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sharif sehnaoui

sharif sehnaoui is a free improvising guitarist. he plays both electric and acoustic guitars, with (or without) extended and prepared techniques, focusing on expanding the intrinsic possibilities of these instruments without the use of effects or electronics. he now resides in beirut, his hometown, after more than a decade in paris, where he started his career as an improviser in 1998, playing at instants chavirés where he was a member of several orchestras. he has since performed his music worldwide and played in many clubs and festivals such as soundfield (chicago), moers, konfrontationen (nickelsdorf), météo music festival (mulhouse), ctm & maerzmusik (berlin), fest (tunis), skanu mesz (riga), 100live (cairo) or musikprotokoll (graz). in lebanon, he actively contributed to the emergence of an unprecedented experimental music scene. along with mazen kerbaj he created in 2000 irtijal, the first improvised and new music annual international festival in the arab world. irtijal celebrated its xvth anniversary in 2015. he also runs two record labels: al maslakh, devoted to ’publish the un-publishable’ on the lebanese musical scene and annihaya, focusing on sampling, recycling and the displacement of various aspects of popular culture.


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