Bio & Press

“…Ballads that transform into storms, thunderstorms suddenly swept away by sunshine…”

Le Soir (Belgium)
Srdjan Ivanovic Music
2018-10-19T11:26:58+00:00
Le Soir (Belgium)

“With La mer, la pierre, la terre, l’oiseau this subtle drummer proposes a sacred journey”

Jazz News (France)
Srdjan Ivanovic Music
2018-10-19T11:27:25+00:00
Jazz News (France)

“…a suite of changing colors, full of energy and poetry”

Culture Jazz (France)
Srdjan Ivanovic Music
2018-10-19T11:41:45+00:00
Culture Jazz (France)

“The long name of the album says it clearly – nature will speak, whisper its secrets that only the spirit can receive and that the musician, directing air vibrations will know how to communicate.”

InRocks (France) 10 french albums to listen to urgently
Srdjan Ivanovic Music
2018-10-19T11:42:44+00:00
InRocks (France) 10 french albums to listen to urgently

“Even more then poetry, there is soul in this music. The sound is round, coated in velvet, both captivating and pungent.”

Froggy’s Delight
Srdjan Ivanovic Music
2018-10-19T11:45:03+00:00
Froggy’s Delight

“A collection of 10 tunes absolutely captivating, this work blends in a dreamy and limber way a delicate jazz of subtle melodies imprinted with sonorities of a bruised and devastated region”

HiKo’s Chronicles
Srdjan Ivanovic Music
2018-10-19T11:45:26+00:00
HiKo’s Chronicles

“What they bring to the table is original, beautiful and intriguing music.”

Jazznyt (Norway)
Srdjan Ivanovic Music
2018-10-19T11:46:03+00:00
Jazznyt (Norway)

“…fresh, forceful neo- bop, driven hard by Bulgarian bassist Mihail Ivanov and Serbian drummer Srdan Ivanović…”

All About Jazz (USA)
Srdjan Ivanovic Music
2018-10-19T11:46:32+00:00
All About Jazz (USA)

“…at once swinging and parsing styles, while sneaking in musical jokes…”

Santa Barbara Independent (USA)
Srdjan Ivanovic Music
2018-10-19T11:46:50+00:00
Santa Barbara Independent (USA)

“featuring Serbian limber drummer Srdjan Ivanovic, they twist and tweak conventions, as might be expected from a band whose new album is called Jalkan Bazz

Downbeat (USA)
Srdjan Ivanovic Music
2018-10-19T11:47:27+00:00
Downbeat (USA)

“Surprising is how the group mixes the different folk music influences with subtle electronica. The band bases itʼs music on past traditions but stands firmly in the present time. “

Jazzenzo (Netherlands)
Srdjan Ivanovic Music
2018-10-19T11:48:00+00:00
Jazzenzo (Netherlands)

“Strong soloists but mostly powerful compositions that create an image or a sphere right away.”

Jazzenzo (Netherlands)
Srdjan Ivanovic Music
2018-10-19T11:49:33+00:00
Jazzenzo (Netherlands)

“Young originality from the Blazinʼ Quartet… Seldomly are east-european elements so well integrated into jazz.”

Leidse Dagblad
Srdjan Ivanovic Music
2018-10-19T11:50:08+00:00
Leidse Dagblad

“The Blazin’ Quartet is a group that makes you joyful, because of the drive of the musicians and because you can feel that these youngsters are heading their own way….”

De Volkskrant
Srdjan Ivanovic Music
2018-10-19T11:50:59+00:00
De Volkskrant

“…. They are not avoiding the (balanced and functional) use of electronic effects and pack it all in well built structures where dialogue is obviously important. …. Their sound is warm and open, nicely balanced and rather happy. The CD sounds open and accessible and sounds deceptively simple. These musician know how to “take your measures”. This is a quartet that we definitely will follow.”

Jazzmozaiek (Belgium)
Srdjan Ivanovic Music
2018-10-19T11:51:29+00:00
Jazzmozaiek (Belgium)

“…not one composition is possible to file under a certain genre…Jalkan Bazz is an album that contains all the qualities of a top european jazz product.”

Politika (Serbia)
Srdjan Ivanovic Music
2018-10-19T11:51:56+00:00
Politika (Serbia)

“The themes are strong, the solos convincing…. Sometimes you forget that itʼs only four musicians playing….”

JAZZ Magazine (Netherlands)
Srdjan Ivanovic Music
2018-10-19T11:52:26+00:00
JAZZ Magazine (Netherlands)

“…Composing seems to be very easy for Ivanovic since he knows how to make subtle combination of european and american music forms. …”

Jazzism Magazine (Netherlands)
Srdjan Ivanovic Music
2018-10-19T11:52:54+00:00
Jazzism Magazine (Netherlands)

Drummer/composer Srdjan Ivanovic (1983) chose sticks, drums and cymbals as his main weapon in his quest to liberate energies through musical encounters. He blends melodic modern-jazz with the musical heritage of the Balkans and adds to that anything that might find itself on the way, including electronic sounds, samples and, why not, singers.His subtle, fluent playing and organically blended compositions will take you on a sacred journey” (Jazz News – France). In his latest album with Blazin’ Quartet “La mer, la terre, la terre, l’oiseau” he is surrounded by an exceptionally talented, all european band featuring saxophonist Christophe Panzani, trumpet player Andreas Polyzogopoulos, bassist Mihail Ivanov as well as guitarist Federico Casagrande. ““The long name of the album says it clearly – nature will speak, whisper its secrets that only the spirit can receive and that the musician, directing air vibrations will know how to communicate.” (Les InRocks). His latest project – Xénos is a fresh band consisting of saxophonist Robby Marshall, guitarist Hugo Corbin and bassist Timothée Robert as well as guest singers.

Currently based in Paris, Srdjan was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia from which he moved in 1992 to Athens, Greece, to escape the war. His earliest musical influences involved late night music sessions of his father’s friends, a classical guitarist and composer. His father exposed him to a very broad musical spectrum and music was a source of joy and belonging, which Srdjan then turned into his career. At the age of 19 he left to study the drums in the Netherlands, where he graduated at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam and Utrechts Conservatorium. During and after his studies, and was praised by the press for the originality and organic feel to his playing and compositions. He won several awards, most notably the Dutch Jazz Competition and was given the prestigious Prins Bernhard Foundation scholarship to study in New York. As a student, he dreamed of performing alongside world-renowned artists at the North Sea Jazz Festival and ultimately shared his music for 3 years in a row at this major festival.

As a leader he has released three records with the Srdjan Ivanovic Blazin’ Quartet, Finding A Way (Challenge Records 2009) Jalkan Bazz (Challenge Records, 2012) and La mer, la pierre, la terre, l’oiseau (Coolabel/Absilone, 2017). He is also co-leader of the 11 piece Ivanovic-Nikolov Undectet with with which they have released their debut album Artistry In Broken Rhythm (Metropolis 2018). He appears on over twenty albums as a sideman and since moving to Paris in 2014, he has been playing with various groups such as The 3 Moons and the Hugo Corbin Quartet. He has also written music for film and theatre. He’s an endorser of Istanbul Agop cymbals and custom Gabriel Drums.

His international career and love for music have given him the opportunity to travel and meet people from around the world, one of those meetings being his wife Catherine from New York. Srdjan enjoys touring globally and teaching their family of 6 about the diversity of the world through music.