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"The music performed by Orkestar Bez Ime will prompt listeners to tap their toes."
–Minnesota Public Radio's Minnesota Sounds & Voices
Orkestar Bez Ime write, play their own brand of Balkan folk (by Dan Olson)
"While they take a more traditional approach than the pop-infused bands like Beirut or DeVotchKa, OBI beautifully illustrates the roots that those wildly popular groups originally grew from....[Mahala Drive is] a supremely well executed example of an under-appreciated music genre...."
–Reviler.org (Mahala Drive review by Jon Behm)
"The band's rousing Balkan tunes, with an American flavor, are in high demand all over the Midwest...."
–Minnesota Public Radio's All Things Considered
Minnesota musicians play to save the European folk (music) by Dan Olson
"They've spent years studying and learning the intricacies of the music they perform. As a dance band they play to get people on their feet.”
"Euro music, but not stuck-up"
"The band's between song machinations...might well merit attendance on their own."
"Despite the group’s flexible musical arrangement, each musician’s performance style and techniques are meticulous and authentic. Orkestar Bez Ime’s (OBI) players perfected their folk music techniques the old fashioned way: traveling to Eastern Europe, going from village to village, and studying under the best folk musicians in the region....Thorough, authentic training pays off nicely for the group’s audience: attending an OBI concert is truly like entering a different world....It is not to be missed."
Eastern European Traditions Staged as Kolyada by Orkestar Bez Ime and Others
PRX.org (KBEM FM) interview with Phil Nusbaum (Minnesota Music Profiles)
Orkestar Bez Ime's Program of Romani Music
Ampers.org (KBEM FM) interview with Phil Nusbaum