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



MazaJ Festival of Experimental Middle Eastern Music

1st edition | Recalibrating Middle Eastern sonic cultures
Curated by Seth Ayyaz
Co-produced by Sound and Music (SAM) and Zenith Foundation
Media partner: The Wire magazine
Assistant Curator: Lisa Skuret
MazaJ is a performance series established in London by Zenith Foundation in 2005. The MazaJ Festival is curated by Seth Ayyaz, and co-produced by Sound and Music in collaboration with Zenith Foundation with media partners The Wire.
Zenith Foundation is an arts organisation that has an established history of producing high quality events relating to contemporary cultural practices originating from the Middle East.

Zenith Foundation would like to thank the following for their support in making the first edition of the MazaJ Festival possible:


Sound and Music (SAM) promotes fresh and challenging new music and sound through a range of live events, learning projects and digital content. Its focus is on the growing stature and appreciation of contemporary music, and its significant scale enables it to make a major impact on public perceptions. The first edition of the MazaJ Festival has been possible due to the financial support and co-production of Sound and Music. Special thanks to Richard Whitelaw (previously of the Sonic Arts Network) for his far-sightedness in the early stages of festival planning, John Kieffer for his vision in supporting us, and Cecilia Wee for making it happen.
The music department at City University is one of the UK’s leading academic centres for sound-based art, with a strong tradition of studio-based composition and acousmatic music. The department is headed by composer and writer Katharine Norman. Special thanks to Katharine Norman (Head of Music Department), Laudan Nooshin for her specialist knowledge and encouragement, Gail Marsom (Research) for making the Volatile Frequencies Conference and Concert possible, and Will Goring and Rick Campion for technical support.


Funding for Volatile Frequencies Conference and Concert was from the London Centre for Arts and Cultural Exchange (LCACE).
Tony Herrington and all at The Wire for their support as media partners for the festival. The Wire is the key UK based magazine covering diverse exploratory sonic work, presenting both the published journal and live events.

Café Oto is the leading London venue for exploratory and experimental music, regularly presenting work by international artists. Special thanks to Hamish Dunbar and John Chantler.

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