Sunday, 20 September 2015
Beirut Art Center،Jisr El Wati area/Souk el Ahad - Off Corniche an Naher
In September 2015, and in collaboration with Irtijal and Tunefork,
Lebanese independent music label RUPTURED will host three concerts by renowned British folk singer & performer MIKE COOPER.
The 2nd of these concerts is taking place at Beirut Art Center, and features an impressive line-up of local and foreign musicians accompanying Mike Cooper for a performance of his piece "BEACH CROSSNGS".
MIKE COOPER (electric guitar, conduction)
Paed Conca (clarinet)
Tony Elieh (electric bass)
Ali al-Hout (percussion)
Abed Kobeissy (buzuk)
Ghassan Sahhab (kanoun)
Sharif Sehnaoui (drums)
Fadi Tabbal (electric guitar)
Raed Yassin (synth & turntables)
Ahmad Ghossein (narration)
>> THE ARTIST:
MIKE COOPER is a virtuoso British guitarist who is best known for his folk-blues styles, and avid experiments with electronic, world, and avant-garde music.
For the past 40 years, Cooper has been an international musical explorer, performing and recording, solo and in a number of groupings and a variety of genres. Initially a folk-blues guitarist and singer songwriter, his work has diversified to include improvised and electronic music, live music for silent films, radio art and sound installations.
He is also a music journalist, writing features for magazines, particularly on Pacific music and musicians, a visual artist, film and video maker, and appears on more than 60 records to date.
>> THE PERFORMANCE:
BEACH CROSSINGS is an audiovisual performance written by Mike Cooper over the course of several years of travelling in Asia and the Pacific. It consists of a meditation in words and music on European presence and influence in Asia and the Pacific area.
It was originally commissioned by radio producer Pino Saulo for RAI3 Radio in Italy, who suggested an audiovisual performance which would include the Bob Dylan song ‘Masters of War’, a version of which closes the piece. ‘Beach Crossings” is performed live, with a flexible number of musicians. There have been live versions in Palermo, Sicily and Lisbon in Portugal, and a radio version commissioned for Australian public radio.
>> THE LABEL:
The RUPTURED label was founded by Ziad Nawfal in 2008, as an outlet for his activities as a music producer and promoter in Beirut. The label aims to release material by local Lebanese artists, as well as non-Lebanese musicians settled in the Middle Eastern area or visiting Lebanon for concerts and performances.
Along with the organization of specific events meant to accompany its releases, the label also organizes concerts and performances in Lebanon and abroad, with both local and international artists, including Lebanese electronic artist Munma (who played showcases in Paris, Madrid, and Cairo), and Swiss / German trio Portachiusa (Paed Conca, Hans Koch and Michael Thieke), who performed in the Lebanese towns of Beirut, Tripoli and Batroun.