Supporting Act: Fadi Tabbal

Live visuals : Firas Hallak

Saturday 20 October 2018
Doors open at 9:00 PM
Concert starts at 9:30 PM
Ticket: 20.000 L.L.
20% Students discount (upon showing their student ID)

Kinematik is an instrumental rock band from Lebanon, whose music blends elements of 70’s psychedelia, progressive rock and post-rock.

Kinematik was formed in the winter of 2014 by Anthony Sahyoun and Rudy Ghafari as a rock/electronic project with no incentive to perform but only to compose music. By the summer of 2014 the duo had evolved into a 5-piece band with the addition of Akram Hajj, Roy Khazen and Gerard Rechdan in the rhythm section. Rechdan left the band in the winter of 2015.

Kinematik’s rock sound is both diligent and intuitional, ranging from raucous improvisational psychedelic rock to steady and mechanical electronic grooves, with frequent post-rockclimaxes. Immediate points of comparison include Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Loop,as well as Can (for the tendency towards Motorik beats) and Tortoise (for the intricacies of their layered compositions).

Kinematik composes instrumental pieces that feature dynamic contrast, strong melodic lines, a heavy use of distortion and effects,and some reliance on electronics and synthezisers. Their performances have earned them a solid reputation and massive local following over the years, both on account of the musicians’ vibrant stage presence and on the sound of the fluid always shifting delivery of the material.

Kinematik have performed the biggest alternative festivals in Lebanon (wickerpark, irtijal) and also toured Europe in the Fall of 2017 and played the monumental french venue by Jacques Nouvel L’institut du Monde Arabe.

Following a series of live performances all over Lebanon, the band started collaborating with renowned Lebanese producer Fadi Tabbal from Tunefork Studios (Postcards, Bunny Tylers, Safar, Filter Happier, etc.), who produced their debut LP ALA’. In order to preserve the raw and vital feel of Kinematik’s live performances, the album was recorded on reel to reel tape, a recording process that has not occurred in Lebanon for the last decade.

The album was released by Ziad Nawfal’s independent label Ruptured on LP and CD in limited editions of 300 copies, in March 2017.