Serbian Piano Phenom Dejan Ilijic with His Fusion Jazz Quartet Headlines Nisville Jazz Festival with International Acts

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Renowned Serbian pianist Dejan Ilijic and his fusion quartet EYOT headline Nisville Jazz Festival alongside international jazz artists Sunday night - another stop on the 2012 world tour supporting their debut album Horizon.

Serbian jazz fusion quartet EYOT

Serbian jazz fusion quartet EYOT

GREAT variations of sound. DO NOT SKIP THIS ONE. It’s so much more than just jazz.

Serbian band EYOT takes the stage in Nis, Serbia at the Nisville International Jazz Festival- one of the biggest festivals in Europe - alongside jazz greats such as the Jean Luc Ponty Band, the Jon Cowherd Mercy Project, featuring John Patitucci, Brian Blade and Steve Cardenas, the Brussels Jazz Orchestra, featuring Maria Joao and David Linx, and many more. Dejan Ilijic, the pianist and band leader of fusion quartet EYOT will share the stage Sunday night with the Brand New Heavies, Get the Blessing and other renowned international artists. EYOT is taking the music world by storm, mixing their jazz talent with traditional rhythms and inner-city club intensity. They continue after Nisville with an Asian tour.

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 entire video is available for streaming on YouTube.

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. 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 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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