Balkan Beat Box
Yesterday at the WUK: Balkan Beat Box, some New York musicians and two sample machines. Good drive and excellent entertainment, though it has nothing to do with “real” gipsy music, as far as I can say. But does it matter? NO! So we (me, a friend of mine who convinced me to come and about 200 others) have seen East coast musicians with roots in Israel playing what they think is Balkan music (and sounds like a good mixture of Klezmer, hiphop and, what I would call “Serbian tube style saxophone interventions”). It’s all about the fun and hopping around.
And we had fun! (And we were hopping around!) To be honest, I was expecting some Balkan chicks singing; at least that’s what the BBB-website promises. But yesterday there were only men playing. The singer was such a hot looking guy, however, and the man playing the guitar had an astonishing and sharp moustache, I really got my money worth. “Peace to the middle east.” Shalom and come again!
(PS: On my last trip to Bosnia, I discovered some “authentic” Balkan music – when are they coming to Vienna?)