"There’s a richness to which jazzers would get but, curiously, many seem to access it through the multiplying of ‘unmoved’ notes oddly orphaned from reasonably rich tone. Rather than glimpsing intervals of pitch and time well-owned/projected by an as-evocative texture, a stubbornly cold ‘pyrotechnology’ can dominate. The tendency reads like pre-conscious compensation...
Enter Sanja Markovic and her recent project, Ascension. I, for one, am waiting carefully for the present tone and phrase (from ASCENSION) to winsomely manifest the profoundly shareable - Meaning; her first few bars have taught me to do so. Even in our present consumerist mess of culture, Substance yet convicts; when its emanation from a body is ‘ipso facto’ one from real Insight, the collective head must turn. Indeed, awake; and heads way up! ’ This set of verbal and harmonic constellations pertains to embodiment rather than to mere signing; it therein portends great things. Arrangements, ensemble work, and solos are dependably fine; it’s all gloriously haunted, though, by a vocal-compositional vision that only sometimes falls short of the prophetic. Don’t miss these transformative transformations. ..."
- K.Scot Sparks (trumpeter, art professor and pilgrim)
Sanja produced the debut album “Ascension” as a concept album, where seven original songs and one remake speak of love and humanity. The material will soon be gaining one original bonus track and the album will be released locally by April 2019.
Sanja: “...For me, composing is joy - a lot of the material came in dreams - over years . ‘Ascension’ was a rebirth of myself (I turned one recently:) - ...the arrangements were largely done at the piano but I also used the tenor as a real extension of my own voice. Gratefully, excellent musicians were involved...of course, maneuvering production successfully, against significant odds, was a real feat - one I sometimes still doubt I accomplished, (...until the next review!) I am nothing but grateful!.."
Song "Sovereign State of Mind" wins an "Award with a Distinction" at 5th International Jazz Composition Contest in Katowice, Poland, December 2018.
After debuting at the 33rd Belgrade Jazz Festival, Sanja has performed this material at Metropolis Jazz Fest in 2018.
Tim Dickeson, a "Jazz Wise" journalist, about the performance at the Belgrade Jazz Festival: "Sanja Markovic (only vocalist at the festival) performed songs from her debut albums "Ascension". She is also an excellent saxophonist and composer, but her real power, to me, is in her voice - deep and exciting, with that emotion which makes you want to listen to her over and over again."
Marcin Puławski (LMF Poland): "We had to wait until the last day of the festival for more Serbian artists where appeared, among others phenomenal Sanja Marković - composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist. Her concert was a great surprise, because the artist's brand is beyond the borders of this country and is not known yet. She is endowed with an extremely deep, low and beautifully voice reminiscent of Cassandra Wilson herself. She was accompanied by a sensational band in which Maks Kotchetov (saxophone) stood out, as well as an intriguing group of vocals, in jazz style, unfortunately rare."
“This album, symbolically named ”Ascension”, is my own ascendance as a musician, a being and a part of the whole. I believe it carries the light of truth and colors of a dream. I hope it reaches many.”