Irtijal 2018: Day 4

Friday, April 6, 2018 - 20:30 to Saturday, April 7, 2018 - 04:00

For its 18th edition, the International Festival for Experimental Music in Lebanon IRTIJAL will be held at Zoukak Studio, Beirut Art Center and Metro al Madina. 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.

Daily Ticket: 25,000 L.L

Festival Pass: 70,000 L.L

Tickets available through Ihjoz and at the door.  

IRTIJAL Day 4 - Detailed programme:
Starting 8:30pm at Zoukak Studio


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

Described by All Music Guide as one of the best experimental guitarists of the 1990s, German-born Hans Tammen likes to set sounds in motion, then sit back to watch the movements unfold. Using textures, timbre and dynamics as primary elements, his music is continuously shifting, with different layers floating into the foreground while others disappear.


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

Lebanese post-rock sextet Kōzō 構造 deals with the future of a long-forgotten past. Creating a soundtrack for buildings of post-war japan with contemporary palettes, taking cues from post-rock pioneers such as Do Make Say Think and Slint, melded with upbeat math-rock inspired elements that burst into choir-like vocals.


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

As part of his ongoing research into the potential to translate the fundamentals of Arabic music into contemporary compositional practices and vice-versa, Iraqi-born Khyam Allami debuts a solo, electronic, rendition of Terry Riley’s seminal minimalist composition “In C”, retuned and remodeled in the Arabic Maqam Rast, using a custom-coded micro-tuning software patch developed in Max for Live with London-based programmer Charles Matthews.


Umut Çağlar zurna, guimbri, percussion
Mazen Kerbaj trumpet, electronics
Sam Shalabi oud, electric guitar
Sharif Sehnaoui electric guitar
Maurice Louca organ
Tony Elieh bass guitar
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 with 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 rock with various shades of ethnic and traditional music, encompassing traces of Shaabi, Tarab… Building on the multi-instrumental capacities of its members, the group creates an atmosphere full of surprises for both the listeners and the performers themselves, developing what could possibly be called a “Free Middle-Eastern Music”.


DJ Sets
Ziad Nawfal

Event Location: 

Zoukak Theatre

506 Corniche du Fleuve River Bridge Saloumi Building, first floor
Karantina , Beirut
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