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Free improvising from Beirut that is definitely worth tracking down, although just 500 copies have been pressed. "Rouba3i", it seems, derives from the Arabic word for quartet. Trumpeter Mazen Kerbaj, alto saxophonist Christine Abdelnour and guitarist Sharif Sehnaoui are a trio of Lebanese musicians who invite a series of percussionists to occupy the fourth corner of their group. for this incarnation – the fifth, hence Rouba3i5 - they are joined by Norwegian percussionist Ingar Zach, who suits the frictional buzz and burr of their style exceptionally well.
Each member of the trio has pared away all obvious instrumental attributes, resulting in sound sources effectively geared to realise a shared musical vision of grainy agitated textures overlaid, overlapped and intersecting. Abstracted sounds seep and trickle, punctuated with pops and staccato chatter, across two pieces that are remarkably consistent in character and quality.

Julian Cowley [The Wire]


released May 5, 2005

Christine Abdelnour: alto sax
Mazen Kerbaj: trumpet
Sharif Sehnaoui: electric guitar
Ingar Zach: percussion

All music improvised by Abdelnour, Kerbaj, Sehnaoui and Zach
No cuts, no overdubs

Recorded by Vincent Fromont on August 23rd, 2004 at Bustros Residence, Beirut, Lebanon
Mastered by Ahmad Awad

Artwork & design Mazen Kerbaj
Produced in Lebanon by Al Maslakh



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