Wormholes / ‚A‘ Trio
22 Aug20:00First performanceMaschinenhaus, EssenMaschinenhaus
Wormholes is an ongoing audio-visual project by Mazen Kerbaj and Sharif Sehnaoui, two artists who are among the most influential activists in Beirut’s music and art scene. In 2008 the painter, cartoonist, writer and musician Mazen Kerbaj developed a format where he draws live on stage and projects his painting process onto a screen. He operates between paint pots and bottles with various brushes, wipes, and liquids on a pre-prepared illuminated glass surface. Guitarist Sharif Sehnaoui and the bass guitarist Tony Elieh build up a powerful wall of minimally-structured sound and the intensity of the drawings is reinforced in a different musical way. In the course of the performance at the Maschinenhaus in Essen lasting approximately 50 minutes a deeply disturbing requiem is drawn out of abstraction, reflecting on the ferocity of the bombing war and its human victims whose moving effect cannot be ignored.
A‘ Trio is made up of the Beirut musicians and artists Mazen Kerbaj, Sharif Sehnaoui and Raed Yassin. They are co-creators and pioneers of the experimental art scene, electronic music culture and improvised music in their highly complex, crisis-ridden, precarious and nevertheless astonishingly stable country. The trio surprises audiences with unconventional musical concepts and playing techniques on specially prepared instruments – trumpet, acoustic guitar and double bass – which bear traces of the influence of Dada and Fluxus. The artists treat their own culture with respect, while at the same time maintaining an independent position within global artistic discourse. Their attention is focused mainly on the concrete and the situative. Boundaries between artistic disciplines appear to have been suspended as they are united by a direct sonic language that spontaneously formulates something akin to musical cartoons.
Funded by Kunststiftung NRW.
|Live-Drawing, trumpet||Mazen Kerbaj|
|E-Guitar, Guitar, Objects||Sharif Sehnaoui|
|Double Bass, Objects||Raed Yassin|