Sharif Sehnaoui is a free improvising guitarist who plays both electric and acoustic guitars, with (or without) extended and prepared techniques, focusing on expanding the intrinsic possibilities of these instruments without the use of effects or electronics. He has performed his music worldwide and played in many clubs and festivals, including Soundfield (Chicago), Moers, Konfrontationen (Nickelsdorf), Météo Music Festival (Mulhouse), CTM & Maerzmusik (Berlin), FEST (Tunis), Skanu Mesz (Riga), 100Live (Cairo), and Musikprotokoll (Graz). In Lebanon, he actively contributed to the emergence of an unprecedented experimental music scene, and in 2000, Sehnaoui and Mazen Kerbaj founded Irtijal, a annual international festival and the oldest improvised and new music festival in the Arab world. Sehnaoui also runs the labels Al Maslakh and Annihaya. His main performance groups and projects include the “A” Trio and Wormholes.
Photo: Tanya Traboulsi