Babele Beat Band


world music band from Slovakia

BABELE BEAT BAND is a klezmer kapelje from Slovakia, middle Europe. The band is mainly influenced by jewish askhenazi and domestic folklore music in combination with new grooves and sounds. The band is playing classical klezmer tunes and own author compositions. The repertoire is also influenced by the musical tradition of middle – eastern Europe and Balkan. The classical approach is combined with modern grooves, jazz improvisations and fresh arragements of the tunes.

BABELE BEAT BAND The area of middle – eastern Europe and Balkan is a very interesting place to discover similar culters and approaches to music. Many domestic folklore traditions were mixed together and influenced each other many years. Our band tryes to take this as a basis for our music concept and is looking for new approaches and ways to play and compose songs in this manner.
This is the main reason why the Band cooperates with musicians from different countryes and regions – from Slovakia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Czech republic or Hungary.

Babele beat band with guest from Hungary, player on transilvanian flutes and tarogato – Balasz Dongo Szokolay – LIVE in Bratislava

BEFORE THE CONCERT: Kiril Stoyanov – Bulgarian percussion player jamming on Tapan with Erik on jewish melody from The Fools of Chelm ……


Babele beat band performs a program based on the Singerś novel THE FOOLS OF CHELM

The music was inspired by the novel of I.B. Singer´s novel The Fools of Chelm. It is an interesting fussion of new approach to klezmer and modern jazz improvisation. The album also contains original lyrics, which help better descripe its atmosphere. The Klezmer style originates from a characteristic, expressively strong melody, which reminds one of the human voice. Using the „speach“ of klezmer, solo and collective improvisation in interesting author´s compositions and mixing folk and jazz features gives the music an unique charakter. The author, Isaac Bashevis Singer, wrote a novel called The Fools of Chelm (and their History).The book was primarily written for children, but it may also please and advise adults. Using an enthralling style, the book describes the history of a poor town, Chelm. The story revolves around a situation when a word crisis suddenly appears in the vocabulary of the town citizens. The ruler, Gronam and his council of wise men, suddenly realises that the town is in a crisis which needs to be dealt with. Singer is a master in story-telling (presenting). Using plays on words and inteligent humour, he left behind the message that we should learn to distinguish human stupidity and narrowmindedness, even if born in the heads of our leaders. He amuses the reader with absurd and funny stories, but in the background he raises a warning finger, pointing out the danger that threatens from our leaders, who often act the same as the Fools of Chelm. The purpose of this project is to pass on such message using a musical adaptation. The Fools of Chelm is a project, which connects written text with written music in the Jazz and Klezmer style. It strives to grasp the main features of Singer’s novel The Fools of Chelm, and by the use of musical instruments express Jewish humour and wit, as well as the tears hidden behind it.