Boban & Marko Markovic Orchestra
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Boban and his Orchestra have won all of the prestigious accolades available to players in Serbia: ‘Trumpet Maestro’ (2 times), ‘Golden Trumpet’, ‘First Trumpet’, ‘The Best Orchestra’, ‘ The Best Concert’. Most of the members have been presented at the renowned “Dragacevski Sabor” in Guca, Southern Serbia – a festival noted to attract fierce competitions among both the players and audiences of up to 600,000 people.
In addition to the 13 albums released so far, the Boban i Marko Markovic Orchestra has performed and been featured in the following:
-Emir Kusturica’s beloved films: ‘Underground’ & ‘Arizona Dream’
-‘Unblocked’ (‘Music from the Eastern Europe’) compilation on Elipsis Arts in
-”Srbija: Sounds Global” vol. 1, 2 and 3 (B92) 2000/2002/2005.
“Golden Brass Summit” Anthology of 40 years in Guca. (Network Medien). First
-“Rromano Suno” Vol. 1 and 2 Gypsy music from the Balkans (B92) 2003/
-“Gucha! The Distant trumpet” film soundtrack (2006)
-the award winning documentary film “Competition,” as main charactersThe band has already performed in a host of countries around the world: Greece, Belgium, Rumania, USA, Hungary, Italy, Austria, Holland, Denmark, Finland, Israel, Norway, Turkey, Ukraine, Monaco, Russia, Switzerland, Poland, Sweden, Canada, UK, Germany, Spain, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Portugal, Ireland, Luxembourg, France, Slovakia, Croatia, Czech Republic. Over the last 7 years, they have given more than 600 concerts. In 2002 and 2004 alone, the band performed more than 100 concerts, including tours in USA and Canada. Boban and his son Marko are also starring in a documentary on Gypsy artists, called “Usti Opre,” which includes live music from Iva Bittova, Kalman Balogh, the Boban Markovic Orchestra, Ivo Papasov, Sergey Erdenko and others.
Marko, now the band’s primary soloist and arranger, has collaborated heavily, as both as a soloist and co-arranger, with Shantel on his well-received new album “Disco Partizani,” and has performed with the Bucovina Orchestra.
In 2006 and 2007, the Boban and Marko Markovic Orchestra performed many concerts with Roy Paci and Frank London, as part of the “Il Terrone, l’Ebreo e lo Zingaro” show, with huge success. This project continued with new shows in 2008 and 2009.
Since 2006, Marko, then 18, has co-led the band with his father, giving many spectacular solos, composing and arranging new material for the band, and producing a brand new album together with Boban (Go Marko Go).Points of interest
At the Pepsi Sziget Festival, Budapest (2001), the Boban Markovic Orchestra performed on the World Music Stage for a capacity crowd of 15,000 people. Great news for Boban, but not so for the famous English band Oasis – the British act had to postpone their set by 30 minutes due to the fact that from the audience demanded to hear more of Boban’s outstanding performance!
Jurors presenting the “The First Trumpet” award (highest accolade known amongst all brass musicians in Serbia) to Boban at “Dragacevski Sabor 2001” all awarded votes of ‘10/10’ points for his performance, the first time such high marks have been given in the history of the festival since 1961.
In 2002 the Boban Markovic Orkestar completed a 17-date sold-out debut tour in the USA and Canada. By the beginning of October 2002, they reached their 100th concert, with more planned for the fall. It was on that tour that the young Marko Markovic made his entrance onto the music scene.
Zlatna Truba (‘Golden Trumpet’) (PGP-RTS)
Srce Cigansko (‘Heart of Gypsy’) (X Produkcio)
(X Produkcio / B92 / www.b92.net)
Live in Belgrade
(Piranha Musik / www.piranha.de)
Boban i Marko
(Piranha Musik / www.piranha.de)