Day 1 – Detailed Program
Friday March 29th, 2019
at Metro Al Madina, Hamra – 8.30 pm
John Butcher & Mark Sanders “Tarab Cuts”
John Butcher saxophones, sound files, feedback
Mark Sanders drums, percussion
The genesis of “Tarab Cuts” dates back to
“Tarab Cuts” expands this earlier work into a concert presentation – utilizing re-imaginings of many other recorded sources and adding UK percussionist Mark Sanders.
Whilst it takes inspiration from early Arabic classical, secular and Sufi music it is not an attempt to copy this music, but rather an interaction across decades and cultures that throws an intriguing light on the contemporary musical practice of Butcher and Sanders.
Yorgos Stenos Frantzios amplified objects & toys, saxophone, electronics
Yorgos Mizithras 0-input mixer, cracked media
Yorgos Stavridis percussion, electronics
Manthos Karras turntable, samples
Trigger Happy is a 4-piece band formed in Corfu, Greece, 2016. They are known for their high-energy performances using an elaborate blend of toys, cracked-media, conventional instruments, electronic and electroacoustic contraptions. They utilize walls of noise, microsounds, serene drones, found media and disintegrating loops as interchangeable sound-blocks in improvisatory structures. Informed by polystylism, sound collage, and cut-up, all the elements are juxtaposed in contrasting fast-paced changes and abrupt cuts. Each performance is dictated by a unique event score, devised by the group. Trigger Happy is also the driving force behind the Κε.Δι.Μου.Ρα collective, which researches and explores collaborative and playful ways of musical interaction, performance, and composition.
Two or the Dragon with Joss Turnbull & Pablo Giw
Pablo Giw trumpet
Abed Kobeissy bowed buzuq, electric buzuq, effects
Joss Turnbull tombak
Two or the Dragon is the electro-acoustic duo of Abed Kobeissy and Ali Hout. Interested in urban sounds and Arabic music, this Lebanese duo approaches Beirut’s urban soundscapes as a local
German musicians Joss Turnbull & Pablo Giw create a delicate thunderstorm of beats, breath sounds and ambient soundscapes on two simple acoustic instruments: the Iranian tombak drum and the extended trumpet. Both musicians operate as soloists as well as duo partners. Preparations like rubber and tremolo sticks, loose trumpet valves or spring drum see Turnbull and Giw weaving a dense texture of sound and noise. In a playful and unpretentious manner, their music develops into a vortex of slow and complex compositions.
Metro Al Madina
Irtijal’20 is made possible with the support of Onassis Cultural Center; Borderline Festival; Goethe Institute; British Council; Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival; Ruptured; Tunefork Studios; Studio Safar & Illy.