War, Propaganda, and Bombs

by Thomas Burkhalter

Musicians from Beirut talk about their sonic memories from the Lebanese Civil War (1975–1990) and the 2006 war between Israel and Hizbullah.

The Weeping Willow.

Published on August 28, 2009

Last updated on January 22, 2020


Thomas Burkhalter is an ethnomusicologist and cultural producer from Switzerland. He is the founder and director of Norient – Performing Music Research (norient.com), and artistic director of the Norient Film Festival. Recent main projects include the documentary film «Contradict» (2019), the AV/theatre/dance performance «Clash of Gods» (2018), and the re-launch of Norient (2019). He published the book «Local Music Scenes and Globalization: Transnational Platforms in Beirut» (Routledge), and co-edited «The Arab Avant Garde: Musical Innovation in the Middle East» (Wesleyan University Press).


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