Covid-19 is dangerously impacting the social-economic category of musicians. No concerts, poor political and social consideration, uncertain earnings. As a consequence, an ever-growing number of musicians, especially those from the experimental area, are trying to promote their music on BandCamp in digital format only. It is increasingly difficult for me to follow and review this incredible flow of music. I therefore decided to open this section on my blog Neuguitars where I propose music in digital format that I consider particularly interesting and worthy of attention. I hope you like it. Let’s support musicians. They need it.
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.
Old And New Acoustics by Sharif Sehnaoui, Al Maslakh Records, 2010 on #neuguitars #blog
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]
released January 1, 2010
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