Cine-concert : Nosferatu with live music by More Dust Under The Carpet

Monday, December 5th

Mazen Kerbaj (trumpet) - Stéphane Rives (alto & soprano saxophones, electronics) - Paed Conca (electric bass, clarinet, electronics) - Sharif Sehnaoui (electric guitar, percussion) - Fadi Tabbal (electric guitar, electronics)

Story line

Shot in 1921 and released in 1922, Murnau’s Nosferatu is a masterpiece of Germany’s Expressionistic cinema. It is also considered to be one of the most beautiful and resonant interpretations of Bram Stoker’s mythic vampire novel Dracula.

The musicians


PAED CONCA (Switzerland) is an experimental and free improv musician presently living and working in Beirut. He has recorded with a number of outstanding artists from the worlds of improv and experimental music, including Axel Dörner, Hans Koch, Otomo Yoshihide and
Michael Zerang. Frequent contributions to Beirut’s annual improv festival, Irtijal, have seen him collaborate with Lebanese practitioners Mazen Kerbaj, Sharif Sehnaoui, Raed Yassin and Cynthia Zaven. His duo with Yassin, entitled PRAED, has recorded and released two highly engaging albums, consisting of a skillful mixture of diverted Arabic pop tunes, excerpts from Arabic and Asian film soundtracks, and virtuoso jazz playing.

MAZEN KERBAJ (Lebanon) is one of the founders of Lebanon’s free improvisation scene. Along with Sharif Sehnaoui, he is the creator of the MILL association (Musique Improvisée Libre au Liban), which has organized the annual Irtijal festival in Beirut since 2001. Irtijal has featured an impressive roster of musicians over the years, including Fred Van Hove, Peter Brötzmann, Mike Cooper, Lê Quan Ninh and Franz Hautzinger, as well as a host of local talents. In 2005, Kerbaj and Sehnaoui launched Al Maslakh, the first label to produce and distribute improvised music in the Middle East.

STEPHANE RIVES (France) is a musician and sound engineer whose instrument of choice is the saxophone, as applied to experimental and improvised music. He has played in Europe, in the United States and in the Middle East (Total Meeting Festival, Jazz a Mulhouse, Portuguese Music Today, among others…), and has composed music for contemporary dance performances. He is presently living in Lebanon, where he contributes frequently to the local experimental music scene, most notably with groups The Incompetents and Under the Carpet. Along with Fadi Tabbal (Tunefork), he works as a sound engineer for cinema and experimental film.

SHARIF SEHNAOUI (Lebanon) started his musical career as a free improvisation guitarist in the late 1990’s in Paris, where he played in renowned venue Les Instants Chavirés and was a member of several orchestras (Motorchestra, Ivraie, etc.). Sehnaoui plays electric and acoustic guitars with extended and prepared techniques, focusing on expanding the intrinsic possibilities of these instruments without the use of effects or electronics. He co-founded the Irtijal festival in 2001 and runs the Al Maslakh label alongside Mazen Kerbaj. His latest album, Old & New Acoustics, was released on Al Maslakh in 2010.

FADI TABBAL (Lebanon) In addition to managing Tunefork, one of the most prominent recording studios in Beirut, Fadi Tabbal is a full-time member of several Lebanese bands: psych-rock band The Incompetents, experimental rock quartet XEFM, drone unit Under The Carpet, and collaborates frequently with folk singer Youmna Saba. He is also the co-producer of Ziad Nawfal’s live sessions on the Ruptures radio program. Nosferatu will be Tabbal’s 4th Cinemix experience, following scores for L’amateur by Hassib Chams, Dziga Vertov’s Man with a Movie Camera, and German animated masterpiece The Adventures of Prince Achmed.