In New Album, Chava Alberstein Teams Up With Balkan Beat Box's Tamir Muskat

LISTEN: First single from Alberstein's 53rd album, 'Ahavah,' has just been released; Muskat, the co-founder of the Balkan Beat Box, was the producer on the disc.

The first single from Israeli singer Chava Alberstein's 53rd album, which was produced by Tamir Muskat of Balkan Beat Box, has just been released.

Called “Ahavah,” it was written by Alberstein (lyrics) and Corinne Allal (music). The name of the album is “Ve’eikh Etzlekh.”

"I contacted Tamir after hearing his work in various styles. I liked what I heard very much, and it fascinated me,” Alberstein says. “I was also fascinated by the way he works, which is mostly by computer, in his small, intimate studio, where he produces, arranges, mixes and also drums. I was always fond of the word ‘intimate.’ We chose the songs on the disc together, from a selection I played for Tamir. Some of them are newer, and others have been waiting in the drawer for years."

“When I heard the first group of songs this one jumped out like a flower,” Muskat adds. “It’s been rewritten several times, if I remember correctly, and went a long way until it was ready,” Muskat says. “Like every song on this album, the way it was recorded was pretty unusual. The first thing we did was to get the spirit of the songs by just having Chava sing and play guitar. The moment we had the feeling and substance of the song, we started adding color – pretty much the opposite of how recordings are made. When Chava sang, she did one or two takes and that was it. The moment came when we figured out what the song wanted. The level of precision in feeling and tone is so high that all I thought about was how to bring in the rest of the elements."

David Bachar