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In the case of the music of Nicolas Artuso-Royer, the struggle is less political than artistic.Artuso-Royer will front the opening concert of Irtijal 14, the 14th edition of the International Festival for Experimental Music in Lebanon, being staged Wednesday at the Beirut Art Center.Co-founded by Sehnaoui and trumpet player and visual artist Mazen Kerbaj, Irtijal has been an intriguing phenomenon on the Lebanese art scene.The natural habitat for Beirut's sound artists and experimental musicians migrating from various musical fringes (from indie rock to jazz), the event regularly hosts up to 30 international performers a year.One of the inter-festival collaborations in the program is "Wormholes & Hoye," featuring two electric guitarists – Sehnaoui and Jean-Francois Pauvros – and two live painters – Kerbaj and Vincent Fortemps.Irtijal's programs are always varied – boasting a range of genres that includes free improvisation, free jazz, contemporary classical, post-rock, experimental electronic music and sound art. Sehnaoui feels that the 2014 program is particularly varied, with the sounds in virtually every concert different from one another.
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