open call
Tuesday 19 December 2017 - Monday 22 January 2018

Open callEnsemble with Sharif Sehnaoui | Experimental music workshop

“The need to discover new things and to react, whether with hate or with love, applause or protest, praise or contempt… I believe this is the essential component of my idea.”
– Sharif Sehnaoui

On the occasion of the exhibition Home Beirut. Sounding the Neighbors, MAXXI is presenting an educational workshop with the Lebanese artist Sharif Sehnaoui.
The workshop will permit experimentation with music, investigating together with the artist the origins and the realities of a new musical scene underlying which is the “Irtijal” improvisation that accompanies the musicians in an unpredictable journey within the world of sound.
Examining the origins and influences of each musician, the workshop will be an opportunity for exchange and personal enrichment, thanks not only to the experience of the artist, but above all to his idea of making music together, of collaborating and drawing inspiration from the experiences of others.
At the end of the course, there will be a performance open to the public, an ensemble in which the participant will be able to perform alongside Sharif.
The workshop will be held in English.
Sharif Sehnaoui is a freely improvisational guitarist. He plays both electric and acoustic guitars, with (or without) the use of extension and preparation techniques and he focuses on the expansion of the intrinsic properties of the instruments, without recourse to electronic effects or devices. In his country he has contributed to the birth of an unprecedented experimental music scene and still today represents an important point of reference on the Lebanese cultural, political and social scene.

12-13-14 February 2018, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

The workshop is aimed at musicians – of all levels – who together with the artist will be able to construct and experiment with exchanges and contaminations between genres, musical paths and sounds.
The workshop will be run with a minimum of 15 participants.

The cost for each individual participant is € 350.00 (all travel and board and lodging expenses to be met by the participant).

If you would like to participate in the workshop please complete the form below by 22 January 2018.
MAXXI will select the participants on the basis of their curricula by 1 February 2018. All fees should be paid by 5 February 2018.

For further information please write to