Mario Batkovic. Photo: Tim van Veen/Supplied

Mario Batkovic, Bosnian born accordionist and film score composer, will be treating audiences to his enrapturing music this Thursday in a one-night only performance at the Market Theatre on May 24. 

Batkovic, who composed the score for films The Beekeeper, Air-Mail, Heart of Winter and Collectors will be treating audiences to work from his latest album, which was rated by Rolling Stone as one of the 20 Best Avant Albums of 2017, Batkovic’s return to South Africa will provide for an opportunity to hear the virtuosic musician’s work, as well provide for exciting partnerships with South African artists.

Batkovic leans on no particular style of music, instead connects different musical worlds moulding them into one unique concentrated sound. His playing has been described as challenging and experimental, yet maintaining 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.

With his mission to advance the sonic possibilities available to the instrument and the communication of these sounds, Batkovic embarks on a journey to collaborate with South African musicians to create new work.

Mario has performed at various venues in Cape Town in collaboration with Steve Newman, Ben Badenhorst, Ronan Skillen, Hilton Schilder, Vuyo Katcha, Peter Ndlala and Carlo Fabe. The Johannesburg performance will be in the John Kani Theatre at the Market Theatre, before heading to the MTN Bushfire Festival in Swaziland.

* Tickets for the 24 May performance are available from R90 and R70 (pensioners, students) per ticket. Visit the Market Theatre for more details.