Iritjal Festival at Wabe / 8-10.10.2021

Iritjal is the Arabic word for ‘improvisation’. Iritjal is also the name of the festival for contemporary and experimental music founded in 2001 in Beirut, the oldest music festival in Beirut and one of the longest-running festivals in post-war Lebanon. It took place every year, has grown steadily ever since, and established itself as the most important festival of experimental music in the Middle East. To mark its 20th anniversary, the Irtijal Festival is cooperating with the concert series biegungen im ausland.

Essentially twelve musicians from Beirut and twelve musicians from Berlin take part in the festival, some of whom get to know each other anew and mostly form new groups. The festival extends over three days and will open on October 8 with an talk by Irtijal co-founder Mazen Kerbaj and biegungen curator Mathias Maschat. There are three different groups performing each evening, supplemented each day by a shorter solo set. In addition to the concerts, an exhibition designed by Hatem Imam on the occasion of 20 years of Irtijal can be seen in the foyer of the WABE.

Three days of concerts, talks, exhibition, Dj set with: Christine Abdelnour, Rabih Beaini, Burkhard Beins, Tony Buck, Paed Conca, Axel Dörner, Tony Elieh, Ali Hout, Hatem Imam, JD Zazie, Mazen Kerbaj, Abed Kobeissy, Andrew Lafkas, Magda Mayas, Aya Metwalli, Andrea Parkins, Youmna Saba, Sharif Sehnaoui, Fadi Tabbal, Liz Tabet, Michael Thieke, Michael Vorfeld, Biliana Voutchkova, Ute Wassermann & Raed Yassin.

BIEGUNGEN PRESENTS: Iritjal Festival  Berlin

08-10.10.2021 | Doors 19:00 CET | Starts 19:30 CET
WABE Berlin | Danziger Strasse 101 in 10405 Berlin-Prenzaluer Berg | Event @ Facebook

Opening talk with Mazen Kerbaj and Mathias Maschat

Praed Unplugged
Raed Yassin – double bass
Paed Conca – clarinet

Four or the Dragon
Abed Kobeissy – buzuq
Ali Hout – percussion
Ute Wassermann – voice
Andrea Parkins – accordion, electronics, objects

Fadi Tabbal – guitar

Liz (Elyse) Tabet – electronics, modular synthesizer
JD Zazie – turntables
Axel Dörner – trumpet
Michael Thieke – clarinet


“Noise on Paper” – Präsentation von Hatem Imam

Magda Mayas – Clavinet
Abed Kobeissy – Buzuq

Fadi Tabbal – Gitarre
Tony Elieh – E-Bass
Tony Buck – Schlagzeug, Perkussion
Youmna Saba – Gitarre

Aya Metwalli – Synthesizer, Gitarre, Stimme

Biliana Voutchkova – Violine
Raed Yassin – Kontrabass
Andrew Lafkas – Kontrabass
Sharif Sehnaoui – Gitarre


Aya Metwalli – Synthesizer, Gitarre, Stimme
Ali Hout – Perkussion
JD Zazie – Turntables

Andrew Lafkas – Kontrabass
Youmna Saba – Gitarre

Liz (Elyse) Tabet – Elektronik, Modular-Synthesizer

Burkhard Beins – Perkussion
Michael Vorfeld – Perkussion
Mazen Kerbaj – Trompete
Sharif Sehnaoui – Gitarre
Christine Abdelnour – Saxophon

DJ-Set by Rabih Beaini

Supported by Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa and the Musikfonds e. V. / Die Bundesbeauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien.
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