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Saade is a multi-instrumentalist woodwind musician active on
mainstream as well as free improvisation music scenes. He has played and
performed in numerous festivals, projects and venues with different musicians
from jazz, to traditional Middle Eastern music.
Since Saade became active in freely improvised music he has played with
musicians such as Wade Matthews, Ernesto Rodrigues, Martin Kuchen, David
Stackenas, Michael Zerang and many others. In Lebanon, he regularly participates
in the Irtijal festival (the annual free improvised music festival) and
numerous other festivals and events throughout the year.
He founded with six other Lebanese musician the first Lebanese ensemble
of experimental music "Al Mukhtabar" that plays improvised as
well as composed music. Al Mukhtabar Ensemble – a formation that
includes Sharif Sehnaoui, Christine Sehanoui, Mazen Kerbaj, Jassem Hindi,
Charbel Haber and Raed Yassine – already worked with Gene Coleman,
Stephane Rives, Jason Kahn and is constantly inviting many international
musicians interested to play with Lebanese musicians.
Bechir Saade is currently exploring the musical heritage found in traditional
Middle Eastern techniques of improvisation, which is underemphasized and
largely unappreciated in his region. He seeks to
establish a link between this heritage and the forms of development encountered
in certain kinds of contemporary music.