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In July 2005, Beirut's Irtijal Festival put together two concerts by the Brötzmann/Zerang duo in Beirut. This first appearance by German free jazz and improv legend Peter Brötzmann in the Middle Eastern/Arabic underground scene definitely left a mark on both players and audience.
Peter Brötzmann's raw energy did not fall on deaf ears in Beirut, to say the least. At first, the intensity of his playing surprised an audience new to this kind of music, before drowning everyone in its tempestuous din. As for Michael Zerang's performance, it is not a usual drummer's. Rarely confining himself to the role of the accompanying rhythmic partner, he is the perfect match to engage in a dialogue with the sax player. Alternating between complex and intense rhythms to a minimalist/reductionist solo, Zerang bewitched the crowd, especially when he played hard-core rhythms and extended techniques on the Lebanese national percussion instrument, the darbuka.
The recordings on this CD provide a vibrant testimony to these concerts, ones that will definitely figure prominently in the long history of Brötzmann's saxophone & drums duos, which he started in the seventies with Dutch drummer Han Bennink.


released October 10, 2005

Peter Brötzmann: tenor saxophone, tarogato, b-flat clarinet
Michael Zerang: drum set, darbuka, percussion

All compositions by Peter Brötzmann and Michael Zerang

Performed live at Théâtre Monnot, Beirut on July 10, 2005 at the 5th Irtijal Festival of Experimental Music
Recorded by Marc Codsi
Mixed and mastered by Lou Mallozzi at Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago

Artwork & design by Mazen Kerbaj
Produced in Lebanon by Al Maslakh


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