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While Jewish musicians have a tendency to perform with a number of different bands, few seem to be quite as busy as Ori Kaplan. The Israeli-born saxophone player is a member of no less than eight different groups, covering a range of different musical genres from folk and blues through to rock and electronic.
Born in Tel Aviv in 1969, Ori was taught clarinet as a child by klezmer and classical musicians, but instead opted for a career in more modern music.
After a spell with the sample-driven, Tel Aviv band DXM, he relocated to New York in 1991, and five years later formed the first of his many bands, Ori Kaplan Trio Plus (who started life as a three piece but became a quartet in 1999) Other bands to feature his name include the Ori Kaplan Shaat'Nez Band and the Ori Kaplan Percussion Ensemble.
Other bands he's been involved with over the past decade include gypsy punk combo Gogol Bordello, rock group Firewater and the jazz group William Parker Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra.
More recently he and fellow Israeli musician Tamir Muskat have worked together on Balkan Beat Box, a project which blends traditional folk tunes with electronic beats, and also features artists from North Africa, the Balkans and the Middle East. The pair also play together in Shot'Nez, an offbeat band who give Jewish melodies a rocky spin.
For more information: www.orikaplan.com