Axel Dörner trumpet - Franz Hautzinger trumpet - Mazen Kerbaj trumpet - Carl Ludwig Hübsch tuba - recorded (on the 20th and 21st of november 2013) and mastered by Fadi Tabbal at Tunefork studio, Beirut – mixed by Carl Ludwig Hübsch, Mazen Kerbaj and Fadi Tabbal.
Artwork & design by Mazen Kerbaj, inside photo by Tony Elieh, produced in lebanon by Al Maslakh
Tracklisting: 1. Mar Mikhael in The Afternoon 2. Gemmayzeh Drinks 3. Armenian Coffee 4. Hamra Drinks 5. The Last Supper in Sin el Fil
THE HISTORICAL CONCERTS: In July 2005, the Irtijal festival proposed two concerts(*) of the Brötzmann / Zerang duo in Beirut. This first appearance of German Free Jazz and Improv legend Peter Brötzmann on the middle-eastern/arabic underground scene definitely left a mark on both the players and the audience. Brötzmann's raw energy found in Beirut "naturally" trained ears to react to his music. The intensity of his playing surprised at first an audience new to this kind of music, then drowned everybody in its tornado.
Zerang's performance is not a usual drummer's one. Not even in Brötzmann's standards. Rarely in the role of the accompanying rythmic partner, he is the perfect match to engage a dialog with the sax player. Passing from complex and intense rhythms to a minimalist/reductionist solo, Zerang ensorcelled the crowd, especially when he played hard-core rhythms and extended techniques on the lebanese national percussion instrument, the darbuka (or debakeh).
THE HISTORICAL CD: Besides the encounter with a new audience, these concerts were also the occasion for the first duo between Brötzmann and Zerang who share a decade of strong musicianship in groups like the Brötzmann/McPhee/Kessler/Zerang quartet or the Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet. The complicity between the musicians is evident from the first to the last sound, and the result is a CD that will definitely have a prominent place in the long Brötzmann history of sax/drums duos started in the seventies with Dutch drummer Han Bennink.
Mazen Kerbaj, march 2006 (*) this CD documents the second concert.
Tracklisting: 1. Illusion Of Progress 2. Yalla Kholoud 3. A Daytime Nightmare 4. Banyan Revolution
Born in Beirut on June 1, 1978. Co-founder and member of Lebanese post-punk group Scrambled Eggs.
Founder of experimental music record label Those Kids Must Choke in 2004. Active member of the Lebanese free improvisation scene and part of MILL(Musique Improvisee Libre au Liban) association since 2002 Member and co-founder of free improvisation group BAO trio, member of the Lebanese free improvisation big ensemble, Moukhtabar Ensemble.
Also works under the monikers, La Chambre, and Kitano Home Ensemble. He has also collaborated with musicians and artists such as Michael Zerang, Gene Coleman, Justice Yeldham And The Dynamic Ribbon Machine, Jean Pallandre, Laurent Grappe, Tadahiko Yokogawa, Discipline, Stephane Rives, Mazen Kerbaj, Sharif Sehnaoui, David Stackenas, Mats Gustafsson, Annette Krebs, Christine Sehnaoui, Raed Yassin…
Recorded mixed and mastered by Fadi Tabbal at Tunefork studios on the 16th and 17th of January 2012. All track titles are taken from Roberto Bolaño's novel "Nazi Literature in the Americas" Artwork and design by Mazen Kerbaj. Produced in Lebanon by Al Maslakh.
Tracklisting: 1. Itinerant Heroes Or The Fragility Of Mirrors 2. Wandering Women Of Letters 3. Two Germans At The End Of The Earth 4. Magicians, Mercenaries And Miserable Creatures