The Dwarfs of East Agouza is a trio from Cairo, Egypt, featuring Maurice Louca (Alif, Bikya), Sam Shalabi (Land of Kush, Shalabi Effect) and Alan Bishop (Sun City Girls, The Invisible Hands, Alvarius B.). Born during 2012 when the three were living in the same apartment building in Cairo’s Agouza district, the trio’s instrumental improvisation-based explorations are propelled by Louca’s North African percussion loops and shimmering keys, Shalabi’s West African tinged free jazz guitar and grounded by Bishop’s driving Krautrock-style acoustic bass.
Named after the Ancient Egyptian dwarf deity who was worshiped as the defender of all things good and enemy of all that is bad the trio captures a hypnotic yet unpredictable journey that skirts the outer limits of a psychedelic soundtrack to a North African road trip.
Istanbul native Görkem Şen invented and designed the Yaybahar, an acoustic string instrument that with no addition of electronics or amplification drifts sounds into mesmerizing spheres.
Please expect a mind expanding travel through sounds produced by an one-of-a-kind instrument played by this amazing craftsman/sound-designer/composer.
The Dwarfs Of East Agouza + Görkem Şen LIVE
Tuesday, 3rd July 2018 | Doors 21:00 CET | Starts 22:30 CET
arkaoda | Karl-Marx-Platz 16 | 12043 Berlin
Band Photograph by Maged Nader