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

Terry Riley & Gyan Riley

September 27th, 2016
Zionskirche, Zionskirchplatz, 10119 Berlin
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Terry Riley piano, synthesizer and voice
Gyan Riley classical and electric guitars

This show is presented and produced in collaboration with Rabih Beaini’s Morphine Records. In partnership with: The Wire, Spex and Groove.

On September 27, acclaimed American minimalist Terry Riley and his son, the guitarist Gyan Riley, perform their first and only concert in Berlin this year. Taking place in the resonant space of Zionskirche, the program samples from both the synthesis of minimalism, jazz, ragtime and North Indian raga that have come to define Terry Riley’s diverse and prolific career, and Gyan Riley’s innovative compositional repertoire.

Terry Riley’s legacy traces back to 1964, when he diverted the course of modern music history with his minimalist masterwork, In C. Cited as influential to everyone from Steve Reich and Philip Glass to The Who, Riley’s polymetric, brightly orchestrated improvisations and compositions set the stage for a new tonality. His works have been performed by numerous artists and ensembles and have received many honors, including a Grammy nomination.

Gyan Riley has been hailed as a virtuosic guitarist working across the spheres of composition, improvisation and contemporary classical music. He has been commissioned by the Kronos Quartet, the Carnegie Hall Corporation and the American Composers Forum, and has performed with the extraordinary tabla player Zakir Hussain, Lou Reed, the San Francisco Symphony and, of course, his father, Terry Riley.

Nothing I have done in this life has given me more satisfaction than improvising on these songs with Gyan. Nothing I have done can match the intuitive synchronicity we have shared many times on the stage. Gyan supplies a brilliant counterpoint to the strands and moods of these pieces always surprising me with a virtuosity that serves and energizes his musical invention. I could not have dreamed up a better marriage of mind and spirit than this collaboration.” – Terry Riley

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Ghédalia Tazartès, Ben Vida, Rabih Beaini

Ghédalia Tazartès, Ben Vida, Rabih Beaini
Artwork by Philip Marshall
Artwork by Philip Marshall
Ghédalia Tazartès
Paris, France

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Born in 1947 in Paris, Tazartès has spent over thirty years within musical practice and experimentation, letting his musical work wander from chant to rhythm, from one voice to another. Utilising magnetic tape recorders, he paves the way for the electric and the vocal paths, between the muezzin psalmody and the screaming of a rocker. He traces vague landscapes where the mitre of the white clown, the plumes of the sorcerer, the helmet of a cop and Parisian an hydride collide into polyphonic ceremonies. He recorded alone a dozen of albums, calling his way of working “Impromuz” for lack of a better term. Before the years 2000s, his public appearances remained exceptional events. In 2004, Ghédalia finally decided to do live performances again. He first worked with other musicians (Les Reines d’Angleterre, David Fenech & Jac Berrocal, Norscq & Black Sifichi, Nicolas Lelièvre) and is now a solo performing artist (although his very young son sometimes joins him on stage!).

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Ben Vida
Lives and works in New York, US.

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Ben Vida is a New York–based artist and composer. He has been an active member of the international experimental music community for two decades with a long list of collaborators, bands, and releases to his credit. In the mid 90ʼs he cofounded the group Town and Country and has since worked as a solo artist with releases on such labels as PAN, Alku, Shelter Press, and Kranky.

He has presented works in a range of museums, galleries, and music venues including MoMA, The Kitchen, MCA Chicago, ICA London, Audio Visual Arts, Lisa Cooley Gallery, Leap Gallery Berlin, The Artistʼs Institute, and the Sydney Opera House.

Rabih Beaini
lives and works in Berlin

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Lebanese-born producer and DJ Rabih Beaini (formerly known as Morphosis) specializes in grainy, imaginative analogue techno. In the past year however, his Morphine label has telescoped in on key (often overlooked) voices in avant-garde electronic and outernational music.

As Morphosis, Beaini has been crafting away in the nether-regions of the techno underworld since the 90s. Having cut his teeth as a DJ, a move to Italy in 1996 proved the catalyst to start experimenting in the studio.

Beaini’s genuine musical ability and a range of influences—from krautrock to new wave—seep into his inventive, dark, and emotional productions and immersive DJ sets. These influences also find their way into Beani’s productions with the Upperground Orchestra, a multi-headed improvisational ensemble that explores the terrain between electronica, techno, and improvisational jazz.