Friday, October 23, 2015
Mark Gergis (Sublime Frequencies, Sham Palace – US)

Curator of some of the most astounding collections of music from the deepest reaches of our world – from old Saigon Rock to Syrian wedding ballads – Mark Gergis aka Porest is a specialist of rare international sounds and audiovisual culture. This will be a night of intrigue and dancing – don’t miss it.

Mark Gergis is responsible for the release of the aeon-traversing sounds of Saigon’s finest rock and roll tracks from the 60s and 70s, immortalized in the “Saigon Rock and Soul” compilation that is the quintessential listening for anyone who’s ever felt a pang of love for the wild, volatile, often intense and seductive pull of this city. These were the tracks that formed the backdrop to life in the city for thousands of youth trying to enjoy life and rock’n’roll.

But that compilation is not all Gergis has been responsible for. Under the label Sublime Frequencies, he has undertaken explorations of all sorts of hidden sounds from across the world, from radio broadcasts across Asia to discovering the former Syrian wedding singer known as Omar Souleyman who has now gone on to become a global sensation. Gergis’ knack for identifying sounds that are eternal in their relevance to the human soul and it’s need to rock ’n’ roll is unsurpassed.

Let’s get subliminal.

10PM / FREE before 11PM / 100K after

Mark Gergis (Sublime Frequencies / Sham Palace)
Mark Gergis – aka Porest – is a composer, performer, producer and international audio/visual archivist. Since 2003, with the Sublime Frequencies label, an ethnographic music and film collective out of Seattle, Washington – and since 2011, with his own record label Sham Palace, Mark has been able to share decades-worth of archived international music, film footage and field recordings acquired during extensive travels in the Middle East, Southeast Asia and elsewhere.