Marko Djordjevic

Called a “world class drummer” and “a true inovator” by Modern Drummer magazine, Marko Djordjevic has played on over 40 albums and has thousands of live performances to his credit.

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, Michael Powers, Gregoire Maret, Chris McDermott, and Eric Lewis are some of the artist he has performed or recorded with since graduating 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 over ten years SVETI has been the personal creative outlet for this impressive and innovative drummer and musician. As the composer for SVETI, Marko writes music inspired by the rich tradition of his Serbian and Balkan roots, with a nod to the “western” artists that have influenced him, from Coltrane and Weather Report to Zappa and the Police.

The working group, in different formations from trio to septet, featuring Bobby Avey (piano), Brad Mason (trumpet), Eli Degibri (sax), John Shannon (guitar), Elliot Mason (trombone), Aaron Goldberg (piano) and Matt Pavolka (bass), is currently touring in support of the new album, entitled ‘Where I Come From’, released by Firma Video Entertainment.

Given the above mentioned talent, no wonder Phil Di Pietro of Allaboutjazz proclaims, "SVETI is a group of absolutely monster musicians!"

A proud endorser of Mapex drums, Zildjian cymbals, Evans drum heads and Vic Firth sticks, Marko has been featured as a soloist and clinician at many of the world's top music events (PASIC, Music Messe, Montreal Drum Fest, NAMM, Music Fest Canada, Jazz Yatra India) and some of the most prominent contemporary music schools (Berklee College of Music, Drummers Collective, Modern Music in Greece, L'aula in Spain, etc).

Marko Djordjevic resides in New York City, and in addition to his busy performing schedule, he teaches at The Collective as well as at his Manhattan studio.