Sunday, February 19, 2017


Album release date - February 20, 2017

EYOT has recorded three albums since 2008—all critically acclaimed and commercially well received. What followed were concerts and tours in more than 20 countries all over the world.

Their fourth album INNATE is coming out from the kitchen of legendary sound engineer STEVE ALBINI (Nirvana, PJ Harvey, Pixies, Mogwai etc..) who recorded and mixed it at Electrical Audio Studio in Chicago.

INNATE is going to be released on February 20, 2017 for an independent New York label - Ninety and Nine Records

"The proud representative of a new generation of European musicians, this Serbian quartet breaks all temporal, geographical and cultural boundaries of Balkan Jazz, explosively blending classical music, art-rock and traditional melodies. In its quest for new creative sound combinations,  Eyot restlessly explores the limits between tradition and innovation and leads European Jazz off the beaten track. Known as the "Nirvana of Jazz", the four musicians light up the stage with outstandingly fresh and electrifying sounds. The quartet brings to life a music of unique creativity which strikes a pleasant balance between simplicity and sophistication, and is both coarse yet delicate."  Cully Jazz Festival

*Winners of the Umbria Jazz Balkanic Windows competition 2009 and MIDEM OFF Showcase 2012 (Cannes, France)

"This is just simply quite stunning." Mike Chadwick -

“electro jazz rock fusion - you name it they play it - full of energy and invention - a top class act” Tim Dickeson, Jazzwise

"a future-minded, exciting collision of various genres creating happening music " Gilles Quinnell , PIAS, Harmonia Mundi World Village

“This highly original quartet unites jazz, classical, folk and rock elements in an intoxicating mix that is at once meditative and invigorating.” Ian Patterson, All About Jazz


2010 HORIZON / Ninety and Nine Records; Magnatune; Constantinus
2013 DRIFTERS / Neuklang
2014 SIMILARITY / Ninety and Nine Records
2017 INNATE  / Ninety and Nine Records

Important performances: Midem – Cannes, Jazz Café London, Sunset Sunside Paris, Cully Jazz Festival, Garana Jazz Festival, Umbria Balkanic Windows, Dubai International Jazz Fest, Nisville Jazz Fest, Vicenza Jazz Fest, DOKfest Munich, Hong Kong Jazz  Fest, Belgrade Jazz fest, Brasov Jazz and Blues Festival, Jazzy Colours Paris, Jarasum Jazz Fest, Preveza Jazz Fest, Alarma Punk Jazz Sofia, Kozlov Club Moscow, b - flat Berlin, Panic Jazz Club Marostica, JZ Club Shanghai...


Composed and arranged by Dejan Ilijic & EYOT

Recorded and mixed by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio Chicago

Mastered by Shelly Steffens at Chicago Mastering Service

INNATE has 7 compositions of eclectic genres, putting jazz, rock, ambient, punk, classical and conceptual music into one and tremendously leaning on traditional music from Balkan and eastern European music. Most of them (precisely five) are in an odd time signature, thus, the listener can hear traditional scales and harmonies all over the album. It is a perfect mix of old and new, east and west, which by the way has been one of the EYOT’s signatures from the moment they arrived on the scene in 2008.

VEER - to change direction; shift, turn, or change from one course, position, inclination; you can hear melody moving and rhythm changing in the tune.  When read in the band’s native language, Serbian, VEER is pronounced the same, but it becomes VIR /WHIRL/. This is of paramount importance, for this composition is dedicated to the famous archaeological site in Serbia, LEPENSKI VIR, one of the oldest traces of human settlements in the world (5300 BC).

HELM is an old Slavic word for BALKAN, and this composition has an odd timer rhythm and themes played by the guitar, bass and piano at the same time, all mixed into one melody at the end, describing in a way the intricate nature of HELM/BALKAN. 

MOUNTAIN stands for an aim; to climb to a mountain’s top has been a goal of countless people, both literally and metaphorically. We all have a mountain to climb...

PERUN is the old Slavic god of thunder, like Zeus, Jupiter or Thor, so you can hear his thunders coming out from the drum solo, followed by a pagan dance at the end of the composition, only to disappear into a mystic remote an ancient ritual.

CANNON OF INSOLATION is dedicated to one of the greatest Serbian scientists of all time, Milutin Milankovic, who wrote a famous scientific research “Canon of Insolation and the Ice-Age Problem”, an interdisciplinary work between mathematics, astronomy, geophysics and geology. 

RAMONDA SERBICA refers to a Serbian “Phoenix” flower, which, if dried and dying, can revive with only few drops of water. Furthermore, it is dedicated to the centenary of one of the greatest tragedies in human history- the First World War, and to its heroes from Serbia and other countries. The piano solo covers a fragment of a poignant Serbian traditional song “Tamo daleko”, written in memory of the said atrocity.

INNATE - the title composition is defined as “originating in or arising from the intellect or the constitution of the mind, rather than learned through experience.” Another association correlates again to the Serbian language; namely, if read imaginatively, in Serbian, INNATE is pronounced INAT, /SPITE/, a situation when a human being, against all odds and other people’s lack of support,  decides that they can do it, and that, despite everything, they are going to give 120%.