- 2019 Le Confort Moderne, Poitiers
Muqata’a and ZULI completed a one-week residency (January 28 to February 4, 2019) at Le Confort Moderne, working together for the first time to create a live set of experimental hip-hop beats using multiple samples. They were chosen amongst a pool of 40 applicants with the advisory support of Maha ElNabawi (music journalist, EG) and Maryam Saleh (musician, EG).
Muqata’a (Palestine, b. 1986) is a producer and MC based in Ramallah. He creates sounds using sampled material, field recordings, and electronic devices, the results ranging between harsh beats, ambient tones, and glitch. He was co-founder of the Ramallah Underground Collective (2002 – 2009) and is co-founder and member of audio-visual group Tashweesh, with whom he is currently touring.
ZULI (Egypt, b.1984) is a multi-instrumentalist, producer, and sound artist from Cairo. From 2013 to 2015, together with Asem Tag ($$$TAG$$$), he co-headed VENT, an alternative music venue and club in Cairo, before transforming the project into a namesake club night and festival. In 2018, ZULI released his EPTrigger Finger on Haunter Records, as well as his debut LPTerminal on UIQ. Every second Tuesday of the month, ZULI hosts his own show on NTS Radio.
Le Confort Moderne is a major art center in Poitiers that has been exploring independent music and contemporary art production for thirty-two years, gaining international recognition for its concerts, exhibitions, encounters, and artistic innovation. Having re-opened in December 2017 after a major renovation, it occupies 8,500 square meters including a concert hall with capacity for 800 people and state-of-the-art light and sound equipment, a music club, a warehouse exhibition space, and a smaller gallery. Its facilities also include a restaurant, bar, record store, fanzine library, rehearsal studios, public garden, offices, storage, and an artist residency program.
The residency is offered for musicians to spend time focusing on working and creating. A public performance was programmed Saturday, February 2, 2019.