A newly commissioned composition by Egyptian musician and composer Maurice Louca, performed with a unique ensemble of experimental and improv musicians.
This new work builds on research conducted by Louca in Indonesia into gamelan percussion, particularly the saron – a form of xylophone that Louca tunes to play the traditional Arabic scale. The work reflects Louca’s interests in adapting instruments to play quarter tones, which lie at the centre of the Arabic maqam system of melodic modes.
This performance features members of one of the Arab world’s oldest improv bands, “A” Trio – renowned for their use of prepared classical Western instruments. Also joining the ensemble are cellist Anthea Caddy, harpist Kristine Kazarian, and Khaled Yassine on gamelan and percussion.
Anthea Caddy: cello
Maurice Louca: gamelan/percussion
Kristine Kazarian: harp
Mazen Kerbaj: trumpet/electronics
Sharif Sehnaoui: acoustic guitar
Raed Yassin: double bass
Khaled Yassine: gamelan/percussion
Maurice Louca + Guests is a collaboration between the Institute of Contemporary Arts and Mophradat, and forms part of the Mophradat Consortium Commissions.
Maurice Louca (b. 1982) is a Cairo-based musician and composer. He is the co-founder of the bands Alif, Bikya, Dwarves of East Agouza, and Karkhana. His latest album Elephantine (Northern Spy/Sub Rosa, 2019) is his first foray into guiding a large instrumental ensemble.