Old And New Acoustics

by Sharif Sehnaoui

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Guitartist Sharif Sehnaoui is one of the primary movers and shakers on the fledgling Beirut improvised scene. Together with Mazen Kerbaj, Raed Yassin and Charbel Haber, he keeps the flame of creative music burning. To his credit, his music has made no compromise, meaning it can be tough going and unrepentant.
On "Old And New Acoustics" he presents two tracks. One lengthy, "To Boldly Go Where No Man Has Gone Before" (at 33:55), and the shortish "Trane" (7:30). Here he goes solo with no effects or overdubs. Just Sehnaoui and his guitar (was it prepared?) playing it as if it were a percussive instrument, and sometimes a harp. He cascades notes both with tapping strings, plucking and rubbing his instrument. All of which subverts the traditional guitar format to create a frenetic assembly of tones and chimes. Sehnaoui runs through a series of musical cells that exploit tension and release. He deftly maneuvers the pieces from high energy to oddly tuned revelations of sound. All to great effect.

Mark Corroto [All About Jazz]

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released August 20, 2019

All music by Sharif Sehnaoui
No cuts, no overdubs

Recorded by Fadi Tabbal on June 9, 2009 at Bustros Palace, Beirut, Lebanon
Mixed and mastered by Fadi Tabbal at Tunefork Studios, Beirut, Lebanon

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

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