Balkan Beat Box
Balkan Beat Box

Balkan Beat Box is steeped with an intense lifetime of research into their own non-Western roots as well as other cultures. A quasi-circus event, BBB performs with a core of 6 musicians, collaborating with artists from Bulgaria, Morocco, Spain, Israel, and Turkey who draw on a variety of styles from around the world. Every event keeps the audience guessing what the next surprise will be.

BBB makes connections that politics often keep separate. Jewish, Gypsy, Arabic, and American are united by hip hop beats and dancehall toasts. BBB’s musical hitch-hiking continues as they mix things up with dub and electronics, juxtaposed with ancient Moroccan and Mediterranean melodies. The band’s uncategorizable sound gives equal weight to soulful acoustic timbres and digital rhythms creating a uniquely organic sound with electronic elements.

BBB are Tamir Muskat and Ori Kaplan joined with the gifted musicians/composers Itamar Ziegler, Dana Leong, Tomer Yosef and other guests. Both Tamir and Ori have been active for a decated in NYC's premier underground bands like Firewater, Gogol Bordello, J.U.F., Big Lazy, Shot'nez, Victoria Hanna, and DJing around the world. Collaborating with VJ's and MC-Vocalist, Percussionist Tomer Yosef, the BBB show came to life.

BBB is a natural reaction of musicians who wanted to erase political borders (as our ears don't have them, why should we?) on the dance floors from NYC to Middle East. From Berlin to Macedonia to Bloominton, Indiana to Tokyo to Jerusalem to San Francisco to Bordeaux and Brussels. People are listening and moving to the new BBB sound.


Accomplished with tools and disciplines (extreme instrumentalism, DJ'ing across the glove) and a strong urge to create a new musical breed that surpasses the old reality borders and takes just people and culture in their extended roots from East to South, from Romania to Yemen, Balkans to North Africa, Ramallah to Tel Aviv, around our little Mediterranean pond there is more common to us than the news and politicians let people think.