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About MR ZARKO

In the Balkans, people from the Čačak area enjoy a peculiar reputation, partly explained by Zarko Jovasevic as “folkloristic madness”: a very special form of insanity, which he recently imported to west Europe. Moving to Berlin a few years ago, Žarko Jovašević was very impressed by the creative and international music scene he found there. Being born in Čačak ,just a stone’s throw away from the legendary “Guca Trumpet Festival”, he was surrounded by the local music traditions that found a way to his heart. After relocating he decided to form a band in Berlin and started to compose his own songs based on the Balkan sound. The compositions however dwell on the musical ocean, leaving behind the borders of folkloristic traditions.

He presents his show on stage with brilliant musicians from Bulgaria, Russia, Romania, Turkey and USA, who also came to multicultural Berlin in search of compelling music projects. Being the composer and band founder, Žarko Jovašević was the godfather of the band's name Mr Žarko. The debut album “Electric Gypsy Disco Noise” from 2013 has surprised Balkan music lovers, as well as many fans outside that scene with energetic songs and catchy tunes, including pumping Balkan rhythms and poetic but subtle lyrics in English. In the following year the band invited well known DJ’s to produce remixes of the songs from the debut album. Versions of DJ Click, DJ Ipek, DJ Kosta Kostov and many others can be heard on the album „Electric Gypsy Disco Noise – The Remixes“, which got high recognition worldwide from DJ’s and radio shows dedicated to global beats.

Recently, the musicians dedicated themselves to the roots of Roma brass music in Southern Serbia. For the new album “Balkan Herbal Clinic”, Mr Žarko included the unique and characteristic sound of such an orchestra for some songs. Therefore the musicians including Producer Philipp Bernhardt travelled to the Serbian town of Vladičin Han, not far from Macedonia, Bulgaria and Kosovo, to record with the local Bojan Krstić Orkestar. Bojan and his virtuosos have a lot of fans in their home region as well as abroad. They won several awards in the annual competitions in famous  Guča brass competition , among them main prices like the “Golden Trumpet” in 2015 or the “Best Orchestra” on 2017.

The Vladicin Han recording sessions immediately led to an inevitable outcome. An explosive stage show with both bands playing together Mr Žarko´s compositions was born. The collaboration between the two bands turned into an exclusive show fusing 15 unique musicians on stage: MR ZARKO featuring Bojan Krstic Orkestar.

 

All musicians of Mr Žarko are approved healers in the “Balkan Herbal Clinic”. This is the mysterious place where all problems are solved: financial losses, desperate sexual desires, upcoming legal trials, bad dreams, depressions and all other kinds of sufferings. The only remedy is to dance, drink, sing and celebrate inside the „Balkan Herbal Clinic“!

The healing power lies within the music. All 13 songs of the new CD have their roots in the Balkan-Brass, the music which the band's founder Žarko Jovašević grew up to. The band cultivates those musical traditions by mixing them with other genres, untypical instruments and global grooves. Psychedelic surf sounds collide with funky Balkan rhythms of a powerful brass section. Circus melodies, xylophones, and old toy pianos embrace the dissonances of Serbian trumpets. Virtuouso Tuba lines form the perfect foundation for distorted blues harp solos. The „Balkan Herbal Clinic“ becomes the spiritual operating room where traditional folk dances like “Kolos” and “čočeks” are recombined with Rap, Funk and crazy guitar riffs, creating a new and mind-blowing crossover. The original music of Mr Žarko goes far beyond of what people know as Balkan music, breaking the frame of this genre in a very exciting and dramatic way. The new album is a genious and unexpected fusion of different styles in fresh forms and new colours.

Mr Žarko played a lot of club and festival concerts in Berlin and all Germany, as well as abroad like Lowlands Festival (The Netherlands), Copacobana Festival (Belgium), Nilüfer Festival (Turkey) or Drienok Festival (Slovakia).  

Recognized as herbalist, astrologer and healer, Mr Žarko offers a distinctive metaphysical cleansing ritual with prunes, called "slivas", in liquid form and several times a day. In addition they give an effective sound of aphrodisiac Balkan crossover in fortissimo. So jump up, dance and sing - visit Mr Žarko in the "Balkan Herbal Clinic"!


 

Lineup:

Žarko Jovaševic (guitars, vocals, flute, banjo)
Katya Tasheva (vocals)
Otis Sandsjö (saxophone)
Johannes Böhmer (trumpet)
Philipp Bernhardt (drums, percussion)
Matthew Bookert (tuba,sousaphone)

Murat Denizkusu (percussion)

Extended Lineup:
Alistair Duncan (Tenor Horn)
Sebi Zamfir (Tenor Horn)

NEWS

Mr Zarko feat. Bojan Krstic Orkestar together on stage in Leipzig and Berlin

The big days has come! This weekend we proudly present our new CD „Balkan Herbal Clinic“ on the stages in UT Connewitz in Leipzig on Friday and on Saturday in SO36 in Berlin. And we are not alone! With us on stage is the Bojan Krstic Orkestar from Serbia: West […] read on »

5. Oktober 2017

New album „Balkan Herbal Clinic“ out soon!

Our new album „Balkan Herbal Clinic“ is ready and will be released on 8. December 2017! Some of its songs feature the Bojan Krstic Orkestar – this band from Southern Serbia won the award for the „Best Orchestra“ in the 2017 Guca competitions, among other awards in the past years. […] read on »

29. September 2017

CD Release autumn 2017!!!

Our new Album will be recorded and finaly mastered during this sommer. In Oktober we are planing two huge release Parties at SO36 in Berlin and in UT Connewitz in Leipzig .The special guests for the release concerts will be the whole Bojan Krstic Brass Band from Vladicin Han, winner […] read on »

20. April 2017

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LIVE

2
Feb
Mr Zarko live in Bugewitz

Weitblick
Bugewitz | Deutschland
Stagetime: 20:00

14
Jul
Mr Zarko live in Ulm

Donaufest
Ulm | Deutschland
Stagetime: 20:00

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PHOTOS

ALBUMS

Electric Gypsy Disco Noise

2013

13 track album debut

    Electric Gypsy Disco Noise Remixes

    2014

    Remix of the debut album by internationally acclaimed Producers, DJS and Composers

      Balkan Herbal Clinic

      2017

      MR ZARKO'S second studio album featuring Bojan Krstic Orkestar, Guca Winner of 2015

        FEATURED PRESS

        An energentic musical journey from the balcans into the whole world.

        Funkhaus Europa

        If you’re a fan of gypsy-punk, don’t sleep on Electric Gypsy Disco Noise.

        Radio Milwaukee

        So if you’re in the mood to dance wildly, try this. And especially if you’re not.

        Inside Worldmusic Magazin

        I saw them live, they are really hot.

        Robert Soko

        Balkanbeats
        From the first seconds, Mr Zarko is on full throttle for a club-suitable Gypsy party, with some reggae, tango and Latin music thrown in for good measure, in the end posing as the Serbian Tom Waits.

        FolkWorld

        Mit „Electric Gypsy Disco Noise“ ist der Band Mr Zarko um ihren Mastermind Žarko Jovaševic eine wirkliche gute Mischung aus Zigeunermusik, orientalischen und arabischen Elementen sowie Rock- und Popmusik gelungen, die schnell zu fesseln weiß und bei der man sich sofort bewegen will. Hier zeigt sich mal wieder, dass Musik keine Grenzen kennt.

        MusikZirkus-Magazin

        Das Debütalbum überzeugt auf ganzer Linie. Von der ersten bis zur letzten Sekunde betört es mit schön-schrägen Melodien und Texten, aufreizenden Beats, lateinamerikanischen Elementen – eine Art Balkan-Salsa mit gelegentlichem Robomusik-Einschlag. Am besten genossen wohl live und verschwitzt.

        Muzik Quest

        Stačí jen si připomenout cikánské Gčko tak abychom věděli co Rocku přidalo na šťávě. (Jimmi Hendrix)

        Radio Rebel Brod

        CZ

        CONTACT

        General Inquiries / Booking Berlin mail@mrzarko.com +49 (0)176 8485 8552 +49 (0)176 2100 5275 http://www.mrzarko.com   Label Pyromusic info@pyromusic.de www.pyromusic.de
        BOOKING (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) Tino Grasselt tinograsselt@gmx.de www.tomato-production.com +49 (0) 162 4548 024 CD Order (12 € + shipping costs) If you want to order our Album on CD please e-mail to: shop@mrzarko.com
        BOOKING (Czech Republic, Slovakia, Bavaria, Italy, Poland) KS Booking & Promotion info@ksmusic-booking.de +49 (0) 30 530 97089 www.ksmusic-booking.de