Ruptured Live // RADIOKVM Launch Concert // Beirut Art Center

Ruptured presents
Launch concert for RADIOKVM‘s first vinyl release ISSRAR
Featuring live music by Radiokvm & live video by Rami el Sabbagh

Hailing from Beirut, Lebanon, SARY MOUSSA aka RADIOKVM is a self-taught electronic musician. Constantly busy absorbing, analyzing and trying to reproduce in his own manner the ambient sounds surrounding him, he started taking music lessons as a kid, but soon found out that experimentation, e-learning, reading and trial and error processes were a lot more efficient and interesting. He was into making electronic music, and no one around him knew what a synth, a filter or a drum machine were!

Moussa grew up listening to rock and jazz, before delving headlong into electronica. He started crafting his own melodies under the moniker radiokvm in 2008. He collaborated closely with Lebanese producer Okydoky, organizing live gigs and releasing a batch of demos; the two men became notorious on the live circuit of Beirut’s electronic scene. In later years, Moussa collaborated with Lebanese electronic producers Munma, Jad Atoui, and Liliane Chlela, releasing both remixes and original compositions for label compilations; he has also composed music for theatre and dance performances (Ali Chahrour’s ‘Fatmeh’), as well as soundtracks for short films.

Born in Beirut in 1979, Rami el Sabbagh is a Lebanese video maker. He graduated from the Institute of Scenic and Audio-Visual Studies (IESAV), Saint Joseph University in Beirut in 2004. His videos include ‘C’est de ta faute, quelque part’ (It’s Somewhat Your Fault, 2003), ‘2mg of Rotten Blood on Pure White Snow’, and ‘The Last Hero’ (2012). He is also a VJ since 2005 and a DJ since 2006.


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POSTCARDS // Ruptured Session // 11 Nov 2013

Lebanese up-and-coming folk band POSTCARDS were the guests of Ruptures on Monday 11 November 2013, for an interview and some exclusive live performances. The band released its first EP, “Lakehouse”, during the summer of 2013. Their line-up for this session consisted of Julia Sabra (vocals, ukulele & guitar), Marwan Tohme (guitar & vocals), Rani Bechara (bass & backing vocals) and Pascal Semerdjian (drums & backing vocals).

Listen: Ruptures Postcards (part 1) + Ruptures Postcards (part 2)


[Photos by Tanya Traboulsi]

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UNDER THE CARPET // Ruptured Session // 10 Sept 2012

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.

Listen: UTC Ruptures (part 1) + UTC Ruptures (part 2)


Track listing:
Under The Carpet
Under The Carpet (live)
Paed Conca (solo)
The Imaginary Soundscapes
Under The Carpet (live)


[Photos by Rachel Tabet]


(2011 end-of-year lists) – FADI TABBAL

I asked some of my favorite musicians from Beirut and beyond, to tell me what their favorite records of 2011 were…

Fadi Tabbal: producer, sound engineer, musician (The Incompetents, Under The Carpet, XEFM, Robert Polson)

– Tim Hecker: Ravedeath, 1972
– Fleet Foxes: Helplessness Blues
– Bon Iver: Self-titled
– Destroyer: Kaputt
– James Blake: Self-titled
– M83: Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming
– Tom Waits: Bad As Me
– The Weeknd: House Of Balloons
– Wilco: The Whole Love
– WU LYF: Go Tell Fire To The Mountain
and of course,
– The Beach Boys: The Smile Sessions (boxset)

THE INCOMPETENTS // Ruptured Session #2 // 17 Oct 2011

With a new album (almost) in hand, two concerts scheduled for late October and early November 2011, and another full-blown album in the works, it was high time that The Incompetents (Serge Yared and Fadi Tabbal) took over the studios of Radio Lebanon again, with their ranting, raving, on-air arguments, and of course, some pretty competent music playing!

Listen: Incompetents (part 1) + Incompetents (part 2)


Track listing:
Disposable Valentine
Cannibal Blues
This Gun’s for Hire
Prelude To An Abyss
Bloody Rainbow (Daniel Johnston cover)
When God’s Away On Business (Tom Waits cover)
Cannibal Blues [again, because the first one did not work out so well]
After Hours (Velvet Underground cover)
High Horse (feat. Wissam Charaf)


[Photos by Tanya Traboulsi + Ghalas Charara]

SANDMOON // Ruptured Session // 5 Nov 2010

Singer/songwriter Sandra Arslanian, aka SANDMOON, was the guest of Ruptures to present the release of her first album, RAW. Accompanied by guitarist Elia Monsef, she performed three excerpts from the album, live inthe studios of Radio Lebanon. Sandmoon was one of the finalists of Radio Liban 96.2FM ‘Nouvelles Musiques’ competition, which took place in 2009 and saw a host of young Lebanese artists sending their demos to Radio Lebanon.

Listen hereSandmoon 1 + Sandmoon 2


Track listing:
Sandmoon
Syd Matters
Radiohead
Emily Jane White
dEUS
Beth Gibbons
Angus & Julia Stone


Review // Scrambled Eggs // Johnny Kafta’s Kids Menu

[April 2010]

A few hours ago, I caught myself trying to remember the first time I watched Scrambled Eggs perform live, here in Beirut or elsewhere. I couldn’t. Either my memory has started to fail me, or I’ve seen Charbel & co perform so often, and under so many guises, that the performances have merged into one gigantic, noisy blur in my head. Which makes these CD releases that much more vital, and evidently indispensable.

Both of these albums were released in April 2010, during the 10th edition of Irtijal Festival. They are the product of a new label, equipped with a fabulously sleazy logo (see below), entitled ‘Johnny Kafta’s Kids Menu‘. The records mark an intense bout of activity for Scrambled Eggs (a trio of Charbel Haber -guitar-, Tony Elieh -bass-, and Malek Rizkallah -drums-), beginning towards the end of 2008, and extending early into 2009. The tracks were completed in Fadi Tabbal’s Tunefork Studios.

The first of the CD’s consists of sessions recorded with the ‘A’ Trio (Mazen Kerbaj -trumpet-, Sharif Sehnaoui -guitar-, and Raed Yassin -double bass-), comprising two long tracks, epic, dissonant, and sinuous, and a third, shorter, “rockier” ditty, a tribute of sorts to early Japanese animé “Grendizer”. Interesting to hear Yassin, Kerbaj and Elieh scream Arabic insults over noisy, distorted accompaniment. And highly recommended. Also recommended is local Lebanese producer Diamond Setter‘s remix of the title track, “Beach Party at Mirna el Chalouhi”. You can listen to that one here:

http://soundcloud.com/diamond-setter/scrambled-eggs-a-trio-beach-party-at-mirna-el-chalouhi-diamond-setters-whatever-you-want-rework

The 2nd album, “Scrambled Eggs & Friends”, was recorded with various musicians hailing from Beirut’s (and Paris’) experimental scenes, namely Joe Ghosn (laptop & electronics), Abdallah Ko (guitar & electronics), Stéphane Rives (saxophone), Fadi Tabbal (guitar), as well as the aforementioned Kerbaj and Sehnaoui. Here, Scrambled Eggs indulge in newfound musical directions and tangents, far from the regular rock format, and marrying with grand ease experimentation, improvisation, and noise. I love the stuff. And the visuals too (these are by Mazen Kerbaj). Ya 3akarit.