CALAMITA, the free-rock powerhouse trio of Lebanese musicians Sharif Sehnaoui and Tony Elieh (on electric guitar and bass respectively) and drummer Davide Zolli (from Italian psych rock outfit Squadra Omega) embarks on its first European tour this coming week!
The band’s self-titled first album was released by Ruptured in December 2017.
Check it out on Bandcamp below:
– Oct 22: Calamita @ Cox 18, Milano, Italy
– Oct 24: Calamita @ Magasin Général, Tarnac, France
– Oct 26: Calamita @ Atelier de l’Etoile, Besançon, France
– Oct 27: Calamita @ Les Lentilleres, Dijon, France
– Oct 28: Calamita @ Cave 12, Geneva, Switzerland
Calamita (Sharif Sehnaoui, Tony Elieh & Davide Zolli) – Calamita
CD Release by Ruptured, December 2017
Launch concert at Beirut Open Space on December 19, 2017
For its new CD release “Calamita”, Lebanese indie label Ruptured presents a concert with a unique line-up of experimental musicians: Sharif Sehnaoui (electric guitar) & Tony Elieh (electric bass), from bands Bao, Electric Wormholes and Karkhana, will be joined by special guests Khyam Allami (drums) & Sam Shalabi (electric guitar), playing live for the 1st time at Beirut Open Space.
Facebook event here
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.
Tony Elieh (musician, Scrambled Eggs / Johnny Kafta’s Anti-Vegetarian Orchestra)
1- Scott Walker: Bish Bosch
2- Tom Waits: Bad As Me
3- A Place To Bury Strangers: Worship
4- Avikko: Novo Atlantis
5- Earth: Angels Of Darkness, Demons Of Light II
6- Sonny Sharrock: Black Woman
7- The Necks: Mindset
8- Gang Gang Dance: Eye Contact
9- Various Artists: Lost Highway (OST)
10- Pixies: Surfer Rosa
RADWAN GHAZI MOUMNEH, musicien (Jerusalem In My Heart), ingénieur du son, producteur (Clues, Land of Kush), fondateur du studio montréalais Hotel2Tango en 2005 (le studio qui a accueilli entre autres les Godspeed You! Black Emperor, A Silver Mt Zion, le regretté Vic Chesnutt, etc.)… Radwan est accompagné de Pierre-Guy Blanchard, l’un de ses compères au sein du groupe Jerusalem In My Heart.
Et en concert (électrique!) durant cette même émission, le groupe de punk-rock libanais SCRAMBLED EGGS (Charbel Haber – guitare; Tony Elieh – basse; Malek Rizkallah – batterie), pour la promotion de leur concert au Basement le 27 Décembre. Belle façon de clôturer cette année 2009!
Ecouter: Radwan SE part 1 + Radwan SE part 2
De La Caucase
[Photos de Tanya Traboulsi]
SCRAMBLED EGGS: Dedicated To Foes Celebrating Friends (Incognito, 2009)
Hot on the heels of the haunted soundtrack they’ve created for the Joreige/Hadjithomas film ‘Je Veux Voir’, Lebanese punk icons Scrambled Eggs end their busy year with this “modest” 2-song release, which does however hold a host of surprises.
The year 2008 saw the Eggs part ways with their guitarist, Marc Codsi, an active contributor to the band’s sound since 2001. Codsi’s tumultuous departure, in addition to the wealth of experience gathered from working with various musicians throughout the year, infiltrate the tracks featured here, and lend them a primal, DIY quality. The sophistication of the ‘Je Veux Voir’ soundtrack is eschewed in favor of a raw, abrasive sound, harking back to the punk aesthetic of the ‘Happy Together Filthy Forever’ EP, released in 2006.
The single was recorded with little budget, in lo-fi conditions that seep through the music and lyrics. The band, reduced to the core trio of Haber on guitar and vocals, Elieh on bass, and Rizkallah on drums, displays a frantic desire to land back on its feet after a period of artistic self-doubt, and succeeds in doing so admirably. Of the six or seven songs that the Eggs wrote and tested on the road in September 2008, 2 were selected for this single release, and a third, a furious cover of Abba’s ‘Lay All Your Love On Me’, is hidden at the far end of the CD. Also hidden away at the far reaches of this release are a selection of musical snippets and oddities, selected by band-leader Charbel Haber with able help from Tunefork Studio’s maestro Fadi Tabbal.
This basic, back-to-the-roots package is a masterful way to end a difficult year, and an able return to form from one of the most revered band on Beirut’s alternative music scene.
CHARBEL HABER, du groupe de Rock Libanais SCRAMBLED EGGS, était l’invité de RUPTURES ‘ZOOM SUR’, le Lundi 17 Novembre, a 20h sur les ondes de RADIO LIBAN…
Accompagné uniquement de sa guitare (électrique), il tente le périlleux exercice du live… L’occasion de découvrir un talent gigantesque, qui prend toute son ampleur dans ces conditions de studio “minimales”.
charbel-haber-17-nov-08-part-1 + charbel-haber-17-nov-08-part-2
Charbel Haber LIVE
Faith No More
Charbel Haber LIVE
Charbel Haber LIVE *2
[Photo de Tony Elieh]
I asked the main actors of this here blog (mostly musicians, of course, but also friends, family, support-givers…) to provide me with a list (5 to 20 albums) of their favorite records of the year.
The results are slowly coming in. There are surprises, resemblances, similarities, incongruous choices… I’ve left the responses intact, exactly as I received them, along with my friends’ comments. So here goes:
Charbel Haber, Tony Elieh, Malek Rizkallah: musicians (Scrambled Eggs)
“Ten 2008 releases that can help keep Beirut weird”
MGMT: Oracular Spectacular
Radiohead: In Rainbows
Raveonettes: lust lust lust
Sonic Youth: Master-Dik
The Incompetents: More Songs From The Victorious City
Silver Mt. Zion: 13 blues for thirteen moons
Christine Sehnaoui/Michel Waisviz: Shortwave