Featuring some of the most innovative players from Beirut, Cairo and Istanbul, Karkhana met for the first time in Beirut in 2014, bringing together influences from the three major experimental music scenes of the region and beyond. Through their live shows, the band's seven multi-instrumentalists build a transcendental atmosphere developing what could possibly be called free Middle Eastern music. Shades and traces of shaabi, tarab, sufi and much more are heard in the distinct blend of free jazz and psychedelic krautrock they've created.
Featuring Sharif Sehnaoui on electric guitar, Sam Shalabi (The Dwarfs of East Agouza) on oud and electric guitar, Maurice Louca (The Dwarfs of East Agouza) on organ and synth, Umut Çağlar (Konstrukt) on zurna, gralla, bamboo flutes, and percussion, Mazen Kerbaj on trumpet, Tony Elieh on electric bass, and with the recent addition of Michael Zerang on drums.
Recorded and mixed by Matt Bordin at Outside Inside Studio - in only two days
Vinyl edition of 500 copies out now on Holidays records.
Squadra Omega is one of the bands which best represents the vast
spectrum of the Italian underground. Psychedelic, avant-garde,
jazz-rock, improvisation, kraut-rock, rock in opposition and
ethno-tribalism blend seamlessly into the work of a collective that
moves and expands depending on the urgency of the moment.
Three tracks that stretch their eyes at Orient or Africa as well as into
the depths of the cosmos, landing on the side of the art-rock of the
'70s and towards some psychedelic, visionary, cinematic drives then
explode into a real ecstatic trip. Inputs from Coltrane, Canterburian
jazz-rock, Grateful Dead and Synthy-Space views are melted into
free-form landings until they discover their own personal form of prog.
Different Universes collide and coexist in the band in a constant
mutation, maintaining faith in one single ideal: "music for the third