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 multi-layered music, pop songs, audio collage, field recordings, and surrealistic radio dramas. His solo and group live performances slip between heady multi-instrumentation, political dirty bombs and absurdist irreverence. Gergis was a co-founder of the experimental Bay Area music and performance collective Mono Pause (1993–2004) and its offshoot Neung Phak, which performs inspired renditions of music from southeast Asia. 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 found a platform to aptly share decades of research and countless hours of archived international music, film footage and field recordings acquired during extensive travels in the Middle East, South East Asia and elsewhere. He is also responsible for introducing Syrian singer Omar Souleyman to western audiences, compiling four releases on Sublime Frequencies, one on Sham Palace, and producing and co-arranging Omar and Bjork’s collaborative EP, Crystalline in 2011.

POREST • chronology & discography
1993 - "Prude Juice For the Heritage Swinger" – Self released cassette
1998 - "Switchgrass" -Self released cassette
1998 - "Toywar Lullabies" Compilation CD (etoy) -Featuring a cute song from a child molestor’s viewpoint.
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 - Live solo performance at CCA, San Francisco
2006 - Porest Day Care Trio - Live at the Hemlock, San Francisco 4/06
2006 - "Tourrorists!" CD (Abduction 034)
2006 - "How Things Work" & "The Key and the String" on "Femme Toupee"- issue #1 compilation book/CD-R (Femme Toupee)
2006 - "Dim Timplet" & "Halfway to Palestein" on Japanese compilation "Hip Hop Shop Sweepers Vol.1" CD-R (777was666)
2007 - Porest LIVE on soundcrack.net
2007 - Porest Day Care Trio - Live in Portland & Seattle
2007 - "Live For WORM in Rotterdam • 11.23.07" film/webcast for wormweb.nl
2007 - "Orient Distress" Track on "This is WORM" Dutch CD compilation (WORM/Rotterdam)
2008 - interview w Porest by Jorge Boehringer + short film "Syria Dabke Hama" – issued on O Sirhan O Sirhan #2 magazine & DVD
2008 - film screenings in Europe and USA of "Porest – Welcome to Baradise" (work in progress)
2009 - live performances by the Porest group in Oakland and San Francisco
2009 - "Half Loom" 78RPM Single (Nice Ass Records)
2011 - Live solo performances in San Francisco and Sacramento w/ Alvarius B

Porest-related releases

On the Sublime Frequencies label:

2003 - I Remember Syria 2xCD (SF 009)
2004 - Cambodian Cassette Archives CD (SF 011)
2005 - Molam: Thai Country Groove From Isan CD (co-produced w/ Alan Bishop) (SF 019)
2005 - Choubi Choubi: Folk and Pop Sounds From Iraq CD (SF025)
2006 - Radio Thailand: Transmissions From the Tropical Kingdom CD (co-produced w/ Alan Bishop) (SF028)
2007 - Omar Souleyman - Highway to Hassake : Folk and Pop Sounds of Syria CD (SF031)
2007 - Thai Pop Spectacular (1960s-1980s) CD (co-produced w/ Alan Bishop) (SF032)
2007 - Molam: Thai Country Groove From Isan Vol. 2 CD (co-produced w/ Alan Bishop) (SF033)
2008 - Sumatran Folk Cinema - DVD - film by Mark Gergis and Alan Bishop (SF040)
2008 - Shadow Music of Thailand LP (SF042)
2009 - Omar Souleyman - Dabke 2020 (Folk and Pop Sounds of Syria) CD (SF049):
2009 - Omar Souleyman - Highway to Hassake : Folk and Pop Sounds of Syria 2 x LP (SF031LP)
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) LP (co-complier/liner notes/mastering) (SF052)
2010 - Omar Souleyman: Jazeera Nights CD (SF055)
2010 - Saigon Rock & Soul: Vietnamese Classic Tracks 1968-1974 2-LP (SF060)
2011 - Erkin Koray: MEçHUL: Singles & Rarities CD / LP (SF067)
2011 - Omar Souleyman - Haflat Gaharbia – The Western Concerts CD / 2 x LP (SF068)
2013 - Molam: Thai Country Groove From Isan LP Reissue (co-produced w/ Alan Bishop) (SF 019)
2013 - I Remember Syria - Special Digital Reissue (SF011)

On the Sham Palace label:

2011 - Omar Souleyman – Leh Jani 2XLP (SHAM01LP)
2012 - Dabke – Sounds of the Syrian Houran (SHAM02LP)
2012 - Indonesia Pop Nostalgia (SHAM03LP)
2013 - Dabke – Sounds of the Syrian Houran (SHAM02CD)

Elsewhere:

1996 - Deep North – CD & book by The Twelve Steppes w/ Erik Gergis (Porestsound 001)
1999 - Soundtrack to Greg Serpa’s film “Hero”
2004 - Kabar and 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 (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)
2005 - Liz Allbee & Porest
2004 - 2009 Diatric Puds and the Blobettes - Post-Mortem Mutant dinner parties | Pussy P
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 - Kabar (with Aavikko)
2003 - Exploding Briefcases of Cairo -All knowing secret organization of patsies and prophets
2003 – 2004 Mount NB -Defunct mob mentality retard performance/noise band with sense of humor?
2003 - Murder Murder - Emotional terror mime
1999 - People Like Us - German mini-tour with Vicki Bennett
1997 - 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