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Bitter Balls

by Karkhana

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    Comes in a beautiful gatefold sleeve that unfolds into a colored poster, with artwork by Studio Safar. Each disc is individually numbered.

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"Bitter Balls" showcases the incredible progression and artistic flow undergone by the Karkhana septet in the 5 years since its inception. Four new finely tuned compositions of crystal clear and deep, dark, distorted unrock – electric and acoustic. The cross between old school and contemporary oriental free-jazz sounds and western improv-prog. Ripe fruits of love and wisdom.


released March 20, 2020

All tracks composed, arranged, performed and produced by Karkhana

Umut Çaglar: zurna, guimbri, percussion
Tony Elieh: electric bass
Mazen Kerbaj: trumpet, electronics
Maurice Louca: organ
Sharif Sehnaoui: electric guitar
Sam Shalabi: electric guitar, oud
Michael Zerang: drums, percussion

Recorded by Fadi Tabbal and Anthony Sahyoun at Inter Arts Center, Malmö, Sweden, on 12-14 January 2018
Mixed by Fadi Tabbal at Tunefork Studios, Beirut, Lebanon
Mastered by Harris Newman at Greymarket Mastering, Montreal, Canada

Design by Studio Safar and Mazen Kerbaj
Produced by Annihaya in Lebanon

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Karkhana Beirut, Lebanon

Featuring some of the most innovative musicians from Beirut, Cairo, Istanbul and Chicago, Karkhana's seven multi- instrumentalists build a transcendental atmosphere, developing what could possibly be called "free Middle Eastern music".

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