Featuring some of the most innovative players from Beirut, Cairo and Istanbul, Karkhana met in Beirut for the first time in February 2014, bringing together influences from the three major… Read more Karkhana | كرخانة →
Karkhana to play Roskilde 2019
Karkhana, the seven-piece free Middle Eastern music outfit, will be in concert at Roskilde Festival in July 2019 at Roskilde, Denmark.
“I wish I could track down more of this tantalising outfit’s music to share… This Middle Eastern supergroup first got together to celebrate the music of Egyptian surf guitarist Omar Khorshid – who was also a key figure in Oum Kalthoum’s orchestra – but their remit has expanded somewhat and now they’re fully committed to outer-perimeter explorations in Krautrock-leaning, cosmic free jazz” John Doran, The Guardian
Karkhana features some of the most innovative players from Beirut, Cairo and Istanbul. Sam Shalabi (Land Of Kush, Shalabi Effect, Dwarfs Of East Agouza), Sharif Sehnaoui (“A” Trio), Michael Zerang (Peter Brötzmann, Hamid Drake, Jaap Blonk, Ken Vandermark), Mazen Kerbaj (“A” Trio), Maurice Louca(Lekhfa, Alif, Dwarfs Of East Agouza), Tony Elieh (Johnny Kafta Anti-Vegetarian Orchestra), and Umut Çaglar (Konstrukt) met in Beirut for the first time in February 2014, and have been bringing together influences from the three major experimental music scenes of the region and beyond ever since. Through their live shows, the band’s seven multi-instrumentalists build a transcendental atmosphere full of surprises for audiences and themselves alike, developing what could possibly be called free Middle Eastern music.