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.
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'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.