NAWA RECORDINGS ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF THE DWARFS OF EAST AGOUZA’S DEBUT ALBUM
AND CO-HEADLINE EUROPEAN TOUR WITH MAURICE LOUCA
Band photo credit: Maged Nader
Nawa Recordings are proud to announce the release of Bes, the debut album by The Dwarfs of East Agouza and their upcoming co-headline European tour with Maurice Louca and Sublime Frequencies DJ-sets by Alan Bishop from 28 January to 14 February 2016. The Dwarfs of East Agouza is a trio from Cairo, Egypt, featuring Maurice Louca (Alif, Bikya), Sam Shalabi (Land of Kush, Shalabi Effect) and Alan Bishop (Sun City Girls, The Invisible Hands, Alvarius B.).
Born during 2012 when the three were living in the same apartment building in Cairo’s Agouza district, the trio’s instrumental improvisation-based explorations are propelled by Louca’s North African percussion loops and shimmering keys, Shalabi’s West African tinged free jazz guitar and grounded by Bishop’s driving Krautrock-style acoustic bass.
Following many a late night jam session, the band recorded hours of material during a three-day studio run in April 2014. After compiling and mixing the album in Montreal’s Break Glass studio in July 2015, the refined result will be released as a double-album titled Bes via Nawa Recordings (NAWA005) on 2xLP, 2xCD and DL on 29 April 2016.
Named after the Ancient Egyptian dwarf deity who was worshiped as the defender of all things good and enemy of all that is bad, Bes captures the trio on a hypnotic yet unpredictable journey. From the the lilt of four-minute ethiopian tinged Resinance to the 30-minute free-form epic Museum of Stranglers, the album skirts the outer limits of a psychedelic soundtrack to a North African road trip.
Bes by The Dwarfs of East Agouza will be available on CD, black & limited edition coloured 12” vinyl LP and download, including Mastered for iTunes and lossless high-definition 24-bit/96kHz audio files. The album artwork features a reproduction of an ancient Egyptian carving of the dwarf god Bes, painted by Egyptian artist Raafat Al-Kordy, designed by Iraqi-Palestinian graphic designer and illustrator Sara Sukhun.
01 Baka of the Future (09:38)
02 Clean Shahin (06:58)
03 Where’s Turbo? (16:10)
04 Hungry Bears Don’t Dance (04:31)
05 Resinance (03:59)
06 Museum of Stranglers (35:01)
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Their upcoming pre-album release tour will see the trio set-off on their first European live outings co-headlining with Maurice Louca’s trio and Sublime Frequencies DJ-sets by Alan Bishop. The tour will take in Sweden, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland and France, including Berlin’s acclaimed CTM Festival co-curated this year by Lebanon’s Rabih Beaini a.k.a Morphosis. Following the success of his last European tour in autumn 2015 in support of his Nawa Recordings album Benhayyi Al-Baghbaghan (Salute the Parrot), Maurice Louca will hit the road again in trio with Bashar Farran (Bass Guitar) and Tommaso Cappellato (Drums).
CONFIRMED TOUR DATES
28 Jan 2016 – Oceanen – Gothenburg, SE
29 Jan 2016 – Inkonst – Malmö, SE
30 Jan 2016 – CTM Festival – Berlin, DE (Maurice Louca)
31 Jan 2016 – CTM Festival – Berlin, DE (The Dwarfs of East Agouza)
02 Feb 2016 – Pantropical – Worm – Rotterdam, NL
03 Feb 2016 – OCCII – Amsterdam, NL
04 Feb 2016 – Recyclart – Brussels, BE
05 Feb 2016 – Karlstorbahnhof – Heidelberg, DE
06 Feb 2016 – Südpol – Lucerne, CH
07 Feb 2016 – Bee Flat – Bern, CH
08 Feb 2016 – Cave 12 – Geneva, CH
09 Feb 2016 – Instants Chavires – Paris, FR
11 Feb 2016 – Le Lieu Unique – Nantes, FR
12 Feb 2016 – Kunstencentrum BELGIE – Hasselt, BE
13 Feb 2016 – Vera – Groningen, NL
14 Feb 2016 – Baustelle – Leipzig, DE
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