MazaJ Festival 2010

Festival Events

Festival Artists

Festival Credits



Main Events


Volatile Frequencies Conference
Thu 18 November from 9.30am at City University London, London


Volatile Frequencies Concert
Thu 18 November from 7.00pm at City University London, London


MazaJ Salon –
Recalibrating the Noise: is there a middle eastern sound art?

Sat 20 November from 5.30pm at Café Oto, London


Evening Concert at Café Oto
Sat 20 November from 8.00pm at Café Oto, London


Evening Concert at Café Oto
Sun 21 November from 7:00pm at Café Oto, London



Booking Information


Volatile Frequencies Conference: Free (Students) or £15 (inc. evening concert)


Volatile Frequencies Concert: £5


2 day MazaJ Festival pass:
£22 adv. only


Saturday MazaJ Salon: £5


Saturday MazaJ Concert:
£10 adv/£12 on the door


Sunday MazaJ Concert:
£10 adv/£12 on the door



Produced by


SAM (Sound and Music)
Zenith Foundation



Curated by


Zenith Foundation



Venue Partners


Cafe Oto
City University



Media Partner


The Wire



Supported by


LCACE (London Centre for Arts and Cultural Exchange)


Arts Council England



Hassan Khan

Hassan Khan (Egypt)

Hassan Khan (1975) is an artist, musician and writer who lives and works in Cairo, Egypt. Before beginning to exhibit his work in art spaces in the late 90s Khan was heavily involved in Cairo’s alternative cultural scene and is considered a pioneer in both the fields of experimental music and video. His practice over the years has incorporated increasingly diverse media including photography, architectural installation, sound, animation, film and video, interventions in publications, performative actions, lectures and sculptural works, as well as soundtracks and music concerts. Selected solo shows include Gezira Art Center, Cairo (1999), Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris (2004), A Space Gallery, Toronto (2005), Gasworks, London (2006) Le Plateau, Paris (2007) Uqbar, Berlin (2008) and Kunst Halle St. Gallen (2010). Khan has also participated in the Istanbul (2003), Seville (2006), Sydney (2006), Thessaloniki (2007), Contour (2007), Gwangju (2008) Manifesta 8 (2010) biennales as well as the Turin (2005) and Yokohama (2008) triennials, amongst other international group exhibitions. Concert appearances include venues in Alexandria, Amman, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Beirut, Berlin, Brussels, Cairo, Castellon, Delhi, Gwangju, Geneva, London, Marrakesh, Paris, Philadelphia, Palermo, Rome, Stockholm, Vilnius, Yokohama and Zurich. His album tabla dubb is available on the 100copies label. Khan is also widely published in both Arabic and English and has two books to his name so far Nine Lessons Learned from Sherif El-Azma published by the Contemporary Image Collective in 2009, and 17 and in AUC – the transcriptions published by Merz and Crousel in 2004.
“Khan establishes rhythm, structure and repetition only to break them open, tear them down and rebuild them anew. The result is no mere background lounge listening but rather a visceral sonic experience in making a radical thought process manifest and material”. – Kaelen-Wilson Goldie, 2007



Hassan Khan’s The Big One, at 100live Electronic Music Festival, Egypt, 2009.



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