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Experimental 2016 - Kelsely Abaza


Sat 30 Jan 2016, 8:00pm–12:00am

Where: The Auricle, 35 New Regent Street, Christchurch

Restrictions: R18

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: hullo

Kelsely Abaza is an Egyptian composer and producer of avant-garde electronic music working in New Zealand.

His work has been well-received by Egyptian reviewers such as Mashareeb and Ahram Canada magazines describing it respectively as "very special, very distinctive, very daring and very unusual" and as a "masterful" mix "between the classical, the traditional and the best of modern experimental music."

Other recent commentary in Egyptian media on Abaza's work (January 2016) described one of his pieces, 'Sojourn', as a “show of force [through] complex arrangements [displaying] orchestral beauty so that indeed we feel that we are listening to a full orchestra.” An earlier review of other compositions (October 2015) stated that - “[Kelsely Abaza’s] style is eclectic; the arrangements, sound design and instrumentation sounds accomplished and professional. His melodies are at times dark, at times playful and addictive, hypnotic and satisfying.”

Abaza will perform 'Experimental 2016' (working title) - a selection of unreleased compositions chosen to suit a venue such as the Auricle which is dedicated to experimental Sonic Art.

In addition, 'Mood Up the Mode' - a standalone single by Kelsely Abaza - has been released for download on 12 December 2015. On 2 January 2016 Abaza released 'Amira', a more accessible tune of laid-back electronica dedicated to his sister. You may hear them at the Bandcamp link provided.

The concert will be opened by Christchurch musician Michael Summerfield who will perform works specifically written for the occasion.

Estimated length of the work: 50-60 minutes.

Michael Summerfield will perform for an estimated 30 additional minutes.

@kelselyabaza on Twitter.


Ⓒ Ahmed Tarek Bahgat Abaza 2015-2016.

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