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)
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 »
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 »
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 »
Electric Gypsy Disco Noise
13 track album debut
Electric Gypsy Disco Noise Remixes
Remix of the debut album by internationally acclaimed Producers, DJS and Composers
Balkan Herbal Clinic
MR ZARKO'S second studio album featuring Bojan Krstic Orkestar, Guca Winner of 2015