Al Maslakh


Mazen Kerbaj | trumpet
Christine Sehnaoui | alto sax
Sharif Sehnaoui | electric guitar
+ guest percussionist

(ruba'i) - arabic word for quartet - was created in 2002 when 3 of the pioneers of free improv in beirut invited percussionist Le Quân Ninh for a quartet (Rouba3i1). They kept on performing as a quartet with various guest percussionist.

In 2000, Mazen Kerbaj, Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui opened a space for free improvised & contemporary music in Lebanon by creating the irtijal festival. They share a long term musical relationship & a common love for improvised meetings. Hence the Rouba3i principal is an ideal combination of both working together and interracting with a fourth musical identity.

As improvisors they have widely contributed to the development of the lebanese improvisation scene   & collaborated with musicians such as Stéphane Rives, Franz Hautzinger, Jean Pallandre, Michael Zerang, Wade Matthews, Michel Doneda, dancers Atsushi Takenoushi or Valerie Métivier among many others.


August 20 2002
Rouba3i (Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Lê Quan Ninh) in Beirut @ Strange Fruit.

September 29 2002
Rouba3i2 (Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Olivier Brisson) in Paris for "La Belle Soirée 02" @ 118, Hilton Palace.

April 3 2003
Rouba3i3 (Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Edward Perraud), in Beirut for the "Spring Meetings" @ Espace SD.

November 8 2003
Rouba3i4 (Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Sébastien Bouhana) in Paris @ Théatre sur le Pavé.

August 21 2004
Rouba3i5 (Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Ingar Zach) in Beirut for "Irtijal'04" @ Zico House.|

July 15 2005
Rouba3i6 (Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Michael Zerang) in Deir el Qamar @ French Cultural Mission.

September 28 2005
Rouba3i7 (Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Andrew Drury) in Middletown @ Wesleyan University.

September 30 2005
Rouba3i8 (Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Tatsuya Nakatani) in Brooklyn for "King Collision" @ B.P.M.

April 10 2006
Rouba3i9 (Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Fabrizio Spera) in Beirut for "Irtijal'06" @ Al Madina Theater.

April 11 2006
Rouba3i10 (Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Jason Kahn) in Beirut for "Irtijal'06" @ Al Madina Theater.

June 2 2006
Rouba3i11 (Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Christian Thomé) in Moers for "Moers Festival" @ Schloss Theater.

September 2 2006
Rouba3i12 (Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Liselotte Norelius) in Ystad for "Sonoric Perspectives" @ Ystad Konstmuseum.

September 3 2006
Rouba3i13 (Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Sven-Åke Johansson) in Ystad for "Sonoric Perspectives" @ Ystad Konstmuseum.

November 23 2006
Rouba3i14 (Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Margrit Rieben) in Berne for "Al Maslakh Festival" @ Reitschule.

November 24 2006
Rouba3i15 (Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Charles Hayward) in Berne for "Al Maslakh Festival" @ Reitschule.

November 26 2006
Rouba3i16 (Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Fabian Kuratli) in Berne for "Al Maslakh Festival" @ Reitschule.

February 10 2007
Rouba3i1.2 (Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Lê Quan Ninh ) in Paris for Irtijal - Paris Edition @ Instants Chavirés.

February 21 2007
Rouba3i17 (Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Paul Neidhart ) in Baltimore for The Tabadol Project @ Carriage House.

February 25 2007
Rouba3i9.2 (Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Fabrizio Spera ) in Philadelphia for The Tabadol Project @ International House.

February 27 2007
Rouba3i7.2 (Christine & Sharif Sehnaoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Andrew Drury ) in New York for The Tabadol Project @ The Society of Friends.


Al Maslakh 02: Rouba3i5 with Ingar Zach ( 2005 )

Olof Bright 16/17: Rouba3i12 with Liselotte Norelius & Rouba3i13 with Sven- Åke Johansson ( 2007), part of the compilation Ystad - Beirut

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