It's a big year for us. We are celebrating our 40th anniversary after coming out of a very hard year in 2008. We have a new director and new staff members. And, although we secured our funding from the Ministry of Culture, we lost the funding from the City of Amsterdam to organize concerts. It's a year for us to re-structure and re-strategize.
This doesn't mean we're not going to do concerts anymore. We will be organizing a series of events that are sometimes presentations, sometimes concerts and other times both, by our artists in residence. These events with be run on a low budget basis until we secure external funding, but we will try to do as many as we can because we feel dedicated to keeping the experimental music scene active in Amsterdam.
Our first event of the year will be hosted by Mazen Kerbaj, STEIM's Artistic co-director in 2007. He will be presenting his trio BAO after several days of recording in the studio.
Hope to see you all soon!
BAO at STEIM
Set 1: BAO
Charbel Haber - Electric guitar
Sharif Shenaoui - Electric guitar
Mazen Kerbaj - Trumpet
Set 2: BAO & FRIENDS:
Raed Yassin, Mike Bullock and Linda Aubrey on electronics
Date: Saturday 14 February, 2009
Venue: STEIM, Utrechtsedwarsstraat 134, Amsterdam
Time: 20:30 hrs.
Reservations and more information: email@example.com or 020-6228690
Mazen Kerbaj was born in 1975 in Beirut and lived there since. His main activities are comics, painting and music. After a lot of works for different publishers and magazines, it is in March 2000 that he releases some of his more personal works in his Journal 1999 (a dairy in comics' format). He self-published eight other books and many short stories since.
It is also in 2000 that he plays for the first time in concert, in the Strike's pub in Beirut. This concert, a duo with Lebanese sax player Christine Sehnaoui, is probably the first improvised music concert in the Middle East.
In 2001, together with guitarist Sharif Sehnaoui , he creates the MILL (Musique Improvisee Libre au Liban) association that curates since IRTIJAL an annual international festival for free music in Beirut as well as various concerts and events (IRTIJAL saw over the years some great improvisers like Fred Van Hove, Johannes Bauer, Lê Quan Ninh, Franz Hautzinger...).
In august 2002, together with Sharif Sehnaoui and double bass player Raed Yassine he recorded the album A published by La CD-Thèque, Beirut.
After meeting Franz Hautzinger by chance in Lebanon in February 2003, they played in duo in Beirut and in Paris and in trio with Japanese laptop player Taku Unami at the IRTIJAL 2003 festival. Then they were joined by Sharif Sehnaoui and Helge Hinteregger to form Oriental Space quartet that played in Nickelsdorf, Berlin, Vienna and Klagenfurt. A recording of this group is avilable on the Austrian label aRtonal, and Abu Tarek, a recording of the duo Hautzinger/Kerbaj is available on the Portugese label Creative Sources.
In 2005, Kerbaj releases 2 new albums on the Lebanese newly born label Al Maslakh (The Slaughterhouse), one in solo and the other with Rouba3i quartet.
Between 2000 and 2006, Mazen Kerbaj played in solo and various groups in a lot of venues in Lebanon, Syria, France, Austria, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, UK, and the USA.
Regular and occasional partners includes: Sharif Sehnaoui , Christine Sehnaoui, Raed Yassine, Charbel Haber, Jad Balaben, Jassem Hindi, Franz Hautzinger , Helge Hinteregger, Lê Quan Ninh, Bertrand Denzler, Stéphane Rives, Edward Perraud, Taku Unami, Guillermo Gregorio, Gene Coleman, Toshimaru Nakamura, Michael Zerang, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Jim Baker, Jack Wright, Mike Bullok, Vic Rawlings, David Stackenas, Martin Küchen, Axel Dörner, Tatsuya Nakatani, Ricardo Arias, Jason Khan.
Born in Beirut on June 1, 1978. Co-founder and member of Lebanese post-punk group Scrambled Eggs since 1998. Founder of experimental music record label Those Kids Must Choke in 2004. Active member of the Lebanese free improvisation scene and part of MILL 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…
Born in 1976 in Beyrouth (Lebanon). Starts with piano when still really young, and around 10 or 12 turns towards more rock instruments, guitar and drums. He arrives in Paris in 1996 and learned to play jazz and then discovers improvisation. In 1999, he decided to devote himself fully to free improvisation. Because he was following philosophy studies at that time, he is strongly attracted by the mean of time in free improvisation, time as an instant and also as an essential factor in social and human behavior. He is a member of Ivraie, improvisation orchestra based at Instants Chavirés, and of Topophonie, an association which organises outside performance in public spaces. He works with Stéphane Rives, Christine Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Thierry Madiot, Franz Hautzinger or Le Quan Ninh.
More information on concerts: http://www.steim.org/steim/concerts.php
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