Concert Concert: Maurice Louca - The Luck Hour

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Maurice Louca is one of the most interesting figures in the flourishing Egyptian experimental scene. He will present "The Luck Hour" just after the concert of the Halaqat Impro Orchestra in Bozar Studio; together with amazing percussionist Khaled Yassine who mentored the second Halaqat music residency.

Accompanied by the inventive minds of the Lebanese group "A" Trio (Mazen Kerbaj, Raed Yassin and Sharif Sehnaoui), the musician and composer Maurice Louca presents his new album Saet El-Hazz (The Luck Hour), which combines Egyptian chaabi, psychedelic folk and improvisation. This exclusively acoustic new opus marries various granular and unheard-of sounds, created from salvaged or "prepared" instruments such as tubes and garden hoses converted into trumpets, or guitars adapted to the scales of the maqam and strings lined with clothes pegs and other metal trombones. In its glowing review, The Guardian newspaper revealed that "What could, on paper, be provocatively “difficult” music becomes quite transcendentally beautiful."

Anthea Kady: cello
Mazen Kerbaj: trumpet
Raed Yasin: double-bass
Christina Kazarian: harp
Sharif Sehnoui: guitar
Khaled Yassine: drums, gamelan
Maurice Louca: guitar

The European project Halaqat is implemented by the Goethe-Institut in collaboration with Bozar - Centre for Fine Arts Brussels. Halaqat is co-funded by the European Commission (under the designation: EU-LAS CULTURE), the Goethe-Institut and Bozar.