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<h3 style="text-align:center"><em>- Dear friends, following the recent catastroph in Lebanon, we have decided to donate 10% of this campagin to the lebanese NGO Beit El Baraka, working on the ground since 2018, offeri</em><em>ng food &amp; shelter to those most in need -</em></h3> <p style="text-align:center"><img alt="" height="161" src="" width="116" /></p> <hr /> <h2 style="text-align:center"><strong>ON/OFF</strong></h2> <h3 style="text-align:center"><strong>In December 2019, I felt the necessity to make a record in Lebanon -my first.</strong></h3> <p>In particular in the&nbsp;family house in the moutains, near the <em>Jaj</em> cedars forest. It always had been a place I&nbsp;imagined myself recording, even if it is not equipped&nbsp;for&nbsp;a studio recording at all. It was just calling me, the silence, the physical organic sensation I&nbsp;have there, far from...everything.</p> <p><img alt="" height="256" src="" width="460" /></p> <p>So the question was, how to make it possible?</p> <p><img alt="" src="" width="100%" /></p> <p>I gathered my team from France and Lebanon, and with their help we imagined ways&nbsp;to make it happen. The biggest challenge was to find solutions in terms of electricity as we only have 6 hours of it there. Not mentionning the acoustic ;&nbsp;and mattresses were our best option... With the help of my talented friends and family in Lebanon we were able to travel and make this recording a reality, in a country that was already starting to collapse. We were creating something where everything was collapsing.</p> <p>The piano set:</p> <p><img alt="" height="656" src="" width="436" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3 style="text-align:center"><strong>Now the record is finished: set to be released October 23rd,&nbsp;i&rsquo;m eager to get it out there -- </strong></h3> <p>The first single, Zakrini, is already released, and you can listen to it here:</p> <div class="k-ResponsiveIframeContainer"><iframe allow="autoplay; fullscreen" allowfullscreen="true" frameborder="0" height="281" scrolling="no" src=";display_name=YouTube&amp;;;key=8b7d8dd6504d41af9a77662672aabc2a&amp;type=text%2Fhtml&amp;schema=youtube" title="YouTube embed" width="500"></iframe></div> <p>For the record&rsquo;s artwork I&nbsp;asked the young and brilliant painter <em><strong>Lossapardo</strong></em> - he was able to translate in his paintings the organic feeling of the record. He painted like we recorded, roughly&nbsp;and sincerely. We have printed a selection of his paintings and will be offering them during this campaign.</p> <p>Here are the three paintings he did especially for this record and that we are offering here. These are limited prints (100ex only!), on fine-art Hahnem&uuml;hle paper, and signed &nbsp;for those who&#39;d like.</p> <p><img alt="" src="" width="100%" /></p> <p>His painting of the electric counter comes from a picture of the house&#39;s actual counter - electricity going on and off every day. It&nbsp;was a huge part of the living/recording process, and it inspired the name of the record: On/Off.</p> <p><img alt="" src="" width="100%" /></p> <p>Work on candles:</p> <p><img alt="" src="" width="100%" /></p> <p>We also wanted to offer&nbsp;a t-shirt and a hoodie, and for this we teamed up with my&nbsp;friend Jalal Kassar and his Lebanese/UK brand <em><strong>Uncivil (Bliss)</strong></em>. Here is the hoodie On/Off he designed for us:</p> <p><img alt="" src="" width="100%" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Now to make all this come together, as we are entirely independant, we opened this online shop for pre-orders till the release of the album.&nbsp;We are launching&nbsp;this very&nbsp;first&nbsp;crowdfunding campaign&nbsp;during which we&rsquo;ll be offering&nbsp;exclusive packages for those being with me&nbsp;since the beginning, and those who want to show support for my&nbsp;music&nbsp;and projects.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

Allocation of funds

<p><strong>10% of all the money collected here, we will donate to the lebanese NGO Beit El Baraka who are working on the ground since 2018, offering food &amp; shelter to those most in need.</strong></p> <p><img alt="" src="" width="100%" /></p> <p>If this campaign is successful, and we sell over 300 products, then we will be able&nbsp;to make a documentary film about the whole recording sessions.</p> <p>We would work on this with the help of our dear and&nbsp;talented&nbsp;visual team from Lebanon,&nbsp;Wise Guys (Nizar Ghanem, Habib Saleh and Charbel Abi Semaan), and we really hope to show you how&nbsp;On/Off was made. You can check the beautiful teaser they did for the album, on the top of the&nbsp;page.&nbsp;</p> <p><img alt="" src="" width="100%" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We&#39;d also like to finance some more touring, when the conditions will allow us&nbsp;to be back on stage again, when the concert halls and festivals will re-open, with the strong wish to reunite&nbsp;in your city,&nbsp;including in MENA -&nbsp;</p> <p>A huge thank you to all involved in the recording. Peace be with you:</p> <p><em>Francois Baurin, Clement Marie, Nizar Ghanem, Habib Saleh, Charbel Abi Semaan, Fida Zalloum, Charlie Senecaut, Rawad Jaafoury, Etienne Ziller,&nbsp;Dogan Poyraz, Youssef, my parents Marcel &amp; Yolla Khalif&eacute;, Tony Khalif&eacute;, Pierre Basbous, Epicerie Souad + Elie &amp; Family, Blanket the cat, Malcolm Ouzeri, Anwar Taxi,&nbsp;Nenad Gajin, ma 3rika, Alexis Bardinet,&nbsp;Etienne Ziller, Idol, Asterios, Ideal Rights, Velvetica, Big Wax, I See Colors, Rita Bassil...Christophe.</em></p> <p><img alt="" src="" width="100%" /></p> <p>and mattresses were our best option...</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

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