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mazen kerbaj
comics author - musician
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born in 1975 in beirut
sin el fil - pobox 55581
beirut - lebanon   
phone: +961 3 779053
fax: +961 1 483377
email
website: www.kerbaj.com

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education
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1994 - 1999
alba (lebanese academy of fine arts) - beirut
degree in graphic arts and advertising - option: illustration
first of the promotion
mounir takchi award 1999

1993
french baccalaureate

1978 - 1993
lycée franco-libanais - beirut


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complete biography - comics and illustration
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october 2005
personal exhibition at espace sd - beirut

may 2005
"gens de beyrouth" personal exhibition at albi - france

april 2005
participation to the national day for the end of civil war in martyrs square
one page in le monde on the theme of "national union"

february 2005
publishing of four drawings in the collective book "territoire méditerranée" published in switzerland by pro helvetia

december 2004

"eye and ear" collective exhibition at corbett & dempsey gallery chicago - usa

november 2004
illustration workshop for alba students

october 2004
publishing by la cd-thèque of "24 poèmes" and "une partie de scrabble" two new books

2002 - present
courses for usek graphic design students (comics, layouting and art direction courses)

2000 - 2004
illustrations for femme magazine - beirut

january 2003 - october 2003
illustrations for ten stories for children (released in summer 2004 by lebanese publisher samir )

april 2003
publishing of "une enfance heureuse" a story in 8 pages on the web site of french comics' magazine jade .

april 2002
self-publishing of "achèvement", an adaptation in 14 pages of a 1958 poem by lebanese artist laure ghorayeb.

2002
personal exhibition in the comics festival beirut

2002
advertising course for usj (iesav) audio-visual students

2002
illustration course for lau graphic design students

october 2001
self-publishing of the following comic books:
- tênh-tênh nº1
- le pique-nique
- le point noir
- le bout du tunnel

2001 - 2002
drawings and comics pages for commerce du levant - beirut

2000-2001
drawings and comics pages for la revue du liban - beirut

june 2000
publishing with the help of alba university of "journal 1999" (a diary in comics format)

march 1999
first book published by layali publishing. this book is called "djoudjou... et les autres".

1997 -1998
very active collaboration (reviews, comics pages, illustrations) to l'orient-express, a monthly social and political magazine.

1994 - 1995
first published comics pages in safari , a monthly magazine for teenagers (one to two pages per month).

1989 - 1990
first published illustrations in epsilon - beirut

1986
first illustrated story (text on one side and drawings on the other) - unpublished


nb: are not listed here all the occasional collaborations to magazine and newspapers as well as the jobs for advertising (posters, flyers, storyboards etc.). are not listed also the unpublished comics, drawings and illustrations.


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complete biography - music
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actual projects:

• solo (trumpet & prepared trumpet) MP3
• duo with sharif sehnaoui (lebanon / electric guitar) or raed yassine (leb / double bass) or trio with both.
• duo with franz hautzinger (austria / trumpet) - MP3 1 MP3 2
• duo with stephane rives (france / soprano sax)
• trio with mike bullock (usa / double bass + electronics) and vic rawlings (usa / cello + electronics)
• bao trio with charbel haber (leb / electric guitar) and jad balabane (leb / didgeridoo, percussions, electronics) or duo with charbel haber
• rouba3i with christine sehnaoui (sax alto), sharif sehnaoui and an invited percussionist
• oriental space quartet with franz hautzinger (austria / trumpet), helge hinteregger (austria / sampler) and sharif sehnaoui
• bnoise - the first authentic lebanese boys band with charbel haber, marc codsi (leb / electric guitar) and jassem hindi (leb / electronics)
• mukhtabar ensemble with christine sehnaoui, bechir saadé (leb / clarinet, flute, nay), marc codsi, sharif sehnaoui, charbel haber and raed yassine


education:

1993 - 1996: discovery of jazz then free jazz and improvised music.
1994: first contact with an instrument, the trumpet.
1994: first private trumpet lessons with elie menassah (lebanese trumpet player and teacher at the national conservatory)
1997: decision to stop the lessons and continuing in autodidact.
1997: practicing the alto then the soprano and tenor sax.
2001: discovery of the prepared trumpet


on cd:

bao: trio with with charbel haber (leb / electric guitar) and jad balabane (leb / didgeridoo, percussions, electronics) recorded and released in july 2005 on the label those kids must choke - beirut
brt vrt zrt krt: trumpet solo recorded in january 2005 and released in may 2005 on the label al maslakh - beirut
rouba3i5: quartet with sharif sehnaoui, christine sehnaoui and ingar zach (norway / percussions) recorded in august 2004 and released in may 2005 on the label al maslakh - beirut
abu tarek: duo with franz hautzinger (austria / trumpet). recorded in august 2003 and released in may 2005 on the label creative sources - lisbon
franz hautzinger oriental space : quartet with hautzinger, helge hinteregger and sharif sehnaoui. recorded in january 2004 and released in november 2004 on the label aRtonal - vienna
•  A: disc in trio with sharif sehnaoui and raed yassine. recorded in august 2002 and released in april 2003. produced by the cd-thèque - beirut.
•  alternate take: one duo track with raed yassine on "jazz is alive" a compilation produced in august 2002 by the cd-thèque - beirut
•  songs for evan (part 3 & 5): one solo track on "beirut incognito" a compilation produced in february 2002 by the cd-thèque - beirut

concerts and projects:

2005

• 31 august 2005
bao duo with charbel haber (leb / laptop) at zico house - beirut

• 30 august 2005
concert with martin küchen (sweden / alto sax), christine sehnaoui (leb / alto sax), raed yassine (leb / double bass), jassem hindi (leb / electronics), bechir saadé (leb / clarinet) and sharif sehnaoui (leb / guitar) at zico house - beirut

• 28 august 2005
bao duo with charbel haber (leb / laptop) at show academy - beirut

• 27 august 2005
trio with martin küchen (sweden / alto sax) and sharif sehnaoui (leb / guitar) at espace sd - beirut

• 21 august 2005
bao duo with charbel haber (leb / laptop) during né à beyrouth film festival at cinema empire - beirut

• 22 july 2005
concert with mukhtabar ensemble + stéphane rives (fr / soprano sax) at centre culture français - deir el kamar, lebanon

• 17 july 2005
bao duo with charbel haber (leb / laptop) + projections by andré chammas and amin dora at the basement - beirut

• 15 july 2005
concert with rouba3i6 composed of kerbaj / sehnaoui / sehnaoui / michael zerang (usa / drums) at centre culture français - deir el kamar, lebanon

• 14 july 2005
concert with gene coleman (usa / bass clarinet), michael zerang (usa / drums), christine sehnaoui (leb / alto sax) and sharif sehnaoui (leb / guitar) at hotel kadri - zahleh, lebanon

• 8 to 11 july 2005

organization by MILL of the fifth edition of the "irtijal" festival for free improvised music. this 2005 edition presented 14 concerts over four days in three different locations in beirut.
9 july: concert with mukhtabar ensemble + gene coleman (usa / clarinet, conduction) and michael zerang (usa / drums) at espace sd - beirut
10 july: concert with domino workshop ensemble conducted by markus eichenberger (switzerland) at monnot theater - beirut w/ marc codsi (leb / guitar), john Dikeman (usa / tenor sax), Quentin Dubost (fr / guitar), mayaline hage (leb / voice), jassem hindi (leb / clarinet, electronics), stéphane rives (fr / soprano sax), bechir saadé (leb / clarinet, flute, nay), christine sehnaoui (leb / alto sax), sharif sehnaoui (leb / guitar)
11 july:
trio with Quentin Dubost (fr / guitar) and stéphane rives (fr / soprano sax) at espace sd - beirut

• 29 may 2005
solo and duo with sebastien cirotteau (fr / trumpet) at seb's - toulouse, france

• 28 may 2005
quartet with sebastien cirotteau (fr / trumpet), heddy boubaker (fr / alto sax) and thomas olbrechts (belgium / alto sax) at la maison peinte - toulouse, france

• 26 may 2005
solo at (?) - barcelona, spain

• 22 may 2005
trio with sebastien cirotteau (fr / trumpet) and eva hahn (fr / shakuachi) in Sivens Forest during the musique quotidien sonore festival - albi, france

• 19 may 2005
solo at jour de fête during the musique quotidien sonore festival - albi, france

• 6 may 2005
solo (trumpet and electronics) at the gallery - beirut

• 22 april 2005
duo with sharif sehnaoui (leb / electric guitar) + quartet w/ sehnaoui, wade matthews (usa / bass clarinet) and raed yassin (leb / doublebass) at rue 24 - beirut

• 21 april 2005
trio with wade matthews (usa / electronics) and christine sehnaoui (leb / alto sax) during the "wade matthews plus friends" concerts at rue 24 - beirut

• 15 april 2005
duo trumpet / video with raed yassin (leb / live video processing) at espace sd - beirut

• 26 march 2005
duo with peter schuback (sweden / cello) at rue 24 - beirut

• 11 march 2005
duo with stephane rives (fr / soprano sax) at espace sd - beirut - CANCELLED

• 5 march 2005
double solos with stephane rives (fr / soprano sax) at rue 24 - beirut

• 25 february 2005

concert with BNOISE at espace sd - beirut

• 19 february 2005
concert with BAO trio + laurent grappe (fr / electronics) at rue 24 - beirut

2004

• 3 december 2004
concert with charbel haber (electric guitar), marc codsi (electric guitar), jad balaben (electronics) and mayaline hajj-boutros (voice) at espace sd - beirut

• 11 september 2004
solo concert part of anti-crisis festival at zico house - beirut

• 20 to 23 august 2004

organization by MILL of the 2004 edition of the "irtijal" festival for free improvised music. this 2004 edition presented 14 concerts over three days in three different locations in beirut.
21 august:
concert with rouba3i5 composed of kerbaj / sehnaoui / sehnaoui / ingar zach (norway / drums) at espace sd - beirut
22 august:
concert with bao trio + stephane rives (fr / soprano sax) at zico house - beirut

• 16 august

concert with OMI music 2004 orchestra at the consulate of argentina - new york

• 15 august

concert with OMI music 2004 orchestra at the OMI campus - new york

• 27 july
trio w / vic rawlings (usa / cello & electronics) and mike bullock (usa / upright bass & electronics) at the midway cafe - boston

• 24 july
trio w / guillermo gregorio (argentina / clarinet) and michael zerang (usa / percussion) at the candlestick maker - chicago

• 23 july

trio w /   jim baker (usa / electronics) and fred longberg-holm (usa / cello) at the candlestick maker - chicago

• 22 july
solo concert at the 3030 - chicago

• 21 july

trio with jack wright (usa / alto & soprano sax) and fritz welch (usa / drums) at the pourhouse bar - brooklyn, new york

• 18 july

"no net" festival - workshop followed by night performances with jack wright (usa / saxophones) and invited musicians (ricardo arias - usa / balloons, mike balisteri - usa / bass, dan blacksberg - usa / trombone, dan breen - usa / saw and cymbals, charles cohen - usa / buchla music easel, paul neidhart - usa / percussion, anna troisi - italy / electronics, vic rawlings - usa / cello adn electronics, nate wooley - usa / trumpet) at rotunda - philadelphia

• 17 july

"no net" festival - workshop followed by night performances with jack wright (usa / saxophones) and invited musicians (ricardo arias - usa / balloons, mike balisteri - usa / bass, dan blacksberg - usa / trombone, dan breen - usa / saw and cymbals, charles cohen - usa / buchla music easel, paul neidhart - usa / percussion, anna troisi - italy / electronics, vic rawlings - usa / cello adn electronics, nate wooley - usa / trumpet) at high wire gallery - philadelphia

• 3 july

concert with bao trio + jean pallandre (fr / electronics) at the rue 24 - beirut

• 5 june
duo with marc codsi (leb / electric guitar) at the rue 24 - beirut

• 1 may
concert with bao trio + sharif sehnaoui (leb / electric guitar) at the rue 24 - beirut

• 30 april
solo concert at the rue 24 - beirut (PICT 1, PICT 2, PICT 3 )

• 10 april
concert with the bao trio (kerbaj / haber / jad balaben) at the rue 24 - beirut (PICT 1, PICT 2)

• 19 march to 4 april
live music for the theater play "zaman al jarad", at the théâtre monnot - beirut (PICT)

• 11 february 2004
concert in trio with sharif sehnaoui (leb / electric guitar) and raed yassine (double-bass) at the french cultural center of damascus - syria (PICT)

• 31 january 2004
concert with oriental space quartet composed of franz hautzinger (austria / trumpet), helge hinteregger (aust / sampler), mazen kerbaj and sharif sehnaoui, at the künstlerhaus klagenfurt - austria

• 29 january 2004
recording session with oriental space quartet at amann studio - vienna:
afternoon: studio recording
evening: live recording

• 27 january 2004
jam session directed by kerbaj, sehnaoui and hinteregger at the fluc - vienna.

• 26 january 2004
concert in trio with sharif sehnaoui and helge hinteregger at the fluc - vienna.

• 22 january 2004
concert with oriental space quartet at the haus der kulturen der welt - berlin, during the transonic 2004 festival

• 20 january 2004
participation to the "wie viele modernen kennt die neue musik?" conference that took place at the haus der kulturen der welt - berlin, during the transonic 2004 festival curated by gene coleman.
performances during this conference:
- solo piece (prepared trumpet)
- trio piece with sharif sehnaoui and toshimaru nakamura (japan / no input mixing board)
- trio piece with sharif sehnaoui and guillermo gregorio (argentina / clarinet)
- trio piece with gene coleman (usa / bass clarinet) and ayo autarma (indonesia / tarompet)
- large ensemble piece with all the musicians and dancer participating in the conference:
gene coleman, maureen fleming (usa / dance) guillermo gregorio, dedy hernawan (indonesia / rebab), jin hi kim (korea / komungo), akikazu nakamura (jp / shakuhachi), toshimaru nakamura, sharif sehnaoui and ayo sutarna.

• 17 january 2004
concert with the oriental space quartet at the jazzgalerie - nickelsdorf, austria.


2003

• 14 november 2003
concert in duo with raed yassine in the submarine base of bordeaux - france, during the NOVART 2004   festival.

• 8 november 2003
concert in duo with stéphane rives at the théâtre sur le pavé - paris.
concert with rouba3i4 composed of kerbaj / sehnaoui / sehnaoui / sébastien bouhana (fr / percussions) at the théâtre su le pavé - paris

• 14 september 2003
performance with 20 artists (musicians, actors, dancers) on the martyrs' square in downtown beirut. this performance was organized by nadim deaïbess on the theme "beirut, the city of it's citizens".

• 26 august 2003
recording in studio of the hautzinger / kerbaj duo. these tapes are still unreleased.

• 23 to 25 august 2003
organization by MILL of the 2003 edition of the "irtijal" festival for free improvised music. this 2003 edition presented 14 concerts over three days in three different locations in beirut.
24 august: concert with franz hautzinger (aust / trumpet) and taku unami (japan / electronics) during "irtijal 2003" at the théâtre al-madina theater (PICT 1, PICT 2)
25 august: concert with bertrand denzler (fr / tenor sax), charbel haber and raed yassine during "irtijal 2003: at the kalinka pub.

• 20 august
participation to the 10 th topophonie performance in two lebanese remote villages:.
day performance at rachana with:
members of topophonie : dante feijoo, théo jarrier, thierry madiot, sharif sehnaoui, sophie agnel, li-ping ting
invited artists : jasem hindi, quentin dubost, olivier brisson, erell latimier, charbel haber, daniel balabane, maya-lynn hajj, marc codsy, benjamin renard, pascale jarrier, christine sehnaoui, michel tabet, caroline tabet, camille mallat.
night performance under the natural bridge of faqra with :
the topophonie members and the following invited artists: caroline tabet, christine sehnaoui, camille mallat et pascale jarrier.

• 25 june 2003
concert with raed yassine at the goethe institut , beirut
concert with jam b and raed yassine at the goethe institut , beirut

• 15 june 2003
participation to the 9th topophonie performance in valle de marne, france.
participants to topophonie #9 :
members of topophonie : hélène breschand, dante feijoo, théo jarrier, thierry madiot, sharif sehnaoui, sophie agnel, pascal battus, li-ping ting.
invited artists : massimo carrozzo, arnaud rivière, paul schaeffer, marie estève, thomas charmetant, george karam, murielle hladick, jean-luc guionnet, alex bellenger, miho, didier audinet, nicolas souchal, abril padilla, wilfried wendling, anna jarrier, quentin dubost , jean bordé, stéphanie auberville, charbel haber, lucio capece, david audinet, martine rousseau, léo pochat, fleur bouscaud, bénédicte bahini, michel tabet, alfred spirli, bertrand gauget, nancy val, frédéric blondy, christelle chatalin, karim sebbar, chim nwabueze, agnès palier, caroline pouzolles, olivier brisson, stéphane rives, eric la casa, christine sehnaoui.

• 8 and 9 june 2003
invited to participate in two days of work with the parisan orchestra IVRAIE composed of:
pascal battus, lucio capece, massimo carrozzo, bertrand denzler, bertrand gauguet, thierry madiot, agnès palier, edward perraud, stéphane rives, christine sehnaoui, sharif sehnaoui
other invited musicians to these sessions : quentin dubost, charbel haber, franz hautzinger, seijiro murayama, robert piotrowicz, anna zaradny

• 6 and 7 june 2003
organization by MILL of aux croisés , two days of concerts and meetings at the instants chavirés , paris.
7 june: performance with charbel haber inside the caroline pouzolles' sound installation during aux croisés .
7 june: concert in duo with franz hautzinger (austria / trumpet) during aux croisés .

• 22 may 2003
concert in duo with raed yassine at the cd-thèque - beirut, for the launch of the cd "A" by the trio kerbaj/sehnaoui/yassine.

• april 2003
organization by MILL of the "spring meetings" first edition. this new annual event presents concerts and workshops.
3 rd of april: concert with rouba3i3, composed of kerbaj / sehnaoui / sehnaoui / edward perraud (fr / percussions) during the "spring meetings 2003" at the espace sd , beirut.
4 april: concert with sharif sehnaoui, edward perraud and stéphane rives (fr / soprano sax) during the "spring meetings 2003" at the zico house , beirut.
6 april: concert with sharif sehnaoui and raed yassine during the "spring meetings 2003" at the espace sd , beirut (PICT)
workshop with stéphane rives (5 april)
workshop with edward perraud (6 april)


2002

• december 2002
part of the caroline pouzolles (fr / sound artist) sound installation made at zico house , beirut:
performance inside the installation with three other musicians (jad balabane, daniel balabane and charbel haber)
performance in solo with three dancers improvising inside the installation.

• 29 september 2002
concert with rouba3i2 composed of kerbaj / sehnaoui / sehnaoui / olivier brisson (fr / percussions) at 118, hilton palace - paris.

• 19 september 2002
concert with sharif sehnaoui and alexandre bellenger at the squat 118, hilton palace during the festival "art and squat" in paris.

• 24 and 25 august 2002
recording in studio with sharif sehnaoui and raed yassine of the cd "A" (released in 2003)

• 20 august 2002
concert with rouba3i composed of kerbaj / sehnaoui / sehnaoui / lê quan ninh (fr / percussions) at the strange fruit - beirut.

• 19 august 2002
concert in duo with christine sehnaoui at "salima workshop" in a remote lebanese village.

• 18 august 2002
organization by MILL of the 2002 edition of the "irtijal" festival for free improvised music at the théâtre de beyrouth theater.
concert with sharif sehnaoui and raed yassine during "irtijal 2002"

• april 2002
recording in studio of five duo pieces with raed yassine from which two will appear on the "jazz is alive" compilation produced by the cd-thèque , beirut.

• 1 st of april 2002
concert in solo at the strange fruit , beirut.

• 9 march 2002
concert in solo (trumpet & saxophones) during the "shams" festival for theater, dance and music at the théâtre de beyrouth.

• 2 march 2002
concert with the group jam b, composed of daniel balabane, antoine balabane (leb / djembe) and edgar aho (leb / soprano sax) during the "shams" festival for theater, dance and music at the théâtre de beyrouth.

• 15 february 2002
concert with daniel balabane (leb / djembe) and bechir saadé (leb / clarinet) at the cd-thèque , beirut.

• 4 february 2002
recording in studio of five trumpet pieces from which two will appear on the "beirut incognito" compilation produced by the cd-thèque , beirut.


2001

• 15 august 2001
concert with sharif sehnaoui and nabil khoury at the orange mécanique , beirut.

• 9 august 2001
organization by MILL of the 2001 edition of the "irtijal" festival for free improvised music at the masrah.com theater, beirut. this edition was the first to include international artists.
concert in trio with yann charaoui (leb / electronics) and alexandre bellenger (france / electronics) during "irtijal 2001".

• july 2001
concert in duo with nabil khoury (leb / double bass) at the orange mécanique , beirut.


2000

• august 2000
the MILL association is created together with guitarist sharif sehnaoui and saxophonist christine sehnaoui, to promote improvised music in lebanon. the first event organized by MILL was a mini festival of three concerts that took place the 13 th of august at strike's , beirut.
concert in duo with christine sehnaoui (leb / alto sax). this concert is probably the first concert of free improvised music in the middle east
concert in duo with sharif sehnaoui (leb / guitar, trombone)