Širom & Yann Gourdon 

Exclusive artistic residency and commission of a new work with premiere at the festival! Both Širom and Yann Gourdon are explorers within the field of imaginary folk, within which they embody tradition and deconstruct it in their own totally unique soundscapes. They are both immersive, contemplative, psychedelic, ecstatic but at the same time on the edges of experimentalism and careful explorations of sound. You wouldn’t be blamed if you hear neofolk, drone, ambient, minimalism, free jazz, post rock, proto techno, noise, gamelan, medieval music and dozens of twisted traditional musical forms from around the world simultaneously. Their first collaboration is really a match made in heaven and Sonica is proud and excited to commission their exclusive collaboration, which is now ready to hit international stages.

Frédéric D. Oberland, Irena Z. Tomažin, Fanny Béguély: ARBA, DÂK ARBA

Exclusive commission of the installation piece turned into a record and now for the first time turned into a live concert! Frédéric D. Oberland and Irena Z. Tomažin’s »ARBA, DÂK ARBA« was conceived as the soundtrack for the eponymous installation piece by the French artist Fanny Béguély. First presented at Tourcoing’s Le Fresnoy Studio National des Arts Contemporains in December 2019, Béguély’s chemically painted photographs focused on humankind’s propensity for self-examination and its attempts to probe the mysteries of the past, present and future. In 2020 they released material as a critically acclaimed album on Swiss label Hallow Ground. Now Sonica Festival is proud to commission them for a live version of »ARBA, DÂK ARBA« and make it available for the stages, galleries and museums to immerse them into the mysterious dark ambient and haunting soundscapes. The duo is channeling the pervasive mysticism around them. Blurring the lines between the physical and psychic as well as the real and the hallucinatory with their music.

Tony Elieh, Jaka
Berger, Branimir Štivić

Exclusive residency that will seek various new cultural, artistic and human relations(hips). Lebanese bassist Tony Elieh, local drummer and electronic artist Jaka Berger and Croatian electronic and multimedia artist Branimir Štivić will create an entirely new work, embroidered through the potential fields of free improvisation, post rock, noise, dub, ambient music and audio-visual performance. Two major figures from their respective local experimental music scenes will collaborate with multimedia artist immersed in sound, but expressed through various means of multimedia, expanded cinema, music and video synthesis. They will try to break current post-covid immersion in technologically mediated reality while also exploring its undercurrents.