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| BALKAN BEAT BOX RETURNS
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||Balkan Beat Box: Blue Eyed Black Boy
Critics are applauding Balkan Beat Box’s highly anticipated new set Blue Eyed Black Boy, due out April 27 on Nat Geo Music. Huffington Post proclaims it “has single handedly raised the ante of what modern Balkan music could sound like,” and Boston Globe’s Grade A album review calls it “as sharp and serious as it comes.” Likewise, their live shows have been lauded, with the New York Times calling them “wild” and the San Francisco Weekly describing a recent show where “The Fillmore’s crystal chandeliers began shaking so hard with the stomping crowd it was like the whole auditorium turned into one giant rattle.” Balkan Beat Box will bring their tour to the U.S. with a series of tour dates that includes stops at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, Lincoln Center Out of Doors in New York and Lollapalooza.
| Blue Eyed Black Boy follows 2007’s Nu Med, which earned the band critical acclaim from such outlets as Entertainment Weekly, SPIN, NPR and more. The album was recorded in Tel Aviv and Belgrade in the midst of anti-Kosovo riots. “It was a very tense atmosphere, but we were in our studio, away from all that, translating that intense energy into something positive and good,” says Ori Kaplan, saxophone player and 1/3 of the Balkan Beat Box trio. Drummer/programmer/producer Tamir Muskat and charismatic vocalist/MC Tomer Yosef round out the band.
Self-produced by Balkan Beat Box, Blue Eyed Black Boy features a variety of musical instruments and guest appearances, including a local gypsy orchestra from Belgrade called Jovica Ajdarevic Orkestar. The album combines the musical elements of Mediterranean and Balkan traditions with hip-hop beats and punk influences, creating a unique sound that the New Yorker calls “ a dizzying array of musical hybrids.”
“It’s always amazing when the three of us get together in the studio,” says Kaplan. “It’s a great dynamic that none of us ever had before in a band, a true collaboration. Each of us has his specialty, Tamir brings the beats and production, Tomer is the lyricist, and I do the melodies and the horns. We bring these three elements together so naturally. We trigger off each other.”
|Balkan Beat Box: Blue Eyed Black Boy
||UPCOMING BALKEN BEATBOX TOUR
2. Move It
3. Blue Eyed Black Boy
4. Marcha De la Vida
5. Dancing With The Moon
7. My Baby
9. Look Them Act
11. Lijepa Mare
14. War Again
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