Biography

Mark Gergis is a producer, musician and audiovisual archivist known for his radio and video productions, recordings and performances. His work has focused on regional folk-pop music from the Middle East and Southeast Asia, including Choubi and Dabke from Iraq and Syria.

As an archivist, Gergis is currently working on the project Syrian Cassette Archives, for which he aims to restore, preserve, catalogue and share his large collection of Syrian media from what can be called Syria’s ‘cassette era’ (1980s–2010). As an artist, he has released music internationally on the Sublime Frequencies label (2003–present) and performed music and audio works under the name Porest. He has also participated in musical projects in a number of other capacities, including Producer, AV Festival Radio Boredcast, UK (2012); Artist Management, Erkin Koray (2010–2012); Producer, BJÖRK/Omar Souleyman, One Little Indian, UK/Nonesuch Records, US (2011); Producer, Manager, Musical Director, Omar Souleyman Group (2006–2011) and Musical Composition/Sound Design, DANCE ELIXIR by Leyya Tawil, US and Syria, (2008–2010).

He has presented lectures and contributed to panels such as Outsider Archiving and the Sublime Frequencies Approach, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (2019)/Goethe Institut, Beirut (2018) and MEMORABILIA: Collecting Sounds with Mark Gergis, MACBA, Barcelona (2011).

He has received a Research and Regional Training Grant, Arab Fund for Arts and Culture, Beirut (2017) and a MEET THE COMPOSER/GLOBAL CONNECTION/Studio for Electro-Instrumental Music (STEIM) grant for a project to archive and compose around archival Lebanese wartime radio recordings with artists Raed Yassin (Beirut) and Liz Allbee (US). The STEIM grant included a two-week residency in Amsterdam (2008).

Born in 1969 in California, Gergis currently lives and works in London.

SAF participation:
Ma3azef Symposium on Arabic Music (2019)

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