The everyman avantgardists in SVIN make up an unrestricted unit on a mission to create a greater genre diversity in a world where the music industry’s cash register sets the agenda. You can see them and D/B’s very own Dirk Markham aka Dirge performing live at West Germany this month.
Since starting in 2008 and releasing their debut “Heimat” in 2010 SVIN has made a positive impression on the Danish and international music scene. Recent years have included two tours of Germany and gigs in several trendsetting music venues and festivals. Among these was the SPOT festival where the band gained massive attention and received excellent reviews for their intense live-shows both in the Danish and international media. In the spring of 2013 they released “Secretly We Are Gay” and are right now working on material for a third album to be released in the spring of 2014.
SVIN is an unorthodox approach to instrumental music. They combine Sonic Youth’s repressed aggression and madness with Arvo Pärts’s fragile melodic vein and culminate in an energetic, extrovert African drum fest. The band has written themselves into the ranks of heirs to the founders of modern music, in a perspective that reaches further than the claustrophobic definitions and limiting genre divisions. SVIN celebrates freedom in music and hails independence, love and limitless diversity in art!
Dirge is the ambient/drone project by D/B editor Dirk Markham. Dirk has been making experimental recordings and teaching himself every instrument he can get his hands on since his years studying mental philosophy at Edinburgh University in the late 90s. While an ongoing collaborative exchange with the Forest Records Collective still provides a strong bond to Edinburgh, Markham has been residing in Berlin for the last 10 years where he previously worked for Gudrun Gut’s indie label monika enterprise and is now part of the research and development team with Native Instruments.
SVIN & Dirge
Sunday 24th May 2015 | 20:00
Westgermany | Skalitzer Str. 133 | 10999 Berlin/Kreuzberg