Mostra Festival

Varuna, Mostra festival


Amenthia Recordings – a walking contradiction



Giomar Scialfa (1989, lives in Allschwil), Mario Oetterli (1990, lives in Allschwil) and Simon Montfort (1992, lives in Basel) are Varuna and have been part of the Basel music scene in this line-up since 2013. Live gigs have taken place at the Basel clubs Hinterhof, Elysia (Amenthia Nights), Kaschemme (Cosmic Theory), René Bar, at the Basel House of Electronic Arts, as well as at festivals such as Geneva's Curbit, Ulmet, Hangzu Festival or Positive Education in St. Etienne.

Individually, members of Varuna have previously been active partly as musicians (Vita Artur, Tafeit) and as co-hosts of events at Basel clubs Hinterhof (Traxx Up!), Nordstern (Radiance) and Elysia (Amenthia Nights). Our studio hosts the Basel internet radio Home - founded by Timnah Sommerfeldt and Garçon - which regularly broadcasts live shows with local and international artists.

Releases have appeared on the Basel labels "amenthia recordings" and "a walking contradiction", which was co-founded by Varuna. A piece was contributed to ClubCultureCH's Corona Relief project in 2020. Further EPs followed on "a walking contradiction", on the "Mantis" series of Amsterdam's prestige label "Delsin", on Valentino Mora's Parisian label IDO and in 2021 the double EP "Mangrove Management" was released on "a walking contradiction". Three live sets were also released on the renowned podcast series "Smoke Machine" from Taiwan, "Inveins" from Italy and “Patterns Of Perception” from Berlin.

In summer 2021, a split EP was released on "a walking contradiction" with "Aa Sudd" from Bielefeld and "Kombé" from Basel. The first remix for the Lyon-based label "Worst Records" will was released at the end of 2021 as well as their “Genesis” EP on amenthia recordings.

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