Karkhana – Nafas / Nefes 7″ (MLR 7003)
Bendir, Percussion – Umut Çağlar
Drums – Sharif Sehnaoui
Organ, Synth – Maurice Louca
Oud – Sam Shalabi
Recorded By – Fadi Tabbal
Trumpet, Synth, Artwork By – Mazen Kerbaj
Combining some of the most innovative players from each of three cities (Beirut – Cairo – Istanbul), Karkhana met in Beirut for the first time in February 2014 with the very ambitious aim to bring together elements from the three major experimental music scenes of the area. The band’s music strives to create a unique musical blend combining free jazz and psychedelic with various shades of ethnic and traditional music, traces of shaabi, tarab… Building on the multi-instrumental capacities of its members, the group tries to create an atmosphere full of surprises for both the listeners and the performers themselves, developing what could possibly be called a “Free Middle-Eastern Music”.
Limited to 300 copies.
Beautiful review at Göteborgs Fria Tidning (in Swedish)