Mario Batkovic

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Mixing classical and contemporary sound, composer Mario Batkovic seeks to explore the sonic possibilities of his instruments, without effects or loops, rather through a mutualist symbiotic relationship between man and instrument. Challenging, hypnotic and grandiose; Batkovic’s symphonic vision is unique and he has received widespread critical acclaim, including Rolling Stone magazine who voted his self-titled debut album in the Top 10 ‘Best Avant Albums of 2017’.

Batkovic is an aesthete, typified in the quality of his writing and arrangements. Challenging, experimental and always hypnotising, his music crosses conventional borders. As a composer, producer and performer, he combines various musical disciplines, taking the accordion to new levels.

Mario Batkovic released his new album ‘INTROSPECTIO’ on the 3rd December 2021 via Invada Records to widespread critical acclaim.

His new album is a self-questioning, self-examination of society and the meaning of sound. Featuring collaborations with electronic sorcerer James Holden and former BEAK> member Matthew Williams aka MXLX, in addition to drummer Clive Deamer (Radiohead/Portishead/Robert Plant/Roni Size), saxophonist Colin Stetson and concert choir Cantus Domus, Batkovic questions the place of sound, clichés and prejudices, taking the listener on a journey through infinite universes of sound.

Batkovic has toured around the world and has performed at festivals and venues including Bushfire (South Africa), Supersonic (UK), Le Guess Who (Netherlands), Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Foundation Cartier (Paris) and Berghain (Berlin). He has contributed compositions to film and game including Die Schwalbe (2016), Neighbours (2021) and Red Dead Redemption II (2018).

“Batkovic is a minimalist, culling mesmerizing melodies and sounds”
– Rolling Stone
“Swiss lightning-conductor drags humble accordion screaming into futurity”
– Mojo
“Finds an immense strength in nothing but his one instrument”
The Quietus
“A musician who specialises in intense, otherworldly compositions”
“Reminds me of why I fell in love with music in the first place”
Louder Than War