Mazen Kerbaj is a Lebanese artist and trumpeter living in Beirut. His blog is a moving and beautifully judged document of the current Lebanese-Israeli conflict. Mostly Mazen has been posting drawings made as the bombs fall; many, like the one on the left, are struggling with the question “how do I represent sound in a drawing?” This is not a blog about politics, or resistance, it’s about expression and survival, and thus humanity.
On the first night that the bombs started falling, Mazen stood on his balcony and recorded an improvised duet between his trumpet and the bombs and the sounds of Beirut under fire. He has posted 6 1/2 minutes of this online, and it’s available through various sources here (and likely elsewhere too). Listen. It’s a powerful testament.