Ortho­dox Lon­doner mics up as Olympian beat­boxer

The Jewish Chronicle - - Front Page - BY ZOE WINO­GRAD

A 25-YEAR-OLD Jewish Lon­doner is set for the sum­mer of a life­time — beat­box­ing his way through the Olympic and Par­a­lympic Games.

Daniel Brill is one of 300 suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants who will com­prise the Coca-cola beat­box­ing squad. The exJFS pupil brings an ex­tra di­men­sion to the dis­ci­pline — he is al­most cer­tainly the only one who com­bines beat­box­ing with a Jewish ed­u­ca­tion.

Beat­box­ing is a form of vo­cal per­cus­sion, aug­mented by a closely held mi­cro­phone. Mr Brill learned his ba­sic skills from a friend while at JFS. Now, “Beat­box­ing Brill” is com­mit­ted to us­ing it as a way of teach­ing and en­gag­ing young peo­ple with Ju­daism. He said: “My vi­sion is to be able to teach Ju­daism, not just us­ing for­mal meth­ods, but also bring­ing fun and ex­cite­ment through in­for­mal means. Com­bin­ing Jewish-in­fused lyrics with mu­sic is some­thing which will hope­fully bring texts to life even more.”

Over the last three years, Mr Brill has per­formed in New York and Mas­sachusetts with prom­i­nent Jewish-amer­i­can beat­box­ing groups such as Kol Zimra.

Coca-cola, which is spon­sor­ing the Olympic and Par­a­lympic Beat­box Pav­il­ion, is as­sem­bling the 300 beat­box­ers to pro­vide en­ter­tain­ment for the public while they queue for events. The build­ing it­self is in­tended to dou­ble up as a mu­si­cal in­stru­ment, which will vi­brate to a song cre­ated by pro­ducer Mark Ron­son, who recorded the sounds made by Olympic ath­letes while train­ing. Af­ter the Games are over, Mr Brill is headed for New York’s Yeshiva Univer­sity to take a Mas­ter’s in Jewish ed­u­ca­tion. “You can be re­li­gious and beat­box,” he de­clared. One day he hopes to have a class­room of Jewish stu­dents bounc­ing to his beats.

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