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Miri Ben-Ari: The Temple of Beautiful

When The Temple of Beautiful: Live at the Blue Note was recorded in 2000, Miri Ben-Ari looked like she might eventually become a jazz star. She’d ditched her previous classical repertoire (but not the chops she got from studying with Isaac Stern and Yeh-udi Menuhin), studied with Betty Carter

and made one previous album as a leader, Sahara. By now, though, she’s given up jazz and turned to hip-hop, dropping fiddle science on productions for Wyclef Jean, Twista and Kanye West and readying her own album as “The Hip-Hop Violinist” for release later this year. How does that happen?

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