From New York, Israeli Duo Serves Up Balkan Beats

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The cross-cultural crew that is the New York band Balkan Beat Box came together around two Israeli musicians, Tamir Muskat and Ori Kaplan.

Their latest album is called Nu Med; world music critic Milo Miles has a review.

Techno Fusion from Balkan Beat Box

Balkan Beatbox founders Ori Kaplan and Tamir Muskat. i i

hide captionBalkan Beatbox founders Tamir Muskat (left) and Ori Kaplan.

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Balkan Beatbox founders Ori Kaplan and Tamir Muskat.

Balkan Beatbox founders Tamir Muskat (left) and Ori Kaplan.

Miao Wang

The sound of Balkan Beat Box carries a faint reminder of the day the circus came to town, with dancing ladies and big trombones. But the dancers are belly dancers and the saxophones and brass recalls the Klezmer tradition of going from village to village to weddings and funerals.

In this case, the village is Brooklyn, where the band's Israeli-born founders Ori Kaplan and Tamir Muskat, now have their base of operations. They tell Jacki Lyden about their first-ever CD, and a style that muses clarinets and horns with hypnotic trance music and a techno beat.

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