from the February 2016 issue
Mazen Kerbaj, born in 1975, lives and works in Beirut. His main activities are comics, paintings, and music. He has published eleven books and many short stories and drawings in anthologies, newspapers, and magazines in throughout the world. Kerbaj is also one of the founders of the Lebanese free improvisation scene, both as a trumpet player and as an active member in the MILL association, which organizes the annual Irtijal festival (www.irtijal.org) in Beirut since 2001. In 2005 he launched Al Maslakh, the first label for this music in the region (www.almaslakh.org). In 2009, after fruitful collaborations with Lebanese cult punk rock band Scrambled Eggs, he launched a new sublabel, Johnny Kafta’s Kids Menu (www.johnnykafta.com), to produce alternative and experimental rock music from Lebanon. Between 2000 and 2011, Mazen Kerbaj played solo and with various groups in the Middle East, all around Europe, and in the USA.
Translated from French by Mercedes Claire Gilliom
Mercedes Claire Gilliom is a freelance translator based in Chicago.