BEIRUT: With 18 international and Lebanese musicians and three visual artists all performing for twelve hours non-stop, the Drone is expected to make a lasting impression!
Organized by Ziad Nawfal, a Beirut based DJ, producer, music promoter, and the owner of Ruptured Record label, and Nathan Larson, a Sweden based guitarist, songwriter, author, and one of the founders of Lumen Project; the Beirut Drone’19 has been set for Saturday, June 15.
Although a friend to Lebanon, Larson is no stranger to continuous music events, as he has organized multiple twenty-four and twelve-hour music concerts.
“It’s a format that we have been doing for years,” Larson told Annahar. “It came out of a tradition that started in the early sixties in New York.”
Coming from an English background, the word “drone” in music is defined as a long-sustained note. Larson further explained this concept in terms of the uninterrupted performances and the multiple genres played during an event that range from classical to dream pop, ambient, electronic music, and Neo-classical music.
For the venue, which was chosen very carefully, Beirut Drone’19 will be held at Zoukak Studios-Qarantina. Nawfal and Larson strived to create the effect of an embracing environment, where the audience can feel fully submerged in the audio/visual musical experience.
“You can get into a sort of meditative state and you’re encouraged to lie down. In this sense, it’s not like the performers are up on stage expecting to be looked at,” Larson added.
As for sound acoustic and dynamics, Nawfal described it as “the biggest challenge.” With multiple acoustic instruments and electronic artists, the partners had to combine and match each artist with the right person to form a homogenous mix of acoustic and electronic music.
“How are we going to have a digital musician combined with a percussionist, a cellist, a violinist, and a modular synthesizer on one stage for twelve hours? That was the actual challenge; everything else was very easy,” Nawfal told Annahar.
The Drone experience will also include visual-audio combined with visual performances throughout the seamless music.
“The visual part of it is very important. It also of takes away the emphasis from the performer and allows the performer to feel a little bit more relaxed,” Nawfal and Larson explained.
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