Biography
 

SRDJAN BERONJA (born 1976 in Novi Sad) is a Serbian percussionist, musicologist, composer and producer.


Until 2001, he lived in the city of Novi Sad where he worked with a number of musicians and music groups. He left his homeland after the bombing of Serbia in 1999, followed buy socio-political changes in 2000.


In 2001, he moved to India and studied the Indian tabla in the city of Varanasi, as a disciple of Vikas Tripathi along with Kailash Nath Mishra, son of the legendary tabla maestro Pt. Samta Prasad. In the following years, he became a bearer of the diploma in classical Indian tabla. His book 'The Art of the Indian Tabla' (Rupa & Co / New Delhi / India 2008) came as the result of his studies, concerts and field researches.


From 2001 until 2011, Srdjan lived and worked in the triangle between the Balkans, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent, in a number of countries including India, Pakistan, Syria, Egypt, Turkey, Israel and others. He traveled over a hundred thousand miles overland researching various forms of music, traditional musical instruments and the cultures of these three regions. He collaborated and performed with numerous musicians and orchestras from various cultural backgrounds.


In 2011, he moved to Seattle / USA where he started experimental chamber music project trio AUDIO. The music based on tabla, frame drum and darabuka, together with double bass and various accompanying instruments, ancient rhythmic structures, improvisation, composed music, minimalism and trance.

In 2014, the first part of Srdjan's works was published on the CD album 'The Sounds of Varanasi - a unique sound journey through the holy city' (ARC Music / England / UK 2014).

In 2016, the second part of Srdjan's works was published on the CD album 'Sounds of the East - Music from the Balkans, India and the Middle East' (ARC Music / England / UK 2016).