CD CS 025, Lisbon 2005
main activities are comics, painting and music. After a lot of works for
different publishers and magazines, it is in March 2000 that he releases
some of his more personal works in his Journal 1999 (a dairy in comics'
format). He self-published eight other books and many short stories since.
It is also in 2000 that he plays for the first time in concert, in the
Strike's pub in Beirut. This concert, a duo with Lebanese sax player Christine
Sehnaoui, is probably the first improvised music concert in the Middle
In 2001, together with guitarist Sharif Sehnaoui , he creates the MILL
association that curates since IRTIJAL an annual international festival
for free music in Beirut as well as various concerts and events (IRTIJAL
saw over the years some great improvisers like Fred Van Hove, Johannes
Bauer, Lê Quan Ninh, Franz Hautzinger...).
In august 2002, together with Sharif Sehnaoui and double bass player Raed
Yassine he recorded the album A published by La CD-Thèque, Beirut.
After meeting Franz Hautzinger by chance in Lebanon in February 2003,
they played in duo in Beirut and in Paris and in trio with Japanese laptop
player Taku Unami at the IRTIJAL 2003 festival. Then they were joined
by Sharif Sehnaoui and Helge Hinteregger to form Oriental Space quartet
that played in Nickelsdorf, Berlin, Vienna and Klagenfurt. A recording
of this group is avilable on the Austrian label aRtonal, and a recording
of the duo Hautzinger/Kerbaj is to be released soon on the Portugese label
Between 2000 and 2004, Mazen Kerbaj played in solo and various groups
in a lot of venues in Lebanon, Damascus, Paris, Bordeaux, Vienna, Berlin,
New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia...
Regular and occasional partners includes: Sharif Sehnaoui, Christine Sehnaoui,
Raed Yassine, Charbel Haber, Jad Balaben, Jassem Hindi, Franz Hautzinger,
Helge Hinteregger, Lê Quan Ninh, Bertrand Denzler, Stéphane
Rives, Edward Perraud, Taku Unami, Guillermo Gregorio, Gene Coleman, Toshimaru
Nakamura, Michael Zerang, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Jim Baker, Jack
Wright, Mike Bullok, Vic Rawlings, Nate Wooley...Kerbaj is going to release
soon a solo CD and a quartet with Sharif and Christine Sehnaoui and Ingar
Zach, on the newly born Lebanese label Al-Maslakh (the slaughterhouse).