Country: RS

kӣr is the solo production epithet of Bane Jovančević, resident live artist and program manager of the Drugstore Beograd club. His first release “Imrali” was released on Creme Organization and the second one, “Mramorje”, came out via YEREVAN TAPES. By combining traditional and experimental influences in electro-acoustic music, Kӣr creates a sound in which drone-navigated post-industrial logos transgresses into a tribal mythos, in search for the traces of the future. The clash of synths and acoustics invokes an audio landscape of Byzantine sacral traditions and Balkan folklore rhythms. Kӣr’s symbolic language (Dimiskija, Imrali, Mramorje, Balčak) layers up with an ancient temporality and its logic of being that is not of the past but of our own time. 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, requires active listening to all of the otherworldliness 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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This artist participated in the SHAPE platform which concluded in 2022. The current version of the project is SHAPE+. Like its predecessor, it is co-funded by the European Union.