Eastern European Piano Phenom Dejan Ilijic and his Post-Cobain Fusion Ensemble EYOT Invited to Perform at Vicenza Jazz Fest

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Fresh off of their 2012 win in Cannes, France at the MIDEM OFF Competition, Serbian jazz band EYOT has been invited to perform in May at the Vicenza Jazz Festival in Italy, alongside such greats as Dominic Miller, Ron Carter and Kenny Barron.

EYOT - the Nirvana of European Jazz

EYOT - the Nirvana of European Jazz

EYOT has made an emphatic and impressive recording debut.
- All About Jazz

Serbian jazz quartet EYOT will join Ron Carter, Dominic Miller, Stefano Battaglia, Kenny Barron and other acclaimed international jazz bands in Italy at the 17th annual Vicenza Jazz Fest in May 2012. The four brilliant young Eastern European musicians will perform their jazz fusion on May 5 and May 6, 2012. EYOT is supporting their 2011 album Horizon with an international tour that has already stretched across Europe, and to the United States.

The haunts of John Coltrane and the spirit of Kurt Cobain permeate the now-Keith-Jarrett-like and then-free improvisatory sets of eccentric Serbian pianist Dejan Ilijic and his band EYOT. Their dynamic sets have earned them praise in their home country and around Europe, and audiences leave energized and enlightened.

This is not our parents' jazz. There are no smooth licks here. EYOT is full-to-the-hilt emotion, stemming from the troubled past of the band members' childhoods and the real, pent-up emotions of a period in history many eastern Europeans would like to forget. From the soft solo piano stylings bandleader Dejan Ilijic ekes gently from the keys to Sladjan Milenovic's hypnotic microtonal Bill Frisell-esque guitar atmospheres, and with the metamorphic rhythm section of Marko Stojiljkovic and Milos Vojvodic, this band of brilliant young musicians is "all-in" for every tune.

EYOT's new DVD is available for pre-orders from the band's website, and will be distributed in the United States by Ninety and Nine Records in New York City. The following is a preview of the concert-length video. Live in Nish Preview

Notable Performances:
2009 Umbria Jazz Balkanic Windows
2009 Nishvill Jazz Festival
2010 World of Jazz / Dubai Jazz Festival / UAE
2010 Jazz & Blues Festival Petrovac
2010 Nisomnia Rock Festival
2010 Jazz Festival Novi Sad
2010 Jazziré Festival Subotica
2010 Jazz & Blues Festival „Geza Balaž-Gari“
2011 DOKfest Munich / Germany
2011 Sounds of Summer
2011 Belgrade of light festival
2011 Alarma Punk Jazz Fest / Sofia / Bulgaria
2011 Serbia in Thessaloniki / Greece
2011 Veisa Jazz / Saransk / Russia
2012 MIDEM OFF / Cannes / France

Within the chiaroscuro between east and west, good and evil, members of the band EYOT spin a web of hushed tones and howls with their new brand of eastern jazz. All About Jazz did a recent review of EYOT's debut album here: AllAboutJazz Review

This is the music of ancient civilizations, of traditional moonshine, of dervishes and religious festivals. It is the music of blood running through the streets and of hatred. It is the music of love, reconciliation, friendship and peace. It is the marriage of east and west, and the meeting of ancient and modern. The twisted steel of the musical arrangements in EYOT's first record have earned them ebullient praise from critics, and their live shows cannot be missed. The intensity is palpable.

EYOT's new DVD "Live in Nish" is available for pre-order from their website http://www.eyotmusic.net

EYOT is represented by Dr. Kent Gustavson and Ninety and Nine Records in the United States. Contact us for interviews, review copies of their CD or DVD, or anything else.

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