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



Key Speakers at Volatile Frequencies

Professor John Hutnyk
John Hutnyk is Professor and Academic Director of the Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths College. He is author of a number of books including The Rumour of Calcutta: Tourism, Charity and the Poverty of Representation (1996 Zed), Critique of Exotica: Music, Politics and the Culture Industry (2000 Pluto Press), Bad Marxism: Capitalism and Cultural Studies (2004 Pluto), and co-authored with Virinder Kalra and Raminder Kaur: Diaspora and Hybridity (2005 Sage). Hutnyk is the editor of several volumes of essays including ‘Dis-Orienting Rhythms: the Politics of the New Asian Dance Music’ (1996 Zed, co ed with Sharma and Sharma), editions of the journals ‘Theory, Culture and Society’ and ‘Post-colonial Studies’, and of a festschrift for Klaus Peter Koepping called “Celebrating Transgression” (2006 Berghahn, co-ed with Ursula Rao). He writes irregular prose at

Dr. Thomas Burkhalter
Thomas Burkhalter is an ethnomusicologist and cultural journalist from Bern (Switzerland) working in the field of cultural globalisation. Burkhalter completed his PhD ‘Creating Sense out of Chaos: New Sounds from Beirut’ (2009) at the University of Bern, Switzerland. He is co-editor of The Arab Avantgarde forthcoming from Wesleyan University Press with Kay Dickinson and Ben Harber.
Burkhalter has written reportages on the music and cultural scenes in cities such as Beirut, Istanbul, Cairo, Duschanbe, and Belgrade for Swiss and international media including Neue Zuercher Zeitung, Swiss Radio DRS2, Zeitschrift fuer Kulturaustausch, and TAZ Berlin. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of, an independent network for local and global soundscapes. Burkhalter also produced the documentary film Buy More Incense (2002) about Indian and Pakistani musicians of second and third generation in the UK. As a concert organiser, tour agent, and member of the board of trustees of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia (since 2001), his concerns include the accumulation of knowledge regarding musical and cultural production in a globalised world

Dr. Kay Dickinson
Dr. Kay Dickinson is a lecturer within the Media and Communications department of Goldsmiths College, University of London currently on a Fellowship in the Society for the Humanities at Cornell University. She is the co-editor, with Benjamin J. Harbert and Thomas Burkhalter, of The Arab Avant-Garde: Musical Innovation in the Middle East (Wesleyan University Press, 2011), an anthology dedicated to experimental sound and music from jazz and improv to hip hop and heavy metal coming out of and inspired by what we might term “the Arab world”. She is the author of Off Key: When Film and Music Won’t Work Together (Oxford University Press, 2008) and has published on music in a wide variety of collections and journals.

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