July 28, 2006

Mazen Kerbaj, Rooftop Trumpeter in Beirut

Mazen Kerbaj, Rooftop Trumpeter in Beirut

Mazen Kerbaj, a Lebanese musician and comics artist, lives in Beirut; last week a friend put us in touch with him through one of Mazen’s bandmates here in Boston. Every day since the conflict started Mazen has been scratching out pen and ink cartoons — captioned with poems — to document the strange new realities of his life. He’s agreed to let us post some of his work here.

See Mazen drink Turkish coffee. See Mazen pack a change of clothes to go to the supermarket. Hear Mazen blow a reedy trumpet riff against a baseline of Israeli bombs.

bombs_near

July 15, 2006:

‘4:51 am

closer explosions

little by little, people wake up and

get out on their terraces to hear

where the sounds are coming

from’

[mazen_kerbaj / Flickr]

coffee

July 21, 2006: ‘Slowly but surely, my brain is getting as dark as a Turkish coffee.’ [mazen_kerbaj / Flickr]


For more, click through Mazen’s blog or his photostream on Flickr. For more on the improvisational music scene in Beirut, look here. For more graphic diary blogs, check out this roundup by Global Voices.

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  • I watched the slide-show of Mazen’s drawings with the sound piece playing. WOW! Thanks, I love Mazen’s drawings.

  • nabobnico

    How magnificent and eery. I loved hearing him play against the Israeli bombs dropping. It reminded me of the cellist in Sarajeco who played in the market square during the Serbian Siege. What happened to him anyways? I think I heard that he was eventually killed, but I’m not sure…