Al Maslakh
 


ROUBA3I


Mazen Kerbaj | trumpet
Christine Sehnaoui | alto sax
Sharif Sehnaoui | electric guitar
+ guest percussionist


Rouba3i
(ruba'i) - arabic word for quartet - was created in 2002 when 3 of the pioneers of free improv in beirut invited percussionist Le Quân Ninh for a quartet (Rouba3i1). They kept on performing as a quartet with various guest percussionist.

In 2000, Mazen Kerbaj, Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui opened a space for free improvised & contemporary music in Lebanon by creating the irtijal festival. They share a long term musical relationship & a common love for improvised meetings. Hence the Rouba3i principal is an ideal combination of both working together and interracting with a fourth musical identity.

As improvisors they have widely contributed to the development of the lebanese improvisation scene   & collaborated with musicians such as Stéphane Rives, Franz Hautzinger, Jean Pallandre, Michael Zerang, Wade Matthews, Michel Doneda, dancers Atsushi Takenoushi or Valerie Métivier among many others.

Chronology:

August 20 2002
Rouba3i (Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Lê Quan Ninh) in Beirut @ Strange Fruit.

September 29 2002
Rouba3i2 (Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Olivier Brisson) in Paris for "La Belle Soirée 02" @ 118, Hilton Palace.

April 3 2003
Rouba3i3 (Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Edward Perraud), in Beirut for the "Spring Meetings" @ Espace SD.

November 8 2003
Rouba3i4 (Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Sébastien Bouhana) in Paris @ Théatre sur le Pavé.

August 21 2004
Rouba3i5 (Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Ingar Zach) in Beirut for "Irtijal'04" @ Zico House.|

July 15 2005
Rouba3i6 (Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Michael Zerang) in Deir el Qamar @ French Cultural Mission.

September 28 2005
Rouba3i7 (Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Andrew Drury) in Middletown @ Wesleyan University.

September 30 2005
Rouba3i8 (Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Tatsuya Nakatani) in Brooklyn for "King Collision" @ B.P.M.

April 10 2006
Rouba3i9 (Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Fabrizio Spera) in Beirut for "Irtijal'06" @ Al Madina Theater.

April 11 2006
Rouba3i10 (Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Jason Kahn) in Beirut for "Irtijal'06" @ Al Madina Theater.

June 2 2006
Rouba3i11 (Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Christian Thomé) in Moers for "Moers Festival" @ Schloss Theater.

September 2 2006
Rouba3i12 (Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Liselotte Norelius) in Ystad for "Sonoric Perspectives" @ Ystad Konstmuseum.

September 3 2006
Rouba3i13 (Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Sven-Åke Johansson) in Ystad for "Sonoric Perspectives" @ Ystad Konstmuseum.

November 23 2006
Rouba3i14 (Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Margrit Rieben) in Berne for "Al Maslakh Festival" @ Reitschule.

November 24 2006
Rouba3i15 (Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Charles Hayward) in Berne for "Al Maslakh Festival" @ Reitschule.

November 26 2006
Rouba3i16 (Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Fabian Kuratli) in Berne for "Al Maslakh Festival" @ Reitschule.

February 10 2007
Rouba3i1.2 (Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Lê Quan Ninh ) in Paris for Irtijal - Paris Edition @ Instants Chavirés.

February 21 2007
Rouba3i17 (Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Paul Neidhart ) in Baltimore for The Tabadol Project @ Carriage House.

February 25 2007
Rouba3i9.2 (Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Fabrizio Spera ) in Philadelphia for The Tabadol Project @ International House.

February 27 2007
Rouba3i7.2 (Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Andrew Drury ) in New York for The Tabadol Project @ The Society of Friends.

Releases

Al Maslakh 02: Rouba3i5 with Ingar Zach ( 2005 )

Olof Bright 16/17: Rouba3i12 with Liselotte Norelius & Rouba3i13 with Sven- Åke Johansson ( 2007), part of the compilation Ystad - Beirut


www.irtijal.com
www.dt-bs.com
www.kerbaj.com
www.sharifsehnaoui.com






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