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Percussionist Michael Zerang met free jazz legend Peter Brotzmann at the 5th Irtijal Festival Of Improvised Music in Beirut, 2006, to record these explosive improvisations from two players who walk unique and personal paths.

Brotzmann, Peter / Michael Zerang
Live In Beirut

Brotzmann, Peter / Michael Zerang: Live In Beirut (Al Maslakh)
Label: Al Maslakh    
Released in: Lebanon    


In July 2005, the Irtijal festival proposed two concerts(*) of the Brötzmann / Zerang duo in Beirut. This first appearance of German Free Jazz and Improv legend Peter Brötzmann on the middle-eastern/arabic underground scene definitely left a mark on both the players and the audience.

Brötzmann's raw energy found in Beirut "naturally" trained ears to react to his music. The intensity of his playing surprised at first an audience new to this kind of music, then drowned everybody in its tornado.

Zerang's performance is not a usual drummer's one. Not even in Brötzmann's standards. Rarely in the role of the accompanying rythmic partner, he is the perfect match to engage a dialog with the sax player. Passing from complex and intense rhythms to a minimalist/reductionist solo, Zerang ensorcelled the crowd, especially when he played hard-core rhythms and extended techniques on the lebanese national percussion instrument, the darbuka (or debakeh).


Besides the encounter with a new audience, these concerts were also the occasion for the first duo between Brötzmann and Zerang who share a decade of strong musicianship in groups like the Brötzmann/McPhee/Kessler/Zerang quartet or the Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet. The complicity between the musicians is evident from the first to the last sound, and the result is a CD that will definitely have a prominent place in the long Brötzmann history of sax/drums duos started in the seventies with Dutch drummer Han Bennink."-Mazen Kerbaj, march 2006

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Product Information:

Label: Al Maslakh
Catalog ID: MSLKH 03
Squidco Product Code: 16010

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2005
Country: Lebanon
Packaging: Cardstock Sleeve
Recorded by Marc Codsi at the Theatre Monnot, Beirut on July 10th, 2005.


Peter Brotzmann-tenor saxophone, tarogato, b-flat clarinet

Michael Zerang-drum set, darbuka, percussion

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Track Listing:

1. Illusion Of Progress 29:56

2. Yalla Kholoud 11:46

3. A Daytime Nightmare 12:44

4. Banyan Revolution 5:00