Irtijal 2018

In 2018, and for the first time in its long history, Irtijal will take place in two separate installments: the Festival’s 18th edition consists of a two-fold program that pays homage to the purest expression of experimental music, on the one hand, while showcasing tumultuous rock alternatives on the other.
We are proud to welcome, after much courting and missed opportunities, famed Australian trio The Necks, whose elevated music defines any sort of graspable categorization.

They are only one of many highlights of Irtijal’18, alongside brilliant French free-rock collective Oiseaux-Tempête, as well as a host of local favorites, both young and experienced, straddling the genres of electronica, post-rock and modern Middle Eastern forms.
True to its tradition, Irtijal is pursuing its mission of promoting contemporary and experimental music practices, all the while presenting artistic projects that do not necessarily belong within the Lebanese mainstream, yet present undeniable value and novelty.

Day 1 - Thursday March 29, 2018

Metro Al Madina, Hamra – 8:30pm

Claus Boesser-Ferrari
Claus Boesser-Ferrari guitar

The Necks
Chris Abrahams piano
Lloyd Swanton double-bass
Tony Buck drums

Fadi Tabbal electric guitar, electronics
Mme Chandelier electric guitar, electronics

Day 2 - Friday March 30, 2018

Beirut Art Centre, Jsr El-Wati – 8:00pm

Raed Yassin “You Can’t Hum While Holding Your Nose”
Music for Humming Whistling Clapping w/ Hashem Adnan, Haitham Alwan, Racha Baroud, Donna Khalife, Youmna Saba, Petra Serhal and others. 

Leyya Mona Tawiil dance
Mike Khoury violin

Irena Tomažin & Michael Zerang
Irena Tomažin
Michael Zerang

Paed Conca clarinet
Axel Doerner trumpet
John Edwards double-bass
Fabrizio Spera drums

Day 3 - Thursday April 5, 2018

Zoukak Studio, Qarantina – 8:30pm

Joe Kareh
bass guitar, vocals
Paul Toubia guitar, synth
Anthony Hakim guitar
Gabriel Sarkissian drums

Frédéric D. Oberland electric guitar
Stéphane Pigneul electric bass
G.W.Sok vocals
Mondkopf electronics
Sylvain Joasson drums
As Human Pattern video
feat. special guest Youmna Saba oud

Tasjiil Moujahed
C-drík electronics
Jawad Nawfal (Munma) electronics

DJ Set
Rabih Beaini


Day 4 - Friday April 6, 2018

Zoukak Studio, Qarantina – 8:30pm

Hans Tammen “Endangered Guitar” 
Hans Tammen electric guitar, electronics

Kōzō 構造  
Joe A. Antoun synthesizer
Charbel A. Chakra bass
Camille Cabbabé guitar
Elie R. Khoury drums
Georgy Flouty guitar
Andrew Georges guitar

Khyam Allami “Terry Riley’s In C
(Maqam Rast remodel)”
Khyam Allami electronics

Umut Çağlar zurna
, guimbri, percussion
Mazen Kerbaj trumpet, electronics
Sam Shalabi oud, electric guitar
Sharif Sehnaoui electric guitar
Maurice Louca organ
Tony Elieh electric bass
Michael Zerang drums, percussion

DJ Sets
Ziad Nawfal

Irtijal 2018 edition is organised in partnership with Ruptured, Tunefork And with the support of Goethe Institute, Institut Français, Step Beyond, Zoukak Theater Company, Beirut Art Center, Metro Al Madina & Illy.