Balkan Beat Box is an Israeli musical group founded by Tamir Muskat, Ori Kaplan of Firewater and Big Lazy, and Tomer Yosef (MC, vocals, perc, sampler unit). As a musical project they often cooperate with a host of other musicians both in the studio as well as live.
Their current live crew consist of Tomer Yosef, Ben Hendler, Itamar Ziegler, Eyal Talmudi, Uri Kinrot, Ron Bunker, Jeremiah Lockwood, and Peter Hess. Amongst their other collaborators are Victoria Hanna, the Bulgarian Chicks, and gnawa player Hassan Ben Jaffar.
Co-founders Ori Kaplan and Tamir Muskat both met in Brooklyn, New York City, New York as teenagers. Both had grown up with music and Kaplan had been a klezmer clarinetist, while Muskat was a drummer in a punk rock band. They began playing together but had trouble finding a style that they felt represented themselves, so they decided to create one.