Thursday, 21 June
THE DWARFS OF EAST AGOUZA (أقزام شرق العجوزة, EG) + BABYLON TRIO (IQ/BRX) + REBEL UP! DJ'S
The Dwarfs of East Agouza أقزام شرق العجوزة is a trio from Cairo, Egypt, featuring MAURICE LOUCA (Lekhfa, Alif, Bikya), SAM SHALABI (Land of Kush, Shalabi Effect) and ALAN BISHOP (Sun City Girls, The Invisible Hands, Alvarius B.).
Instrumental / Improvisation-based / North African percussion loops / Shimmering keys / West African tinged free jazz guitar / Krautrock-style acoustic bass
Maurice Louca (keyboards/electronics)
Sam Shalabi (electric guitar/synth)
Alan Bishop (guitar/saxophone/vocals)
“Rats Don’t Eat Synthesizers” Out Now!
In collaboration with Annihaya, Akuphone is very proud to present “Rats Don’t Eat Synthesizers” the long-awaited second album by the Dwarfs of East Agouza.
Hailing from the Agouza district of Cairo, Egypt, this brilliant trio consists of Alan Bishop (Acoustic Bass & Alto Sax), Maurice Louca (Keyboards & Drum Machine) and Sam Shalabi (Electric Guitar).
Following their acclaimed first album “Bes “, this new long play is composed of two hypnotic journeys: “Rats Don’t Eat Synthesizers” and “Ringa Mask Koshary” which was recorded in Cairo in September of 2015.
Mesmerizing electric guitar parts, frenetic beats, both supported by the deep sound of Alan’s acoustic bass create a new magical Egyptian soundscape.
Vinyl version is coming with a beautiful hot-foil stamped sleeve that magnifies the red metallic rats and a wonderful printed inner sleeve. Includes redeem code. Limited Edition.
About Maurice Louca
Inspired by many influences, from psychedelic to Egyptian shaabi, Maurice Louca’s second album Benhayyi Al-Baghbaghan (Salute the Parrot), released on Nawa Recordings in November 2014, shattered the confines of musical and cultural labelling and was dubbed by many as a game-changer for the region’s bustling independent music scene.
Hard-hitting live renderings of this album are currently being performed by Louca on live keys and electronics, with Bashar Farran on bass and Tommaso Cappellato on drums.
Louca is an Egyptian musician and composer born in Cairo where he lives and works. As well as being the co-founder of the bands Bikya, Alif and lends his sound to numerous projects, composing for theatre, film and contemporary art.
About Sam Shalabi
Sam Shalabi is a prolific Egyptian-Canadian composer and improviser living between Montreal, Quebec and Cairo, Egypt. Beginning in punk rock in the late 70s, his work has evolved into a fusion of experimental, modern Arabic Music that incorporates traditional Arabic, shaabi, noise, classical, text, free improvisation and jazz.
He has released five solo albums, five albums with Shalabi Effect and three albums with Land Of Kush (an experimental 30 member orchestra, for which he composes).
He has appeared on over 60 albums and toured Europe, North America and North Africa. Recent projects include the release of the sixth Shalabi Effect album, a duo album with Stefan Christoff, albums with Karkhana, Omarkestra and a tour in the eastern U.S with Alvarius B, playing solo Oud. He is currently working on his 6th solo album.
About Alan Bishop
Alan Bishop (AKA Alvarius B.) is a founding member of Seattle's avant-garde and genre-defying Sun City Girls, whose career spanned 27 years and over fifty releases.
His work in Sun City Girls, with Richard Bishop and Charles Gocher, alone stands as a testament to his fearless exploration of the outer reaches of improvisation and composition. From their free jazz/post rock psychedelic trio roots, to sprawling radio broadcasts incorporating noise, Italian pop, and sound collage, to gorgeous outernational Arabic and Asian inspired folk music, the group maintained their singular and uncompromising path from inception. Their musical restlessness continues to resonate in the wake of the passing of Charles Gocher and their subsequent disbanding in 2007.
As founder of the Sublime Frequencies record label, Bishop has released over 100 records, introducing previously ignored musical genres from Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.
And as Alvarius B., Bishop has penned hundreds of his own original folk songs in a primitive “out” style that is unlike anything that anyone else is doing now. This body of work is informed by an obsessive love of psychedelic rock, free jazz, folkloric music from beyond borders, Italian film soundtracks, and an extraordinary sense of humor.
Over much of the past five years, Bishop has been living in Cairo, composing & recording new Alvarius B. material while simultaneously establishing his own Egyptian-based band, The Invisible Hands.
Babylon Trio (IQ)
Iraqi music, contemporary music, Arabic music, choubi choubi, experimental, electro chaabi, electro arabic
Babylon Trio is a young Iraqi trio based in Brussels, Belgium that plays electrified contemporary Iraqi music, from choubi choubi to dabke and classical styles.
Musician Arkan Mushtak arrived in Belgium as a refugee of the war in Iraq. In Baghdad, from his childhood he has been shaped into a talented keyboard/piano player by master composer Noor Sabah. He is accompanied by fellow Iraqi musician Walaa Saad (vocals and oud lute) and Saif Al-Qaissy (darbouka percussion and backing vocals).
Together they play an electrified mix of contemporary Iraqi music styles, such as chobi chobi, dabke and electronic hybrids. The trio will release an album on the new Rebel Up Records label in 2018, with the help of cultural venue Les Ateliers Claus in Brussels.
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