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, Bill Frisell, 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: “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!”
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 monster musicians.”