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ANTON PONOMAREV and VIOLETA GARCIA are set to take the experimental music scene by storm with their unique blend of avant-garde, noise, and power electronics. With Ponomarev on saxophones and electronics and Garcia on cello and electronics, the duo creates an otherworldly soundscape that is sure to captivate audiences.

Ponomarev is a renowned saxophonist and electronic musician known for his improvisational style and boundary-pushing approach to music. His work has been featured at various festivals and concerts throughout Europe, Asia, and North America. Garcia, on the other hand, is an accomplished cellist and electronic musician with a background in classical music. She has collaborated with numerous artists and musicians from different genres and has performed at various festivals and venues around the world.

Together, Ponomarev and Garcia create a powerful sonic experience that defies categorization. Their music is characterized by a fearless exploration of sound, incorporating elements of free jazz, punk, and noise. Their use of electronics adds a new dimension to their sound, creating an immersive and mesmerizing experience for listeners. If you’re looking for something new and exciting in the world of experimental music, Anton Ponomarev and Violeta Garcia are a duo that you won’t want to miss. With their groundbreaking approach to music and their fearless experimentation, they are sure to push the boundaries of what is possible in the world of avant-garde music. Be sure to catch them live at their next performance and witness the future of experimental music firsthand.

The Best Experimental Music on Bandcamp: January 2024

The duo of Violeta Garcia and Anton Ponomarev charge out of the gate on Ultimate Tragedy. Opener “The Loss” launches with Garcia’s rough cello scrapings and Ponomarev’s short puffs of saxophone, both intensifying until they sound ready to explode. That’s followed by “Attempted Recreation,” a see-saw of racket that reaches cacophony even faster. The rest of Ultimate Tragedy maintains that fever pitch, even as Garcia and Ponomarev shift to the more conventional, ballad-ish title track. They’re at their best when they go all out, though; prepare your ears for the last couple of tracks—their confrontational din rages as hard as the best harsh noise acts. 

Anton Ponomarev: saxophone, electronics
Violeta Garcia: cello, electronics

Recorded at Château Rouge, Vienna 2023
Produced by Small Forms
Cover by Gustavo Petek