Irtijal 2021

What can be said about our Lebanon in the year 2021? Let us not attempt to put into words the hardships that have and are still befalling our country, our citizens, our musicians and cultural operators, our venues and places of congregation, in recent months… At Irtijal, with many of our friends and collaborators exiting the local scene, we felt it was our duty to hold this current edition and attempt to give something back to this city that has nurtured us for over 20 years.
We are happy to host a mostly local edition for 3 intensive days. Happy to welcome some of our expatriated musicians, who have chosen to brave ever-increasing travel restrictions to be with us. Happy to finally launch our incredibly exciting Istimrar commissions project. Happy to present a festival focused on workshops and collaborations, one of Irtijal’s constant goals over the years.
See you next week, hopefully.

Day 1 – Wednesday, September 15th, 2021

Metro Al Madina, Hamra – 8.00pm

Maurice Louca – Solo

Maurice Louca guitar, synth

Fadi Tabbal & Julia Sabra

Fadi Tabbal synth
Julia Sabra voice, synth

Conca/Koch Beirut Septet

Caroline Ann Baur laptop, synth
Paed Conca clarinet
Akram Hajj drums
Mortada Hariri oud
Hans Koch clarinet
Marc Ernest synth
Zakaria Al Omar voice

Day 2 – Thursday, September 16th, 2021

Beirut Art Center – 8.00pm

Hans Koch – Solo

Hans Koch clarinet

Jawad Nawfal & Elyse Tabet

Jawad Nawfal modular synth
Elyse Tabet modular synth

Mazen Kerbaj’s Synesthesia

Shakeeb Abu Hamdan drums
Jad Atoui modular synth
Mazen Kerbaj drawing
Abed Kobeissy buzuk, electronics
Sary Moussa synth, electronics
Malek Rizkallah drums
Sharif Sehnaoui guitar

Istimrar Phase 1

Commissions Launch

Day 3 – Friday, September 17th, 2021

The Ballroom Blitz – 8.00pm

Bana Haffar

Hans Joachim Irmler’s Beirut Ensemble

Sandy Chamoun voice
Antonio Hajj bass
Hans-Joachim Irmler synth, conduction
Farah Kaddour buzuk
Anthony Sahyoun guitar, synth
Pascal Semerdjian drums
Marwan Tohme guitar

Bakisa – Hybrid Set

Moe Choucair laptop, electronics

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