Ruptured Live // THE INCOMPETENTS, NADINE KHOURI & MUNMA // The Basement

RUPTURED is proud to present FOND FAREWELLS

Three final nights of concerts at The Basement,
To celebrate the famed venue’s departure in style
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< Monday 3 January, 9pm >

The INCOMPETENTS
— CD launch party —
Opening by WHO KILLED BRUCE LEE
Feat. Dj BASILE
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< Tuesday 4 January, 9pm >

NADINE KHOURI
Featuring Djs AYLA & GEORGES
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< Wednesday 5 January, 9pm >

MUNMA
Opening by Jad ATOUI
Featuring Dj CAROLINE


 

DIAMOND SETTER // Ruptured Session // 25 Oct 2010

Kevork Keshishian, aka dance music producer Diamond Setter, produced his first-ever live electronic set, over the course of a memorable edition of “Ruptures” in Radio Lebanon’s studios.

As his bio tells us, Kevork’s stage-name is a reference to his previous occupation, when he used to spend strenuous hours in his workshop setting diamonds every day. He decided to relinquish this activity in 2008, and devote all his time to DJing and music production. Following stints in various Beiruti bars, Diamond Setter became a resident DJ at The Basement; there, he played alongside several international DJs and musicians, including Tigerskin, Scratch Massive, P-Toile and many others.

In parallel to his DJing activities, Diamond Setter holds an impressive track record in the field of production. His partnership with Lebanese DJ/producer Jade yielded a remix for Lebanese electro-rock band Lumi in 2007. The Jade & Diamond Setter duo went on to build a solid reputation as dance music producers, and their tracks received positive feedback on Lebanon’s dance floors. In 2009, Diamond Setter remixed Nina Simone’s “Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair” and Tunisian electro-jazz musician Dhafer Youssef’s “Man Of Wool”. More recent remix work includes Abe Duque’s “What Happened” and Gossip’s “Heavy Cross”, the latter in collaboration with German producer Lopazz.

His is the longest live set to be recorded for “Ruptures” yet. Clocking in at 34 minutes, it provides an exemplary outlook on this young DJ/producer’s range of styles and influences, from soul to funk, rock to electronica, to film soundtracks and way beyond.

Listen: Diamond Setter 1 + Diamond Setter 2


Track listing: 
Herbert
Index/Left
DIAMOND SETTER [live]
Yeasayer
John Coltrane


[Photo by Tanya Traboulsi]

Review // Jeff Martin (Tea Party, The Armada) // The Basement

[31 August 2010]

I stumbled on an archive of old photographs (well, not that old, as they are all digital) while going through my PC desktop at home. Local bands and musicians, foreign musicians playing in Lebanon, etc. Some interesting, most of them serving archival purposes, more than anything else.  I will be posting a selection of those photographs in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, here are some that my friend Salim took during Jeff Martin‘s concert at The Basement, last August. Jeff Martin used to sing with Canadian rockers The Tea Party, sometime during the 1990’s. Quite successfully, I might add; I have fond (listening) memories of a particular album entitled ‘The Edges of Twilight’…

A bit of a surprise, then, that a large part of Martin’s repertoire that night in Beirut consisted of covers, hovering over a large palette of the musical board: Massive Attack, Dead Can Dance, Nine Inch Nails, Joy Division, Led Zeppelin, The Doors, Keane (!), and of course Daniel Lanois…


[Photos by Salim Hbeiliny]

 

 

 

Ruptured Live // XEFM “Man With A Movie Camera” // The Basement

On February 6, 2009, Lebanese experimental rock band XEFM will take to the stage at The Basement, in Beirut, and create a new soundtrack to famed Russian art-house film Man with a Movie Camera. XEFM are no strangers to the Cinemix tradition, as they have already contributed a short piece of music to a Lebanese silent film shown recently at the ‘Né à Beirut’ festival. On this occasion, however, they will tackle an altogether grander task; that of providing a live musical accompaniment to a full-length, celebrated feature.

Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera was created in 1929. This controversial film is an extraordinary piece of film-making, a montage of urban Russian life, showing the people of the city at work and at play, and the machines that keep the city (Odessa and others) going. Shooting shops, traffic, children, coal miners, workers, human bodies, and nature, Vertov creates visual rhymes and graphic portraits of the structure of life and the explosion of perception. It was Vertov’s first full-length film, and he used all the cinematic techniques at his disposal – dissolves, double exposure, fast and slow motion,  freeze-frames, jump cuts, split screens, extreme close-ups, tracking shots, footage played backwards, and animations – to produce a work that is exhilarating and intellectually brilliant, a sublimely fluid vision of man, machine, and society.

The XEFM quartet of Charbel Haber (electric guitar), Tony Elieh (bass), Fadi Tabbal (electric guitar), and Abdallah Ko (guitar and electronics), created on their 1st release from 2008, a superb tapestry of sounds, hovering between ambient electronica and outlandish noise. It should be fascinating to hear them transpose their sound, one that is suffused with Beirut’s urban maze, into 1930’s Russian art-house cinema.


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JADE // Bande à Part Session #2 // 23 Nov 2007

Don’t Border me est né officiellement le 9 juin 2007,  à Montréal, grace aux efforts des journalistes Christelle Franca et Serge Abiaad. Le projet s’intéresse aux musiques et la création faite où les frontières géopolitiques sont trop rigides; là où la circulation des individus, des idées et d’une information honnête est aussi complexe qu’essentielle. Pour ses premiers pas, Don’t Border me a souhaité donner la parole à la musique libanaise actuelle.

Pour clôturer en beauté la première édition du projet Don’t Border me/Bande à Part, Jade (DJ résident et propriétaire du club The Basement à Beyrouth) livre un «DJ set» impressionant de maîtrise, et majoritairement dédié à la scène électronique locale.


Track listing:
1. SHANT: Kids
2. ROMAX: Not Meant To Be
3. AISHA: Get Togetha
4. FADY FERRAYE: Hashtray
5. MUNMA: City Traffic
6. ROMAX: Rosha
7. SHANT: Wandering
8. AISHA: Twist
9. MUNMA: Polymorph 2 + 3
10. SOAPKILLS: Tango


JADE // Bande à Part Session // 15 Nov 2007

Don’t Border me est né officiellement le 9 juin 2007,  à Montréal, grace aux efforts des journalistes Christelle Franca et Serge Abiaad. Le projet s’intéresse aux musiques et la création faite où les frontières géopolitiques sont trop rigides; là où la circulation des individus, des idées et d’une information honnête est aussi complexe qu’essentielle. Pour ses premiers pas, Don’t Border me a souhaité donner la parole à la musique libanaise actuelle.

DJ résident et propriétaire du club The Basement à Beyrouth, un des rares clubs digne de ce nom au Liban, et membre de la formation Blend, l’unique groupe de rock de la de la région à avoir été signé avec un label majeur (EMI), Jade est un poly-actif de la propagande musicale sur tous les fronts. Pendant que la guerre de 2006 entre Israël et le Liban fait rage, il organise même des soirées clubbing internationales de soutien à la Croix-Rouge Libanaise.

Invité de l’émission Ruptures sur 96.2FM, dans le cadre du projet Don’t Border me/Bande à Part, il donne aux auditeurs de Radio Liban (et de Radio Canada..) un aperçu de la scène musicale libanaise électronique à Beyrouth.

Ecouter:
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