Jovan and Marko conquering Norway and Serbia, and beyond

They may have met only recently, but Jovan and Marko are already well known music tandem mixing diverse styles with powerful performances and positive energy.

With a gig at the Norwegian residence in late September, Jovan and Marko have announced their come back and unveiled plans to tour the country and beyond. Their new and innovative approach to traditional tunes seems to be winning people’s hearts.

Their winning formula is improvisation but also the combination of Marko’s Southern Serbian spirit and Jovan’s Northern approach after years of living, playing and teaching in Norway. “Marko has no official music education, but he is very interesting for cooperation with because he has a very developed hearing and absorbs everything that is heard and then produces it in his own way,” says Jovan. 

In general, their style is wide, from Roma, Serbian traditional and modern to latino and jazz music. 

It all started in 2010 when Marko was playing with his fathers brass band in Norway. “The love for music has connected us,” Jovan explains adding that they had stayed playing until the end of the night when they had met.

Marko Markovic inherited his love for music from his father, the legendary trumpet king Boban Markovic who has played the trumpet for more than 30 years. In line with the family tradition, Marko started playing the trumpet already before turning five and has been passionately concentrating on the instrument ever since. Marko and Boban have been playing together in an orchestra for years. Marko Markovic has collaborated with many famous musicians such as Emir Kusturica, Goran Bregovic, DJ Shantel, Ivo Papazov, Esma Redzepova, etc. He started his own wind instrument orchestra in 2006 and now he is bringing his hot pipes and energetic gypsy music to all over the world.

Jovan Pavlovic is a composer and one of Norway’s most affirmed and active professional accordionists. He is the leader of organization Tutti Serbia and is working actively towards developing musical relations and exchanges between Norway, Palestina and the Balkan countries. Jovan was entitled ”the 2010 artist of the year” by The County of Sør-Trøndelag, Norway. He holds a classical music degree from Trondheim Conservatory of Music, with specialization in Romani music from Balkans and Eastern Europe, and a title of three-time Yugoslav Classical Accordion Champion. Jovan has regular musical engagements for Trøndelag Teater, Rikskonsertene and he works as a guest teacher at Jazzlinja (NTNU)