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Past Events
  • 20 August 2015
    A concert by Boris Benko (Silence) with a local choir at Kum Song Music School in Pyongyang, North Korea
  • 19 August 2015
    Laibach’s Liberation Day Tour (feat. Silence) at Pongua theatre in Pyongyang, North Korea
  • 10 January to 11 January 2011
    Show Your Face! performance directed by Matjaž Pograjc featuring Betontanc, Silence musical duo (Slovenia), theater group and Ugisa Vitinša musicians (Latvia), within Under the Radar Festival, at 7.30 pm at La Mama in New York, USA

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Silence is the name of the renowned and also rather elusive duo by Primož Hladnik (music and arrangements) and Boris Benko (music, lyrics and vocals). Musicians of an exceedingly broad horizon, their sound effortlessly straddles the fields of experimental pop, choral arrangements and melancholy electronica. They have published a number of albums, though the better part of their focus is reserved for theatre and film scores.

The duo operates under the auspices of the Pekinpah Association, a production house that mixes contemporary dance, design theory, music, and architecture. Among the duo's frequent collaborators is the band Laibach, with whom they've performed across Europe as well as in North Korea.


The history of the band starts in 1992, with Benko and Hladnik accompanied by Matjaž Ferenc (he left in 1995). The duo made an international debut in 1996, with their song featured on the synthpop compilation Daydream Collection, released on the German label Gymnastic.

Some of their carefully carved albums are Ma non troppo (1997, Daydream Records), Unlike a Virgin (1999, Chrom Records; voted 'album of the year' in the German music magazine Orkus), Vain – a Tribute to a Ghost (2004, Matrix Music and Chrom Records), and Musical Accompaniment for the End of the World (2012, Pekinpah Association).

Since 2006 the duo has collaborated with Laibach; they co-authored the covers of national anthems for the Volk album (2006) and rearranged several tunes from the Sound of Music musical and three Korean glorification songs performed in North Korea (2015).

Theatre and film scores

Silence have written numerous (a couple of dozens) scores for plays and dance performances. They regularly collaborate with highly renowned theatre directors such as Matjaž Pograjc, the late Tomaž Pandur (among others plays on the critically praised Tesla Electric Company), Aleksandar Popovski and Primož Ekart, with the performances and puppet shows produced by Ljubljana City Theatre (MGL), Mladinsko Theatre, SNG Drama Ljubljana, Maribor Puppet Theatre, Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, Betontanc, and Bunker Institute.

Silence released The Passion of the Cold, an album with 24 compositions written for (or inspired by) Tomaž Pandur's plays Baroque and Caligula. The score of the album was published by Pekinpah, featuring 124 pages of notations for piano pieces as well as choral and orchestral works. They have also released some others of their scores.

The duet also made a soundtrack for several feature films by Damjan Kozole (A Call Girl, Project Cancer and Nightlife) and a handful of short films. They are featured in the documentary Liberation day (2016, co-produced by Staragara).

Electricity, featuring excerpts from the legendary film Ples v dežju (Dancing in the Rain, 1961) by Boštjan Hladnik

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