For the past few years, I have had the concern to combine contrasted, sometimes antithetical ideas into single pieces of music. This endeavor spans from the various musical esthetics i have adopted in my work within the last decade. How can these elements be brought back together? Can multiple time signatures overlap? How to give them unity within their differences, and, moreover: what would justify their coexistence?
In this new solo work, I chose to use an “autobiographical” approach, delving into unusual states of mind induced by past feelings & relationships, reflecting upon the ambivalent impact of these various experiences on one’s artistic visions. I tried to translate this into simple, yet complex pieces of music using the electric guitar, various effects, and looping techniques to be able to layer these ideas into subjective sonic constructs.
Sharif Sehnaoui, Beirut, 2019.