Balkan Beat Box
Label: JDUB Records
Digital Release Date: 2005-09-20
Genre: World Music
Blending electronic music with hard-edged folk music from the Balkans, North Africa, and the Middle East, the exciting and internationally acclaimed collective Balkan Beat Box is out to prove that all the world is indeed a stage -- and that we are all gypsies.
Equally influenced by Boban Markovic, Rachid Taha, and Fanfare Ciocarlia as well as Manu Chao and Charlie Parker, Balkan Beat Box presents a wild mixture of styles and sounds on their self titled debut, out September 20th on JDub Records.
A band of New Yorkers, Israelis, Africans and Bulgarians, led by ex-Gogol Bordello member Ori Kaplan and Firewater/Big Lazy's Tamir Muskat, BBB brings together folk traditions with electronic beats, video projections, and a rotating cast of vocalists including the Victoria Hannah, Tomer Yosef, Buglarian Chicks, Jeremiah Lockwood, and gnawa player Hassan Ben Jaffar.
"A dance party that is more than the sum of its parts...from world class percussion synthesist Tamir Muskat" - Time Out NY
"An Eastern Bloc party turned to 11 at 4:30 a.m. - only live and with musicians hailing from Turkey, Israel, Morocco, Bulgaria and Spain." - Denver Post
"Finesse without a touch of self-confidence: the instruments include laptops and kitchen utensils, ancient Saharan dialects share the stage with neologisms...featuring adventuresome instrumental melees." - The Forward.
"Come prepared for a raucous night." - NY Post