"Marko's name is quickly becoming synonymous with greatness." Cicily Janus, from the book The New Face Of Jazz (Billboard Press, Random House, Inc.)+++++++ SVETI is a group of absolutely monster musicians!" Phil Di Pietro, Allaboutjazz+++++++ "Marko is a superb a drummer and composer. His new record draws from many different sources, yet it is consistently captivating and grooving throughout!" Ari Hoenig (Punk Bop, Chris Potter)+++++++ "Marko is one of the greatest drummers out there!" Lionel Loueke+++++++ "Masterful drummer with Serbian roots." - Cadence Magazine+++++++ "Marko's music is strong and lovely as always!" Lee Townshend - producer (Bill Frisell, John Scofield)+++++++ "Marko Djordevic's new album "Something Beautiful" is just that - great compositions, beautifully interpreted and performed, excellently produced and recorded. A fantastic record by an exciting artist. - Nir Felder (Terry Lyne Carrington, Eric Harland)+++++++ "A world class drummer", "A true innovator" - Modern Drummer magazine+++++++ "Marko is a Fantastic Drummer and his master delivery makes him a great pleasure to work with!" - Michael Henderson (Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis)+++++++ "Marko is truly a melodic drummer, no matter what style of music he is playing... Just listen to his new album, that will explain it more than I can express..." Clarence Spady (Inducted into the National Blues Hall Of Fame in 2012)+++++++
VF Artist Marko Djordjevic performs his composition "Wise Men Say"! Julian Pollack - Piano and Synth Evan Marien - Bass Marko Djordjevic - Drums Recording, M...
Featuring Julian Pollack on keys and Evan Marien on bass, playing in some interesting meters
Vasil Hadzimanov - keys
Branko Trijic - guitar
Marko Djordjevic - drums
Featuring Julian Pollack on keys and Evan Marien - el. bass.
Vasil Hadzimanov - Keys
Branko Trijic Guitar
Marko Djordjevic Drums
Marko Djordjevic & Sveti Electric on Drum Channel TV. Featuring Damian Erskine - el. bass and Jeff Ellwood - tenor sax.
From the Vic Firth Video Vault: Interview Spotlight with Marko Djordjevic, part 1 of 3 (2007)
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For over ten years, SVETI has been the creative outlet for one of the most impressive and innovative drummers in the world today, Serbian-born New York resident Marko Djordjevic. As the composer for SVETI, Marko writes music inspired by his Balkan roots and flavored by the sound of the “western” artists that have influenced him - Coltrane, Zappa, Weather Report, Tony Williams' Lifetime, Mahavishnu and The Police, to name a few.
Phil Di Pietro of Allabout Jazz proclaims: "SVETI is a band of absolutely monster musicians!"
Another fitting description of SVETI’s sound came from a first-time audience member who remarked: “You guys are like a jam band, except you have great melodies and you can all play the hell out of your instruments!”
Called a “world-class drummer” and “a true innovator” by Modern Drummer magazine, Marko Djordjevic has played on about 50 albums and has thousands of live performances worldwide to his credit. Goakeeper Records recently released Something Beautiful, Marko's fourth album as leader. The release garnered praise from both peers and press:
"Marko is a superb drummer and composer. His new album is grooving and captivating throughout." - Ari Hoenig
"Djordjevic is young and plainly set to join the true greats. As with gents like Jon Christensen, Jack DeJohnette and Billy Cobham, an uninterrupted loop flows from mind and heart into hands then through the drums and back again." - Mark C. Tucker, Accoustic Exchange
"For creativity and approach this release gets five stars. Everything else is simply gravy on what is a true sleeper and stellar performance for 2013." - Criticaljazz.com
"Masterful drummer with Serbian roots." - Cadence Magazine
One of the finest musicians of our era, Blue Note recording artist Lionel Loueke says: "Marko is one of the greatest drummers out there. He possesses incredible technique, and a musical mind to match it! I love playing with him because he is so creative and unique!"
In a chapter dedicated to him in the recently published book, The New Face Of Jazz (author Cicily Janus, Billboard Press/Random House, Inc.), it is said that "Marko's name is quickly becoming synonymous with greatness and diversity."
Matt Garrison, Wayne Krantz, Jonah Smith, Clarence Spady, Lucky Peterson, Jacques Schwartz-Bart, Garry Willis, Hal Crook, Eli Degibri, Lionel Loueke, Aaron Goldberg, Damian Erskine, The Itals, The Kung Fu Masters, Chris McDermott, Ole Mathiesen, Sten Hostfalt, The Mason Brothers, Tim Miller, and Eric Lewis. are some of the artists Djordjevic has performed and/or recorded with since he graduated from Berklee College of Music where he was accepted on a scholarship at the tender age of 16.
Marko is an A-level endorser of DDRUM, Zildjian, Evans, and Vic Firth and has been featured as a soloist and clinician at many of the world's top music events such as PASIC, Music Messe, Montreal Drum Fest, NAMM, Music Fest Canada, Jazz Yatra India. He has also appeared at some of the most prominent contemporary music schools (Berklee College of Music, Drummers Collective, MIT, Modern Music in Greece, L'aula in Spain, etc).
Alfred Publishing is the exclusive worldwide distributor of his critically-acclaimed DVD entitled Where I Come From - A Fresh Approach To Drumming and book The New Frontier.
In addition to his busy performing schedule, Marko is a faculty member at The Drummers Collective in NYC. He also teaches privately at his NYC studio.
The NYC based working band - trio or quartet:
Marko Djordjevic - drums and compositions
Julian Pollack - keys http://www.julianpollack.com/about/
Evan Marien - el. bass http://evanmarien.com/bio/
Tivon Pennicott - tenor sax http://tivonpennicott.com/Biography.html
The Europe based working band:
Marko Djordjevic - drums
Vasil Hadzimanov - keys http://www.vhband.com/about
Branko Trijic - guitar http://www.vhband.com/about
"Marko's name is quickly becoming synonymous with greatness."
Cicily Janus, from the book The New Face Of Jazz (Billboard Press, Random House, Inc.)+++++++
SVETI is a group of absolutely monster musicians!" Phil Di Pietro, Allaboutjazz+++++++
"Marko is a superb a drummer and composer. His new record draws from many different sources, yet it is consistently captivating and grooving throughout!"
Ari Hoenig (Punk Bop, Chris Potter)+++++++
"Marko is one of the greatest drummers out there!"
"Masterful drummer with Serbian roots." - Cadence Magazine+++++++
"Marko's music is strong and lovely as always!" Lee Townshend - producer (Bill Frisell, John Scofield)+++++++
"Marko Djordevic's new album "Something Beautiful" is just that - great compositions, beautifully interpreted and performed, excellently produced and recorded. A fantastic record by an exciting artist. - Nir Felder (Terry Lyne Carrington, Eric Harland)+++++++
"A world class drummer", "A true innovator" - Modern Drummer magazine+++++++
"Marko is a Fantastic Drummer and his master delivery makes him a great pleasure to work with!" - Michael Henderson (Stevie Wonder, Miles Davis)+++++++
"Marko is truly a melodic drummer, no matter what style of music he is playing... Just listen to his new album, that will explain it more than I can express..."
Clarence Spady (Inducted into the National Blues Hall Of Fame in 2012)+++++++
Marko Djordjevic & Sveti: Something Beautiful (2014) By JOHN EPHLAND, Published: June 1, 2014 | 2,465 views View related photos Marko Djordjevic & Sveti: Something Beautiful Drop the "needle" down anywhere on Something Beautiful and you're likely to find ... something beautiful. There's some hidden spirit that carries this music along from track to track as drummer/composer Marko Djordjevic takes his merry band of four (when it's not a trio) through 12 hearty originals, all of them Djordjevic's. After listening to two new ones from Jimmy Cobb and Louis Hayes, "Heart Bop" hearkens back to those rough-and-ready days, in a sense setting the stage for what is to follow on Something Beautiful. We hear the Serbian-born Djordjevic with the well- known group Sveti, in full up-tempo swing mode, his fills not superfluous but a kind of egging on for pianist Bobby Avey en route to Eli Degibri's robust tenor sax solo. It's busy, it's rambunctious, it's fun, and the drummer is all over the place, his technique in the service of something akin to the title of the song. But there's more than just an echo of the days when Cobb and Hayes were more front and center. Otherwise, yours truly would probably not be here, writing this review. "Which Way Is Down" is a subtle, busy conversation between the trio, which also includes bassist Desmond White. It's busy in the sense that it's active, but it's also more dreamlike, Avey's skill as a pianist clearly on display as he watches Djordjevic's every move, interacting with White as a kind of alter ego, but also when the pace drops "down" and Avey can just meander a bit, drummer and bassist in tow, White's quiet, restful turn soon to follow. This is the gel that keeps the music flowing throughout Something Beautiful, Djordjevic's pen and the players' execution suggesting a band that has learned patience as a threesome, the drummer's restrained shuffles the perfect complement. The middle section of Something Beautiful is less dramatic, more a kind of display of styles, "Home Made" and "Ten Large Serbians" showcasing the band's flair without any riveting, stop-what-your-doing moments. More examples of how everyone works together in idioms. The alternate tenorist on board is Tivon Pennicott, surfacing on the rhythmically "Poinciana"-flavored title track. There's a more rootsy dimension to this song, though, the melody nothing like the Ahmad Jamal tune, more a folk visitation, Pennicott's playing straight out of the jazz lineage but couched in this other-world European style all the while exuding a kind of sweaty joy only found in a club somewhere on a summer night in New York City. Avey's piano playing here, by the way, is exquisite, dreamlike, Djordjevic's playing sensitive with an edge. Djordjevic's playing at times reminds one of Tony Williams, his adept skills with sticks on all skins and steel both a kind of surging but also always capable of restraint. You get the impression this guy has the chops, mostly held in reserve. And this despite the fact that it's his record. And, like Williams (and unlike Cobb and Hayes), he seems keen to write his own music and not settle for others' material when making his own statements. "Flaxy World" sets the stage for the last section, Djordjevic's rolling snare figures combined with Avey's punctuations and White's deep listening telling this listener that it's the trio that, once again, makes Something Beautiful cook. Restless, it's not the blues but it has the elements. And "War Song," while it includes Pennicott's strong tenor, still sits as a trio piece that is the least jazz-like song here, but so what? It plays like another meditation of something horrible wrapped inside something beautiful. The rockin,' flamboyant "Celebration" breaks the mood into something akin to a wedding reception with dervish dancing all around, and the gently swinging trio piece "Svetlana Swinging On A Summer Evening" may have one re-enjoying the lovely refrain from the third track, "Svetlana," the song's folk cadence and sweetly sung melody enough to keep one guessing as to what comes next from this unpredictable composer who also happens to be a damn good drummer.
Not beating ’round the bebop bush, Serbian skin-kicker finds a beating heart of the matter. Be it the Balkans or the Mississippi delta, the groove always keeps questing souls on the move: this New York resident knows, or rather feels, it only too well, having been at both spots. No rest for the wicked, one may say, yet wherever he stays wonders are abound as the title of Djordjevic’s solo project implies, and the pride of place Marko occupied on “Drummer’s Dance” from his compatriot Dusan Jevtovic’s "Am I Walking Wrong?" gave but a mere hint of what he’s capable of. Here, on a dozen of self-composed pieces, he proves that the era of kit-operating bandleaders hasn’t passed and jazz experimentation in a traditional set is very much alive. It takes deliberately wobbly sync and sensual syncopation on “Svetlana” and its skittering reprise “Svetlana Swinging On A Summer Evening” to create an intimate essay in a rhythm section elegance, yet there’s a different sort of excitement in such effervescent charmers as “Flaxy World” or “2007” where rimshots and cymbals caress are palpable part of the fabric. Unlike the similar shift of “Chimes” which unfurls in slow motion, the jubilant, in turns merry and anthemic, chords and splashes, that carry “Heart Bop” and the bossa-colored “Ten Large Serbians” see the leader steal the thunder – highly charged, no electric lick in sight – from Bobby Avey’s graceful piano and pass it to Eli Degibri and Tivon Pennicott’s saxes, all the while jiving around Desmond White’s bass. Such a deep end comes balanced by the East European reserve of the romantic title track and the “Home Made” cha-cha-cha, although the folk edge of “War Song” understandably banishes the patinated humor in favor of well-tempered disharmony which echoes the tension shaped once “Which Way Is Down” ends so abruptly. Still, “Celebraion” brings the jazz beauty back home, wherever it may be: it’s that thrillingly comfortable. Coming from a new star, this album could be a monumental work if it weren’t so nuanced.