U.S.-born musician Nathan Larson and Lebanese producer and promoter Ziad Nawfal were the guests of Leyla Nahas on Radio Liban 96.2FM, to describe the long road leading to the creation and production of Beirut Drone ’19.
Put together by Nawfal’s Ruptured and Larson’s Lumen Project, in partnership with Ziad Moukarzel’s Woodwork Studios, this 12-hour festival took place in Beirut on June 15 at Zoukak Studio, and featured no less than 21 Lebanese and international top-notch musicians and VJ’s.
1. Stephanie Merchak
2. Youmna Saba
3. Charbel Haber & Oiseaux-Tempête
4. Wildbirds & Peacedrums
5. Maria W. Horn
2018 marked the 10th anniversary of “The Ruptured Sessions”, a series of live performances set and conducted in the studios of Radio Lebanon, during Ziad Nawfal’s “Ruptures” show.
These sessions were (and still are) aimed at highlighting the best of what Lebanon has to offer, as far as local musical talent goes. The list is long and varied, and includes such artists as Nadine Khouri, Youmna Saba, Rayess Bek, Fareeq el Atrash, Mashrou’ Leila, Wanton Bishops, Who Killed Bruce Lee, Postcards, and many others.
To celebrate these live sessions’ 10 years of existence, we will be releasing this Christmas a set by Lebanese musician Salim Naffah aka Alko B, recorded on January 2nd, 2017. The session features tracks from Alko B’s first release, “Sex Tapes”, as well as a couple of new songs.
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.
I asked some of my favorite musicians from Beirut and beyond, to tell me what their favorite records of 2011 were…
Ziad Moukarzel: musician (Mocques, Anton Stator, formerly with Index/Left)
– Radiohead: TKOL Remixes 1234567
– Modeselektor: Monkey Town
– Hessle Audio Presents: 116 & Rising
– Martyn: Ghost People
– Matthew David: International EP
– Rustie: Glass Swords
– Various Artists: Let The Children Techno (Ed Banger Records)
– Beastie Boys: Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win
– Amon Tobin: ISAM
– Enduser: Even Weight
Lebanese musician Ziad Moukarzel, aka Mocques, was the guest of Ruptures for an interview + live electronic performance. Mocques’ ‘Ruptured’ showcase took place a couple of weeks following his first solo concert in Beirut, during which he played alongside local musicians Munma and Jad Atoui, and foreign musicians Kirdec (Belgium) and One Man Nation (Singapore).
Lebanese dubstep duo INDEX/LEFT (Ziad Moukarzel & Jawad Nawfal) were the guests of RUPTURES to present a selection of new tracks recorded exclusively for their BASEMENT concert of July 16. And by the same token, the two hyperactive boys offered Ruptures’ audience an overview of the Dubstep genre, from its early beginnings to the present day.
One of the first and foremost Lebanese artists operating in the field of electronica today, JAWAD NAWFAL has held live appearances in Lebanon and France, and regularly collaborated with Lebanese electronic musicians (including TRASH INC and dubstep project INDEX/LEFT). He has released 3 albums of ambient electronic music between 2006 and 2008 on Lebanese label Incognito, under the name Munma.
He was the guest of RUPTURES to present his 4th album “Previews & Premises”, a collection of tracks recorded by Nawfal between 2006 and 2010. Not exactly a compilation, not exactly a concept album either, this new release was accompanied by a live concert at The Basement, on May 14, which marked Munma’s first “solo” appearance on a Lebanese stage since 2007.