Egyptian Females Experimental Music Session goes surround

Borealis/BEK/Lydgalleriet 09.03.2016 10.0011.03.2016 16.00


The workshop starts at BEK and ends at Lydgalleriet/Østre, where they will be able to test out the full 24 speaker MULTI rig. We hope to be able to have them back in Bergen sometimes later and hear what this workshop will lead to.

For years now, Asmaa Azzouz, Shorouk El Zomor, Jacqueline George, Nina El Gebaly, Hagar Masoud and Ola Saad have been collectively and individually intertwined within the world of sound art, noise, and experimental music. All six musicians are each direct musical descendents from the brilliant sound artist and curator Ahmed Basiouny, who tragically lost his life while protesting in Cairo during the January 2011 revolution. Basiouny is known for being one of the pioneers of sound art through his deconstruction and reconstruction of the traditional sonic sphere. With the use of tone generators, pitch and timbral deconstructions, jazz structures, field recordings and layers upon layers, this project is a true testament to free and creative expression. It is emblematic of Cairo’s soundscape, at the same time traces of melodies and rhythms can be found through this beautifully orchestrated and outrageous experiment in a radical Do-It-Yourself fashion.

After the concert Thursday night Mahmoud Refat plays 100 Copies Music. Producer and musician Mahmoud Refat and the record label 100 Copies have been at the heart of Egyptian underground music for years. He brings a record bag stuffed full of the latest Egyptian releases, party music hot from Cairo´s dancefloors.

Supported by Embassy of Egypt in Oslo, Norway and Music Norway.