Raed Yassin is a ground-breaking figure in the experimental music scene of his native Lebanon and the Middle-Eastern region on the whole. An aficionado of popular Arab culture both musically and on-screen, a large part of his discography revolves around sonically and conceptually deconstructing this wealth of collective memory. His solo projects include electro acoustic compositions, electronics, Arabic turntablism, as well as spending the past decade developing a highly individualistic extended technique on double bass, that explores the performative capacities of the instrument to boot.
In the year 2001, he became one of the founders of the "Irtijal" (literally "unhinged") festival in Beirut, which has since transformed into the largest fostering ground for experimental music across the region. In 2009, he started the "Annihaya" record label along with Sharif Sehnaoui and Hatem Imam, which focuses on the recycling of popular musical cultures.
RAED YASSIN: TWO-DAY RESIDENCY WITH JOHN TILBURY, EDDIE PREVOST, UTE WASSREMANN, DIMITRA LAZARIDOU-CHATZIGOGA AND UTE KANNGIESSER
WEDNESDAY 5 + THURSDAY 6 MARCH '14 • 8PM
Release show for Motion - the new full-length studio album on Dancing Wayang by the London based power jazz trio of Steve Noble on drums, John Edwards on double bass and Alex Ward on electric guitar.
Noble, Edwards and Ward have played together for over a decade and have become one of London’s tightest units locking in and breaking apart with uncanny telepathy and synchronicity. Operating at the junction of free improv and rock, they swing and shred in equal measure. Both modes, and the effortless, deft moves across the spaces between, are represented in fine style on this release.
N.E.W. (STEVE NOBLE / JOHN EDWARDS / ALEX WARD): MOTION RELEASE SHOW
FRIDAY 7 MARCH '14 • 8PM