“During the last few weeks, my friends and family have mistaken the work of Christine Abdelnour Sehnaoui for both a broken air conditioner and a car dying outside my window. I can’t say that I blame them. Her recordings call to mind unoiled hinges, deflating balloons, asthma attacks. This Parisian alto-saxophonist, born 31 years ago to Lebanese émigré parents, plays like music does not exist. When she performs live, Sehnaoui clamps her eyes tightly shut – an expression that speaks to the intensity of focus she applies to her challenging and surprisingly diverse oeuvre. . . Sehnaoui comes from a school of improvised music obsessed with the sonic possibilities of things.”

My article on Christine Abdelnour Sehnaoui for The National is now online. Ordinarily I harbor a strong dislike for the saxophone. But in Christine’s hands, it is pure weird gold. Continue reading.



go Luke go! years ago he was in a very nice quiet band called Maya Deren that played at a few of our Toneburst parties in Boston.

Lucky Dragons – Mirror Friends

LD will perform in NYC this saturday. “Lucky Dragons shows are about the birthing of new and temporary creatures– creating equal-power situations in which audience members cooperate amongst themselves, to build a fragile network of digital signals connected by touching on the skin.”

Their new album, Dream Island Laughing Language, is made in other ways, but the live show process sounds fascinating.

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Fairuz. Why not? from the live album Dabkat. (in-depth wikipedia article on the Lebanese megastar)
Fairuz – Addouara