Sharif Sehnaoui is a free improvising guitarist from Beirut. He plays both electric & acoustic guitars with extended and prepared techniques focusing on expanding the intrinsic possibilities of these instruments without the use of effects or electronics. He divides his time between Paris, where he started his career as an improviser in 1999, playing at Instants Chavirés where he was a member of several orchestras (Motorchestra, Ivraie…) and shared musical relationships with french musicians Stéphane Rives, Quentin Dubost, Thierry Madiot, Jean Bordé, Pascal Battus or Sophie Agnel among many others, and Beirut where has actively contributed to the emergence of a unprecedented experimental music scene. Along with Christine Sehnaoui & Mazen Kerbaj he created the “Irtijal” festival in 2001 that is at the moment the only improvised and new music festival in the arab world. He also runs the Al Maslakh label, created by Kerbaj, and devoted to "publish the unpublishable" on the Lebanese musical scene.
He has so far collaborated with musicians and artists such as Michael Zerang, Wade Matthews, Axel Dörner, Jean Pallandre, Ingar Zach, Tom Chant, Le Quân Ninh, Nikos Veliotis, Gene Coleman, Masahiko Okura, or buto dancer Atsushi Takenoushi.