MAZEN KERBAJ / SHARIF SEHNAOUI / CHRISTINE SEHNAOUI / INGAR ZACH - Rouba 3 i 5

MAZEN KERBAJ - BRT VRT ZRT KRT
[Al Maslakh, www.almaslakh.org]


Lebanese trumpeter Mazen Kerbaj is mainly known for his heavy involvement in the improvised scene of his native country. As luck would have it, he was the first soul brave enough to start an improvised movement in the Middle East. In 2001, together with guitarist Sharif Sehnaoui, he created MILL association that on a yearly basis curates IRTIJAL, which is an international free music festival in Beirut. Over the last few years, he had an opportunity to improvise together with Jack Wright, Lę Quan Ninh, Franz Hautzinger, Toshimaru Nakamura, Michael Zerang, Helge Hinteregger, Jassem Hindi amongst countless others. These two releases have just been issued on a new Lebanese label Al Maslakh, which translates as the slaughterhouse.

"Rouba 3 i 5" is Mazen Kerbaj's trio, which he put together back in 2002. Back then, they invited percussionist Lę Quan Ninh to join them to make up a quartet. Each time, this trio works with a different percussionist and this time around they decided to collaborate with the gifted Norwegian Ingar Zach. What is most prominent on this record are the heavily processed sounds of Mazen's trumpet. He mikes his instrument at close range and not unlike Franz Hautzinger; his main motivation seems to be these incredibly tiny micro-tones. Alto saxophonist Christine Sehnaoui delivers delicate spittle sounds that really do no harm to anyone in close proximity. They simply transcend the air, while guitarist Sharif Sehnaoui produces minute sounds on his instrument. It's not feedback and it's certainly not heavy picking but rather he concentrates on an extremely quiet side of the instrument. Finally, Ingar Zach allows for a lot of interesting sounds - mainly occasional cymbal hisses here and an odd bass drum slam there. There's really nothing too radical or obtrusive. Rather, "Rouba 3 i 5" delivers an album that requires the art of close listening.

For his solo trumpet record "BRT VRT ZRT KRT", Mazen Kerbaj chose to explore the sound possibilities of his instrument. He's not into rhythmic or melodic territory. Once again, this is music that was closely miked [he must have stuck the microphone right inside of the front end of the trumpet]. Is it easily accessible? Let me ponder that point for a while. To be honest, these are really sounds for those with strong determination to get something new out of music. These are not your traditional trumpet sounds as you're used to hearing them. Take "Cling Clang Clong (KRRRT)" as an instance. Right from the beginning, we're faced with this drilling sound, with what sounds like some construction people working on fixing a beaten road. Then, as we move on to "ZRRRT", we're faced with a sound that resembles the didgeridoo - a traditional Australian instrument that, when played right, produces deep bass overtones. "BRRRT" resembles a motor boat revving up on the lake. At the end of the recording, you're left asking yourself - were any of these sounds processed? Then you stare at the CD sleeve, where it clearly states "no use of electronics". If that's the case, a big round of applause goes out to Mazen, as I had no idea the trumpet had such a heavy split personality disorder.

- Tom Sekowski


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