Simsara, Oma333 & Fylkingen proudly present an evening of new music from Cairo, Beirut, Stockholm and beyond
Live; Karkhana, Dog Life and Nadah El Shazly
January in Stockholm. What happens? Fire Orchestra tends to play a show (they won't), Arts Birthday goes down (not that month) but what else? Everyone is broke and cold and it's dark. So how about a triple bill of new music featuring musicians from all over the world bang in the middle of it and with an unreasonably low ticket price?
Kicking off the evening will be Nadah El Shazly ندى الشاذلي's full band playing new arrangements of her critically acclaimed bombshell debut with some badass locals in tow, Elsa Bergman, Cherif El-Masri and Konrad Agnas. Dog Life's triple headed jazz punk assault will be next up to blast away any umbilical cord still connecting you to your sofa and they have a new sparkling album with them also! And then all seven of KARKHANA's gang bring us their own soaring take on Middle Eastern future free jazz/psych/kraut for a unique and rare showdown in the most perfect space to hear them let loose!
More info and times etc beneath, ticket link above...
Karkhana live at 22
Michael Zerang: drums, cymbals, percussion
Sam Shalabi: oud, electric guitar
Mazen Kerbaj: trumpet, objects, percussion
Maurice Louca: electric organ, synthesizers, fx
Sharif Sehnaoui: electric guitar
Umut Çağlar: double reeds, bamboo flutes, percussion, violin
Tony Elieh: electric bass, fx
Featuring some of the most innovative players from Beirut, Cairo and Istanbul, Karkhana met in Beirut for the first time in February 2014, bringing together influences from the three major experimental music scenes of the region and beyond. Through their live shows, the band’s seven multi-instrumentalists build a transcendental atmosphere full of surprises for the audience and themselves alike, developing what could possibly be called free Middle Eastern music. Shades and traces of shaabi, tarab, sufi and much more are heard in their distinct blend of free jazz and psychedelic.
“I wish I could track down more of this tantalising outfit’s music to share… This Middle Eastern supergroup first got together to celebrate the music of Egyptian surf guitarist Omar Khorshid – who was also a key figure in Oum Kalthoum’s orchestra – but their remit has expanded somewhat and now they’re fully committed to outer-perimeter explorations in Krautrock-leaning, cosmic free jazz” John Doran, The Guardian
Dog Life live at 21
Anna Högberg - saxophones
Finn Loxbo- electric bass
Mårten Magnefors- drums
Dog Life explores free improvised music on a high-energetic plateau, descending from the outskirts of free jazz, and further towards a harder, darker and undefined terrain. On their new album, released on Omlott records in fall 2017, they continue to push the freejazz-punk limits and set out new directions with elements of doom and noise.
"I have seen Dog Life live once, and was knocked by the power, ...The trio is pulling and tugging in melodic threads, the rhythm section flaps and rumbles, and in the center Anna Högberg's saxophone, hard, punky, but with a flow that convinces to the very last second". PM Jönsson, GP
"Anna Högberg is grubbing and fussing with her saxophones, twisting an turning her ideas in a frenetic debate with bass player Finn Loxbo and drummer Mårten Magnefors, who are more of dialogue partners than a rhythm section [... ] this music is absolutely brilliant." Magnus Eriksson, Lira Musikmagasin
Oldie but a goodie; https://soundcloud.com/d-o-g-l-i-f-e/cigg-eller-filter
Nadah El Shazly live at 20
Elsa Bergman; double bass
Konrad Agnas; drums
Cherif El-Masri; fretless electric guitar and electronics
Nadah El Shazly; vocals, buzuq and keys
Nadah El Shazly is an Egyptian singer and composer living and working in Cairo. Starting out singing Misfits covers in a local punk band, then moving on to producing her own electroacoustic tracks and making a name for herself in Cairo’s underground scene. Nadah El Shazly’s backstory is not that unusual, her debut album on the other hand, is an entirely unexpected story.
Recently released on Nawa Recordings and entitled Ahwar (marshlands) - at No. 12 in The Wire’s best 50 albums of 2017 - it is a culmination of two years of writing and studio work split between Egypt and Canada. The album was composed and arranged in collaboration with Maurice Louca and Sam Shalabi, two members of The Dwarfs of East Agouza أقزام شرق العجوزة trio. This is an otherworldly record, not unlike an abstract mythological story-tale.
Most recently, Nadah became resident composer at Stockholm’s Elektronmusikstudion EMS Stockholm and was featured within local and international festivals including Norbergfestival, Clandestino Festival, Supersonic and Le Guess Who? Her newly found kinship with Sweden has led her to collaborate with Stockholm based musicians and the formation of a new band and arrangements to perform Ahwar for us this evening.
"Cairo-based singer and composer Nadah El Shazly performs to a seated crowd who revel in her stunning vocal work. It's testament to the quality of her set that despite the almost unbearable heat in the space that has people pouring water over their heads and frantically fanning themselves, they stick around. The performance is intoxicating and at points nightmarish but resolutely beautiful" The Quietus on her Supersonic Festival concert
Stream her album via The Wire's website and check her interview there also;
DJ Gavin Maycroft (Oma333) live at 19 and in between the live sets
This event is made possible with support from Musikverket for Stockholm based international producer Sarah El Miniawy, in partnership with Inter Arts Center, EMS, Inkonst, Clandestino Festival, Irtijal (International Festival of Experimental Music in Lebanon) and eka3 (independent platform for alternative Arabic music).