Boban Marković Orkestar

Balkan, World Music

Serbia

Biography

Boban Marković's music became known to the broader audience through Emir Kusturica’s films (Arizona Dream, Underground).

The 14-musician brass band is considered to be one of the most famous brass bands of the Centrale Europe! It blends jazz with Balkan folklore -paying its respects to the Serbian tradition-

A virtuoso father and a prodigious son, Boban and Marko Marković, are active interprets, implicated in the ongoing evolution of the Brass Band tradition. Musicians such as DJ Shantel, Balkan Beatbox or even Zach Condon, leading member of the group Beirut, refer to Boban Marković Orchestra as a source of inspiration and even dedicate songs to him or sample his music.

Sometimes compared with New Orleans Big Bands, with Jamaican ska or even with funk music the rhythms and the melodies establish what this project is : True Balkan music.

 

 

***Boban Marković was born on May 6th, 1964, on the day of Saint George – the most important Gypsy festival day of the year – in Vladičin Han (South Serbia). His hometown is a town of 10,000 inhabitants, most of whom are of Roma Gypsy heritage and share a rich musical tradition.

Boban’s father, Dragutin, was a musician, as were both of his grandfathers. Boban’s mother, Julka, used to remind him that he should strive to play as well as her own father. He got his first trumpet when he was 5 years old, but Boban didn’t approach the music seriously until much later. Rather, he preferred to play with other children around the village, and once he even forgot his instrument in the sand while he was building a castle with his friends.

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