Sirma / Audri and Jonas
Born in Istanbul, Turkey, Sirma officially started her musical career in 2007 after becoming the first winner of the Arif Mardin Fellowship at Berklee. In 2008, she earned the opportunity to participate in the Pulawy Jazz Workshop in Poland, where she was the youngest competitor in the history of the competition. In 2009, she was one of 16 singers worldwide selected by Pepsi to be part of the Pepsi World Choir for Akon’s single, “Oh Africa,” which was recorded in Record Plant Recording Studios in Hollywood, California, with Akon, Keri Hilson, and the Soweto Gospel Choir. Sirma also appeared in the music video for the single, directed by Gil Green. The video debuted globally at the 2010 Grammy Awards. In addition to this global background, Sirma has experience as a producer, songwriter, and arranger, and was the frontwoman for the popular rock band Helicopria for two years. She recently released her debut solo EP, Traces. Watch Sirma perform "Desire" in the BIRN studios here:
Audri and Jonas create music through the use of textural motifs, sounds in nature or space, and the live manipulation of electronic elements. Audri's influences include a wide variety of genres and cultures of music, scientific discoveries, deconstructive philosophy, DIY electronics, romantic and beat poetry, and the synthesis of nature and technology. Jonas aims to combine music, art, and technology and to create environments that allow for total immersion, environments that completely take in the people who enter them. A fresh-faced duo, Jonas and Audri have performed at FEED Soundspace in Berlin, Germany, and at the Berklee Performance Center as well as at other venues and art galleries in Boston. They are currently working on a debut release.