Karkhana, Rashad Becker and Eli Keszler

Event in collaboration with Rabih Beaini´s Morphine Records

Karkhana – Current line-up:
Mazen Kerbaj: trumpet, mezmar
Umut Çağlar: reeds, flutes
Sam Shalabi: oud, electric guitar
Sharif Sehnaoui: electric guitar
Maurice Louca: organ
Tony Elieh: electric bass
Michael Zerang: drums, percussion

Combining some of the most innovative players from each of three cities (Beirut – Cairo – Istanbul), Karkhana met in Beirut for the first time in February 2014. They had the very ambitious aim to bring together elements from the three major experimental music scenes of the area. The band’s music strives to create a unique musical blend combining free jazz and psychedelic with various shades of ethnic and traditional music, traces of shaabi, tarab. Building on the multi-instrumental capacities of its members, the group tries to develop what could possibly be called a “Free Middle-Eastern Music”.

“This Middle Eastern supergroup first got together to celebrate the music of Egyptian surf guitarist Omar Khorshid – who was also a key figure in Oum Kalthoum’s orchestra – but their remit has expanded somewhat and now they’re fully committed to outer-perimeter explorations in Krautrock-leaning, cosmic free jazz” – The Guardian

Photo: Klara Andersson

Eli Keszler is a New York-based artist, composer and percussionist. His compositions and visual works examine the limits of instrumentation, notation, and space in its institutional, musical and public form. Keszler’s sound installations, music and visual work have appeared at Lincoln Center, MIT List Center, Victoria & Albert Museum, Sculpture Center, The Kitchen, South London Gallery, Carpenter Center for The Visual Arts (Harvard), Luma-Foundation, Tectonics Festival (Harpa Hall) Reykjavik, Centraal Museum in Utrecht, Boston Center for the Arts, Barbican-St. Lukes, 3S Arts and Greater New York at MoMA PS1. His writing and work has appeared in Bomb Magazine, The New York Times, Wire Magazine, Frieze and Modern Painters.

Blessed with a heightened sensitivity to frequency and a love of bass and subbass, mastering engineer, sound artist and composer. Rashad Becker‘s live sets evolve around the angle of traditional music of notional species, a semi-abstract synthetic narrative that proves appealing to a remarkably wide audience. “I really don’t feel my music is experimental music. I reject that notion because I’m not experimenting.” –  Continue Reading