Their CD is definitely a must-have for any serious world music lover. It would be impossible to say which is better -- their CD or their live performance. Both possess quite unique and irresistible charms, and both are surprisingly different from anything you've ever heard.
The band simply defies any categorization.
The only fair assessment of their brand of music would be that it is a
fin de siecle hodge-podge of a Middle-and-Eastern European music
(including Gypsy music), combined with a home-grown cabaret (spiced with
a bit of Edith Piaff), some anonymous hotel lounge music, theatrical backing
music, Algerian, Turkish and Far Eastern music, plus some progressive and
avant-garde jazz, peppered with the "Hot Five" Djangoesque antics. Of course,
the preceding lame attempt at categorizing it is doing grave injustice
to this gorgeous music, which must be heard in order to be really appreciated.