kӣr is the solo production epithet of Bane Jovančević, resident live artist and program manager of Belgrade’s club Drug§tore. His first release Imrali was on Creme Organization and second one Mramorje was released on Yerevan Tapes. By combining traditional and experimental influences in electro-acoustic music, Kӣr creates the sound in which drone-navigated post-industrial logos transgresses into a tribal mythos, in search for the traces of future. The clash of synths and acoustics invoke an audio landscape of Byzantine sacral traditions and Balkan folklore rhythms. Kӣr’s symbolic language (Dimiskija, Imrali, Mramorje, Balčak) layers it up with an ancient temporality and its logic of being that is not past but our own. The basic concept is to challenge conventional and predominant rhythmic structures in music by juxtaposing traditional rhythms with contemporary electronic sound design. The visual imaginary invoked in the sound – that of a forest air, a river, a hum of birds – delivered through the ruthlessness of the machine, insist on an active listening, to all the otherworldly of this world. It is music that hypnotizes, contemplates and raves. And it always dances.
Last two years were very busy, with Electronic Studio Radio Belgrade residency, then composing for a theater play “Stvaranje Čoveka” at one of the leading Serbian theaters “Atelje 212”, and with residency in Reykjavik, working on music for conceptual performance “Hai Maei” with local artist Borghildur Indriðadóttir. Next release Balčak is scheduled for January 2020. on Don’t DJ’s labe Disk.
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