Marko Balland

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Marko Balland

Marko based in Marseille, France fell in love with the harmonica after hearing "Scool" by Supertramp - he initially bought a harmonica and started playing. Lateron already being a blues harmonicist, Marko went on a road trip the US in 1985 to rub shoulders with the most significant musicians of the blues world. Upon returning to Paris, he set up his first blues group, "Golden Blues Band", where he scorched the halls of France with his unique, blazing style. He played with several bluesmen in Paris, notably Marwa Right in "Blue Suburbs"!

Having discovered rock through Jimi Hendrix, Marko Balland released an album in tribute to Jimi under the name Marko A Donf'experience.
He contrubutes to several studio sessions for well-known albums! Marco took part in the creation of the recording studios "Le Chantier in Montreuil" in Paris.

2010 Release of a double single with titles: "Pas Touche” and “Le Ciel Va..”.

2010 The realase of Marko Balland’s First album “Mille et Un Reveil”

2012 - 2013 The release of Marko Balland's second album Dentelles Hurlantes (translated Howling Lace) truly affirms the scope and style of this harmonicist/singer.

Between blues and metal, Marko Balland is undoubtedly, no question, the most rock oriented harmonica man of his generation!! The powerful sound of his guitar-like harmonica style vascillates between Jimi Hendrix and Reeves Gabrels. The lyrics of Boris Bergman (Baschung) make his music a beautiful French homage while keeping the musicality of the Rock n'Roll of France.

And finally, "The Marseillais Trio" with their big guitar sounds and bigger rhythms definitively melds the metal rock sound of this record with the once again stellar collaboration of Boris Bergman (lyrics) and drummer Stéphane Avellaneda (Ana Popovic) on the song “Pas Touche”.

2012: Release of the album Dentelles Hurlantes (Howling Lace) recorded and videoed partly at Studio Le Chantier in Paris and Freaky Dog Studio in Marseille.
Release of remastered Tribute to Jimmy Hendrix. He starts recording his first all blues album with Ana Popovic's musicians and records the debut singles “Lazy” and “Far Away From Love”.

2014 Marko joins Hat Man Session, with Nasser Ben Dadoo (Guitar/vocals), Mattieu Tomy (Double Bass) Alexis Voisin (Drums)

2015 Recording of "Dog n Wolf", Winner at Blues sur Seine in 2015

2016 Registration of EPK "Long way Home"

2016 Recording on the album "The White Rattlesnake"

2017 Joins Sanseverino

2019 Joins "Ronan One Man Band" for the Tour in Europe and records their first album.

2019 Co-founds blues group "Thunder Rising" with Jerome Cornelius (guitar), Karim Bouazza (drums), Pascal Blanc (bass) and Didier Mouret (organ)

2020 Recording of the album "Long Way From Home" with Ronan One Man Band.

2022 Recording of the album "Deep in South" with >The Blue-Footed Boobies.

2023 Marko joined the "SEYDEL Family" endorsing the instruments - this is what Marko said about why he chose SEYDEL:

"In addition to making very good quality harmonicas, Seydel is above all a family where the artists feel good".

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