Babaganoush's music incorporates many diverse influences, drawing upon the myriad of European folk traditions and also making forays into the realms of bellydance. The band are led by their ears - following the sounds that they love without being overly concerned about musical (or political) borders.
The music is both authentic and fresh. Band members have studied with masters of Eastern European musical traditions. The music therefore reflects the subtleties of traditional genres. However, the musicians also let their imaginations loose to create interesting and unusual arrangements.
Balkans & Gypsy songs & dance tunes
We are using the word 'Balkans' in a broad sense here to mean the
South-Eastern corner of Europe. This region is the world's great home of irregular dance rhythms - 7/8, 9/8, 11/8. Babaganoush love to perform these intricate and intoxicating traditional tunes and songs from Greece, Bulgaria, Serbia and beyond. The Gypsy tunes Babaganoush perform are generally from the Balkan area and have a tradition of their own within the Romani/Gypsy communities. They are mainly Romanian, Hungarian, Serbian based.
These are well-known Russian Gypsy pieces such as Dark Eyes, The Basso, Two Guitars, saved for restaurant gigs, weddings on request and intimate parties.
Klezmer is the traditional Eastern European Jewish music, full of mourning as well as excitement and joy. Klezmer is a huge genre and Babaganoush performs a selection of slow and fast pieces including doinas, freylachs and bulgars at Jewish weddings and Bar Mitzvahs.