Ziad Nawfal presents
THE RUPTURED SESSIONS, VOLUME 5
CD release + live performances
LIVE PERFORMANCES BY:
DJ SET BY:
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.
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.
Stéphane Rives (musician, The Incompetents / Under The Carpet / The Imaginary Soundscapes)
1- Tindersticks: The Something Rain
2- Godspeed You! Black Emperor: ‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
3- The Caretaker: Extra Patience (After Sebald)
4- Swans: The Seer
5- Grizzly Bear: Shields
6- Animal Collective: Centipede Hz
7- The Flaming Lips: The Flaming Lips & Heady Fwends
8- Of Montreal: Paralytic Stalks
9- Venetian Snares: Affectionate
10- The XX: Coexist
A few days prior to the launch of their 1st album at Metro al-Madina in Beirut, the French / Lebanese / Swiss trio of Stéphane Rives (laptop), Fadi Tabbal (guitar & iPad) and Paed Conca (electric bass & clarinet), better known as Under The Carpet, were the guests of Ruptures 96.2FM for an interview and live performance.
UTC Ruptures (part 1) + UTC Ruptures (part 2)
Under The Carpet
Under The Carpet LIVE
The Imaginary Soundscapes
Under The Carpet LIVE
[Photos by Rachel Tabet]
UNDER THE CARPET is the trio of Paed CONCA (Switzerland), Stéphane RIVES (France) and Fadi TABBAL (Lebanon).
UNDER THE CARPET is a musical trio based in Beirut, formed in 2011 by Swiss musician Paed Conca, French musician Stéphane Rives, and Lebanese musician Fadi Tabbal.
PAED CONCA is an experienced and seasoned musician in the fields of experimental music, improvised music and electronica. He has also written music for theatre, dance, film productions and small ensembles, and has toured extensively in Europe, Russia, Japan and Lebanon, with a vast array of international musicians, for the past 20 years.
STÉPHANE RIVES comes from the world of free jazz and improvised music, and has contributed on a regular basis to Lebanon’s Festival of improvised music, Irtijal, since its inception in the year 2001. He has written music for theatre, dance and film, and has toured extensively in Europe.
FADI TABBAL is one of the most active musicians in Beirut’s alternative rock & pop scene, as a member of several groups and projects, and as the owner and sound engineer of the famed Tunefork Recording Studios.
THE IMAGINARY SOUNDSCAPES is the electronic version of a meeting between STÉPHANE RIVES, who following his early 2010 solo project, Islets of Memories, uses re-worked samples from his discography, mixed with recordings from his daily life and sound environment, and FRÉDÉRIC NOGRAY, who returns to his early research on feedback, here caused and moderated in real time by three effects pedals, oscillating between minimalism and psychedelia.
A WAY OUT BY KNOWING SMILE is the first recorded collaboration between Rives and Nogray, and is released by the Ruptured label.
Saxophone player Stéphane Rives is best known for his sine wave playing of said instrument, whereas Frédéric Nogray may seem a new name. He plays effect pedals here, whereas Rives limits himself to laptop […] In his laptop Rives [disposes of] samples of his discography, which he reworks in this recording, made in June 2010 in Beirut […] The piece is divided in two parts, both called ‘A Way Out By Knowing Smile’ […] [The music seems to be] generated through improvisation, but it doesn’t actually sound like it. It’s an excellent work of low humming […] sine wave-like sounds, which are cleverly woven together into some highly sensitive, concentrated bits of music […] A fine work, I’d say, with some great intensity and sounding like an improvisation of composed materials, or perhaps a composition of improvised parts […] Great work!
(Franz de Waard in Vital Weekly)
French musician Frédéric Nogray was the guest of Ruptures to present his one-off live performance with Stéphane Rives in Beirut, which took place a couple of days later at Walimat Warde.
Frederic Nogray part 1 + Frederic Nogray part 2
Le musicien français Stéphane Rives se prête au jeu de l’interview et du “live showcase” sur Ruptures 96.2FM, en présentation de sa performance “Islets of Memory” au Beirut Art Center.
Stephane Rives part 1 + Stephane Rives part 2
[Photo de Tanya Traboulsi]
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.
STÉPHANE RIVES, musicien, ingénieur du son, organisateur de concerts en France, et contributeur régulier au Festival de Musique Improvisée Irtijal, en session live dans les studios de Radio Liban.
ruptures steph rives I + ruptures steph rives II
[Photo de Youmna Habbouche]