About Marko Djordjevic
Called a “world class drummer”
and “a true innovator” by Modern Drummer
magazine, Marko Djordjevic has
played on more than 40 albums and has thousands
of live performances to his credit.
Some of the artists Djordjevic
has performed and recorded with include: Matt
Garrison, Wayne Krantz,
Jonah Smith, Clarence Spady, Lucky Peterson,
Jacques Schwartz-Bart, Garry Willis, Hal Crook,
Lionel Loueke, Aaron Goldberg, The Itals, Chris
McDermott, and Eric Lewis.
Djordjevic graduated with
honors from Berklee College of Music, where he
was accepted on a scholarship at the tender age
of 16. One of the finest musicians of our era,
Blue Note recording artist Lionel Loueke says:
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!”
For more than ten years SVETI
has been the creative outlet for Djordjevic. As
the composer for SVETI, he writes music inspired
by the rich musical tradition of his Balkan
roots, but with a nod to the “Western” artists
who have influenced him; from Coltrane and
Weather Report to Zappa and the Police.
"Sveti is a group of
absolutely monster musicians."
- Phil Di Pietro, Allaboutjazz
The evolution of the group’s
sound is documented on three album releases. The
self-titled debut, SVETI, and
the 2001 follow up, Live Kolach were
released by Benito Records. The new album
Where I Come From is out
on Firma Entertainment.
The working group, in
different formations from trio to septet,
features Brad Mason (trumpet), Eli Degibri
(sax), Nir Felder (guitar), Elliot Mason
(trombone), Aaron Goldberg (piano) and Matt
Pavolka (bass). The group is currently touring
in support of Where I Come From.
On the wide-ranging talent of
this group, Phil Di Pietro of Allaboutjazz
proclaimed “SVETI is a group of absolutely