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In the Balkans, people from the Čačak area enjoy a peculiar reputation, partly explained by Žarko 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 Mr Žarko´s compositons 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.



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)
Jörg Bücheler (Tenor Horn)


MR ZARKO-working on the new Album !!!

About to hit the record button for some fresh guitar twangy riffs…Best way to spend the lock down time = guitar surfing over corona waves and working in the studio on the new MR ZARKO album! Stay tuned for more…

1. November 2020

Mr Žarko live at Sziget Festival 2018

We are happy to play at one of the most famous and phantastic music festivals in the world which is 100 % surrounded by the river Danube. We will play on Saturday 11. August at 17:15, world music stage. Be there!

6. April 2018

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

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


        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

        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.


        Mit „Electric Gypsy Disco Noise“ ist der Band Mr Zarko um ihren Mastermind Žarko Jovaševic eine wirkliche gute Mischung aus Roma-Musik, 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.


        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



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