Mario Batkovic is a virtuoso solo accordion player originally from Bosnia, now based in Switzerland. His playing can be challenging and experimental, yet it maintains a masterfully beautiful quality. He scratches every nuance out of the instrument, integrating scratches and clicks into the arrangements and making a feature of the kind of tonal scars and birthmarks which are usually eradicated from recordings and live performances.
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At times the playing sounds like low end distorted feedback, at other times like an obscure analogue synthesiser. But the common thread running throughout is the quality in the writing and arrangement, and Batkovic's mastery of this instrument. He sees his mission as an advancement in the sonic possibilities available to the accordion, and in the communication of these sounds.
After having his music introduced to Portishead's Geoff Barrow, Batkovic was invited to support Beak> on their most recent UK tour. On the strength of these performances, Barrow then signed him to his record label, Invada.
Batkovic studied under Prof. Elspeth Moser at the renowned Hochschule für Musik and Theatre in Hannover, Germany, and went on to graduate as a Master of Arts in Chamber Music Improvisation in the Musik Akademie of Basel, Switzerland.
His solo album will be released on Invada Records in Autumn 2016.