos by Ziad Nawfal]

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