Mark Gergis is a producer, musician and audio-visual archivist known for his global music releases on the Sublime Frequencies label, as well as his music and audio works under the name Porest – spanning decades of recordings, performances, radio and video productions. His work has focused on regional folk-pop music from the Middle East and Southeast Asia, including regional Choubi and Dabke from Iraq and Syria. Mark’s projects have received support from UK Arts Council, Sound and Music (UK), MACBA (Barcelona) and AFAC. With his current project, Syrian Cassette Archives, Mark aims to restore, preserve, catalog and share his collection of Syrian media from what can be called Syria’s cassette era (1980s-2010), which ended with the onset of the devastating conflict in Syrian in 2011.
As of March 2019