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Mazen Kerbaj

Mazen Kerbaj is a Lebanese comics artist, visual artist and musician born in Beirut in 1975. He also works on selective illustration and design projects and teaches part-time at the American University of Beirut.

Kerbaj is the author of more than 15 books, and his short stories and drawings have been published in anthologies, newspapers, and magazines. His work has been translated into more than ten languages. His paintings, drawings, videos, live performances, and installations have appeared in various solo and collective exhibitions in galleries, museums, and art fairs around the globe.

Kerbaj is widely recognized as one of the initiators and key players of the Lebanese free improvisation and experimental music scene. He is the co-founder and an active member of MILL, the cultural music association behind Irtijal, an annual improvisation music festival held in Beirut since 2001 (www.irtijal.org), and the co-founder of Al Maslakh, the first label for experimental music in the region operating since 2005 (www.almaslakh.org).

As a trumpet player, Kerbaj pushes the boundaries of the instrument, following in the footsteps of pioneers like Bill Dixon, Axel Dörner and Franz Hautzinger. Since 2000, he has performed solo and with various groups in the Middle East, Europe, Canada and the USA.