Porest – aka: Mark Gergis – is a composer, performer, producer and international audio/visual archivist. Across twenty years, Porest has released several solo and group efforts incorporating agitprop sound art, tilted pop songs, and surrealist radio dramas. Live solo and group performances slip between heady multi-instrumentation and "absurdist" dirty bombs. Gergis was a co-founder of the long-running experimental Bay Area music and performance collective Mono Pause –as well as its offshoot Neung Phak, performing inspired renditions of southeast Asian musics. Since 2003, with the Sublime Frequencies label, an ethnographic music and film collective out of Seattle, Washington – and more recently, with his own record label – Sham Palace, Mark has shared decades of research and countless hours of archived international music, film footage and sound recordings acquired during extensive travels in the Middle East, South East Asia and elsewhere.

POREST • Discography
1993 - "Prude Juice For the Heritage Swinger" – self released cassette
1998 - "Switchgrass" – self released cassette
2000 - "Toywar Lullabies" Compilation CD (etoy) "Something Secret"
2003 - "Prude Juice for the Heritage Swinger" CD (Seeland 528/Electro Motive Records)
2004 - "Giardia Gain" CD (Ltd. edition of 100)
2005 - "Mood Noose" CD (Resipiscent 006)
2006 - "Tourrorists!" CD (Abduction - ABDT034)
2006 - "Femme Toupee" (issue #1) compilation CD/book (Femme Toupee) "How Things Work" & "The Key and the String"
2006 - "Hip Hop Shop Sweepers Vol.1" - Japanese compilation CD (777was666) "Dim Timplet" / "Halfway to Palestein"
2006 - "Live From The Devil's Triangle" - 2XCD compilation (KFJC) – Porest & Liz Allbee - "Laden Bottom"
2007 - "Brutal Sound FX Compilation And Exhibition Of Strange Fact" ‎(Enterruption C-94 - 2xCassette Compilation) "The Price Of Rice"
2007 - "Welcome To Baradise" – 60 min film/webcast for wormweb.nl
2008 - "This Is WORM.Station" CD compilation (NL) (Gonzo Circus) "Orient Distress"
2008 - "O Sirhan, O Sirhan" (issue #2) magazine & DVD feat. Porest booklet with interview by Jorge Boehringer + short film "Syria Dabke Hama"
2009 - "Half Loom" 78RPM Single (Nice Ass Records)
2013 - Three Porest audio programs produced for AV Festival (UK) "Radio Boredcast" (curated by Vicky Bennett)
= 1. "Radio Between the Lines and Before the EU"
= 2. "Porest: Morocco, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Laos, Thailand"
= 3. "Plebian Crawl"
2014 - "Tourrorists!" Digital reissue/remaster (Abduction 034)



On the Sublime Frequencies label:

2003 - I Remember Syria - 2xCD (SF009)
2004 - Cambodian Cassette Archives - CD (SF011)
2005 - Molam: Thai Country Groove From Isan - CD (co-produced w/ Alan Bishop) (SF019)
2005 - Choubi Choubi: Folk and Pop Sounds From Iraq - CD/2xLP (SF025)
2006 - Radio Thailand: Transmissions From the Tropical Kingdom - 2xCD (co-produced w/ Alan Bishop) (SF028)
2007 - Omar Souleyman - Highway to Hassake : Folk and Pop Sounds of Syria - CD/2xLP (SF031)
2007 - Thai Pop Spectacular (1960s-1980s) - CD/2xLP (co-produced w/ Alan Bishop) (SF032)
2007 - Molam: Thai Country Groove From Isan Vol. 2 CD/2xLP (co-produced w/ Alan Bishop) (SF033)
2008 - Sumatran Folk Cinema - DVD - Film by Mark Gergis & Alan Bishop (SF040)
2008 - Shadow Music of Thailand - LP/CD (SF042)
2009 - Omar Souleyman - Dabke 2020 (Folk and Pop Sounds of Syria) - CD/LP (SF049):
2009 - Siamese Soul – Thai Pop Spectacular Vol. 2 (1960s-1980s) - CD (co-produced w/ Alan Bishop) (SF050)
2010 - Omar Khorshid: Guitar El Chark (Guitar of the Orient) - 2xLP/CD (co-compiler) (SF052)
2010 - Omar Souleyman: Jazeera Nights - CD/LP (SF055)
2010 - Saigon Rock & Soul: Vietnamese Classic Tracks 1968-1974 - 2xLP/CD (SF060)
2011 - Erkin Koray: Meçhul: Singles & Rarities - LP/CD (SF067)
2011 - Omar Souleyman - Haflat Gaharbia – The Western Concerts - 2xLP/CD (SF068)
2013 - I Remember Syria - Remastered digital reissue (SF011-DI)
2013 - Choubi Choubi - Folk and Pop Sounds From Iraq - Vol. 2 - 2xLP (SF088-LP)
2015 - Radio Vietnam - CD (SF095-CD)

On the Sham Palace label:

2011 - Omar Souleyman – Leh Jani 2xLP (SHAM001LP)
2012 - Dabke – Sounds of the Syrian Houran - LP/CD (SHAM002LP)
2012 - Indonesia Pop Nostalgia - LP (SHAM003LP)
2013 - Los Siquicos Litoraleños - "Sonido Chipadelico" - LP (SHAM04LP)
2013 - Damp Circuits: The Golden Era of Synthesizers in East Asia, Vol. 1 - Oscar Young Band - 7" (SHAM005-45)

Elsewhere:

1996 - Deep North – CD/book by The Twelve Steppes (Mark & Erik Gergis) (Porestsound 001)
1999 - Soundtrack to Greg Serpa’s film “Hero”
2004 - Kabar & Aavikko “Eye of the Leopard" - 7” (Muysic for Peoples 05)
2004 - Aavikko - "History of Muysic" - CD (features "Eye of the Leopard") w/ Kabar (Muysic For Peoples 03)
2005 - "Entschlossenheit" - single/DVD (as "DJ-J.") w/ Steffen Frech
2005 - Uncle Jim - “Superstars of Greenwich Meantime” - LP/CD (Black Velvet Fuckere Records (LP)/Abduction (CD) 2006)

RED = unavailable


Selected History of Groups and/or Involvement

2009 - Porest live group (Mark Gergis, Erik Gergis, Tyler Harwood, Joshua Housh, Ava Mendoza)
2006 – As Kabar with STALLION
2006 - 2008 – Porest Day Care Trio (Mark Gergis, Alan Bishop, Liz Allbee)
2005 - Liz Allbee & Porest
2004 - 2009 Diatric Puds and the Blobettes - Post-Mortem Mutant dinner parties
2004 - Pussers Pihn -Thai Molam offshoot of Neung Phak’s offshoot of Mono Pause
2004 - 2010 Rut Ro and the Logs - Improvised etherial serial quintet
w/ Liz Allbee | Mark Gergis | Matt Ingalls | Rose Meyer | Jake Rodriguez
2004 - As Kabar (with Aavikko)
2003 - Exploding Briefcases of Cairo -All knowing secret organization of patsies and prophets
2003 – 2004 - Mount NB -Defunct mob mentality audio & variety group
2003 - Murder Murder - Emotional terror mime
1999 - People Like Us - German mini-tour with Vicki Bennett
1997-1998 - Tone Locusts - A Mono Pause trio w/ Mike Shizuru/Peter Conheim/ Mark Gergis
1994 - Twelve Steppes - Gergis brother pop duo
1993 - Mono Pause/Neung Phak/The White Ring - Long running mega-band. Often refrigerated...always on fire
1991 - Porest - The Alpha and the Omega