Thursday, May 28, 2009

BALKAN BEAT BOX - Friday June 12th, 2009 @ Techno-Tribal

Take the rooster crowing in Balkan Beat Box's debut album as a wake up call - rise and shine soon-to-be pleased partygoers of Techno-Tribal 2009, it's a guarantee that Friday's headliner is going to keep you far from your comfy bed, keep you dancing like an elated monkey…keep you smiling as you say "Ah hell yes!" - Balkan Beat Box is off the chain.

Techno-Tribal has hosted Muytator in years past; Balkan Beat Box is the world beat version of Muytator. What started as a dream to combine a variety of cultures into one project has now manifested into what is Balkan Beat Box. BBB is Tamir Muskat and Ori Kaplan, two Israeli-born, seasoned NYC musicians and DJs already a part of the many other underground bands on the scene. They are joined by musicians and composers Itamar Ziegler, Dana Leong, Tomer Yosef, Ben Handler, Eyal Talmudi, Peter Hess, Uri Kinrot, and Jeremiah Lockwood. Together they become a high-energy block party.

Balkan Beat Box is all-inclusive world music. They credit their sound to being from Israel and growing up in the Middle East, as well as years of touring in New York. They are Balkan gypsy funk mixed with Middle Eastern rhythm; they combine sounds of the Mediterranean with sounds of Bulgaria, Turkey, Israel and others; they use the power of their vocals, guitars, drums, electronics, turntables, horns and even a clarinet. They put "World" into World Music.

Get perspective on what Balkan Beat Box is all about in this telling interview and live footage, where they talk about fitting in with the group of NYC musicians who are in the process of creating their own "new immigrant music" that falls outside of what is commercial and part of the corporate music industry.

Prep yourself for the intensity,, and get ready to say WOW - Friday, June 12th, at Techno-Tribal's 10 Year Anniversary Celebration.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Countdown to Techno-Tribal 2009 Begins...

Hello good friends of Techno-Tribal, it's time to get excited for this years festivities that promise to be the wiliest two-nights of music, art, and performance shakedown seen yet in Grace Pavilion. We have been working hard to make this year more elaborate and awe-inspiring than ever. Who is ready for a little juggling, Balkan Beat Box, aerial acrobats 40' in the air, dubstep, founding fathers of ambient house music, Andrew Jones, heated fire dancing, and a rainbow of laser lights dancing above your bouncing heads? We'll be updating you here and through all of our social networks over the coming 3 weeks, so stay tuned for party updates and inside info about our performers as we countdown to the Techno-Tribal Community Dance 10-Year Anniversary Celebration! 

Techno-Tribal Community Dance 10-Year Anniversary - June 12th & 13th, 2009!


Mystic Beat Lounge Celebrates the 10-Year Anniversary of Techno-Tribal Dance - June 12th & 13th, 2009

Grace Pavilion, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 8PM-3AM


Santa Rosa, CA - May 26, 2009 - Mystic Beat Lounge ( is excited to announce the 10-year anniversary of its legendary Techno-Tribal Dance ( June 12th & 13th. Techno-Tribal Dance, which is Harmony Festival’s After Dark music and art extravaganza, is one of the largest independently produced events in the Bay Area. What originally started in 1999 with a few good party loving people has today grown into a full-scale production run by a collective of seasoned DJ’s, artists, visionaries and producers known as the Mystic Beat Lounge. This year Techno-Tribal is adding many firsts to its show and pulling out all the stops to make this the most elaborate fusion of the underground arts, combining dance music, lighting, performance, fire, acrobatics, juggling, aerialists, and performance painters into one spectacular community gathering for two unforgettable nights.

The weekend celebration will host Balkan Beat Box’s sounds of the Gypsy Diaspora, the bass-driven tribal grooves of Medicine Drum (with guests Wisdom), plus Somalia-born hip hop artist K’Naan whose stylings merge conscious American hip hop with brilliant protest poetry. Acclaimed composer and musician, Kitaro, will perform for the midnight celebration while his music is mixed for the first time to an anthemic dubstep soundtrack and visually accented by the dazzling fire feast of Luminesque. Also included in the line-up is multi-genre trance inductions of DJ/Producer Shpongle featuring a very special guest appearance by Reggae artist Matisyahu, U.K. chillout pioneers The Orb, the dub-reggae driven house and breaks of  U.K. producer/performer/DJ Gaudi in his first ever West Coast festival appearance. Bay Area Hip Hop & Freestyling artist Abai will grace the stage, as well as NANDA, an innovative and comedic juggling act. When it's time to relax, the Chill Lounge with live performance painters, cameo stage performances, visual arts, massage therapists and an elaborately decorated temple awaits partygoers.

“We have gone to great lengths to make this year’s Techno-Tribal Dance the very best in our 10 year history.” say Zack Darling, lead producer of the Mystic Beat Lounge. “Our audience expects the most epic and amazing night we’ve ever produced and we intend to exceed their wildest imagination. We’ve let our dreams loose this year.”

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About Mystic Beat Lounge

The Mystic Beat Lounge is a collective of individuals who are passionate about producing participatory, cutting-edge community events and parties. The Mystic Beat Lounge is continually exploring the transformative possibilities of community interactivity. It is their mission to create contexts where community talent and energy can be shared freely. Mystic Beat Lounge works to create events that act as a catalyst for deepening and accelerating community growth and connection to contribute to the positive evolution of planetary consciousness - and they have a good time doing it.