SNEERS is a two-piece band formed in Berlin, but we're currently living in Rome. Their music is based on the pursuit of noise expression through primitive sounds [like bells and drums], inharmonious melodies [guitars and looped sounds] and experimental stuff [such as a drum synth that transforms the snare's waves]. Sneers.' first LP " For Our Soul-Uplifting Lights To Shine As Fires" came out in January 2014 for the italian underground label Brigadisco Records, it got several reviews and it was broadcasted from United States' WFMU Radio. After the release of their first LP Sneers. had several gigs around Europe, and a very long tour in Italy. Between July and August 2015 they'll be recording the new album, supposed to come out in few months.
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Max Bogner is a musician, dancer and performance artist originating from Vienna currently living and working in Berlin. He has been playing under different monikers (Margaret X, MARARA, Peggy Famous) of which his best known and most frequently used is Margaret Unknown.
Over the past decade he founded and lead several groups like the ensemble (In) The Abyssity Of The Grounds with Mario Rechtern (DE/AT), Linda Sharrock (US) and Didi Kern (AT) amongst a constantly shifting international line-up and the two piece performance group Gueule Populaire, focusing on the combination of sound and movement with longtime collaborator Rosi Themsen Rehaug (H/AT), influencing and contributing to the Viennese improv scene as well as being an active player in Europe and Africa.
Idiomatically always moving in different terrains he is constantly shifting the center of attraction, moving against stagnancy to continually evolve and overcome the boundaries, pushing towards the unknown. His work thrives on a highly energetic persona and performance, demanding a fundamental and radical approach towards the intuitive and complete free improvisation, which though recently is more and more combined with compositional structures and elements embedded into it.
His performances have included solo and group dance elements leaning on the traditions of butoh; up to 12 hours long, durational actions, exploiting the individual perception and therefore possible expansion and contraction of time and space; states of meditation and trance evoked through total concentration of material, it's nature either minimal and calm using mesmerizing mantra like repetitions, soothing the mind through use of silence and breath as well as absolute vibrant and bodily domination of space through extreme volumes and oppressing, overwhelming structural intensity in whos core as well lies a journey and lodge of resolution and oblivion for the mindful participant without prejudices.
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