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



Sharif Sehnaoui

Sharif Sehnaoui (Lebanon)

Sharif Sehnaoui is a free improvising guitarist. He plays both electric & 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 resides in Beirut after more than a decade in Paris, where he started his career as an improviser in 1999, playing at Instants Chavirés where he was a member of several orchestras. In Lebanon, he actively contributed to the emergence of an unprecedented experimental music scene. In 2001, with Mazen Kerbaj he created the Irtijal Festival, which is currently the only improvised and new music festival in the Arab world. Irtijal has recently celebrated its XXth anniversary edition.
Sharif also runs several labels: ‘Al Maslakh’ devoted to “publish the un-publishable” on the Lebanese musical scene, ‘Johnny Kafta’s Kids Menu’ an Al Maslakh sub-label dedicated to rock oriented experimentations, and ‘Annihaya’ a label with a focus on sampling, recycling and revisiting various aspects of popular culture.
His main groups and projects include the “A” Trio (with Kerbaj & Raed Yassin), BAO (with Kerbaj & Charbel Haber), an acoustic guitar solo using exclusively percussion techniques, and Wormholes a duo with Kerbaj drawing live.
Wormholes Project by Mazen Kerbaj & Sharif Sehnaoui, first performance, Beirut Art Centre, Lebanon, 2009.

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