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Mecca Bodega
percussionists
genre: alternative

Mecca Bodega is a percussive driven band from New York City featuring imaginative rhythmists Marc and Paul Mueller. With seven CD releases and extraordinary live performances, they continue to create a unique, hypnotic sound that is fresh and challenging to the ear and spirit. Mecca Bodega's CD "Skin", on Harmonized Records, includes high energy performances by djembe master Dr. Djobi and French Horn player/keyboardist Alex Brofsky. Multi-instrumentalist Chris Merwin currently adds shakuhachi flute, dobro, saz, tiple, and an array of guitars to the mix!

The instruments featured on their compact discs and movie scores range from African drums and Brazilian percussion to hammered dulcimer, found objects, guitars, didjeridoo, and voice. Mecca Bodega is a part of the Music Under New York program and when not touring can be heard performing all over the city, from Grand Central Terminal to Lincoln Center. They are members of the Home Grown Music Network.

Mecca Bodega has been featured on National Public Radio broadcasts of "New Sounds" on WNYC and Garrison Keillor's "Prairie Home Companion" with Simon 7 of Didjworks.

They've recorded several film scores, including HBO's Subway Stories, directed by Jonathan Demme; they also appeared in this film. Mecca Bodega worked with Public Enemy and Stephen Stills on the soundtrack for the Spike Lee movie, "He Got Game". Their music has been a part of several internationally aired PBS programs including "Hasten Slowly: The Life of Sir Laurens Van Der Post", and recently, the group is featured in the German documentary, "Musik Im Untergrund".

The band has collaborated with M. Doughty (Soul Coughing), Mary Lorson (Madder Rose), Chris Rael (Church of Betty), Kevin Salem and numerous other performers. In addition, Paul has been busy recording and producing CDs and DVDs in his studio, including the Jammy's DVD release featuring the Allman Brothers, Bob Weir, Jon Scofield, Steve Winwood and others.

Having an insatiable appetite for touring, Mecca Bodega has touched audiences nationally and internationally, including performances at Lollapollooza, Woodstock (reunion), Celebrate Brooklyn Summer Festival, Merkin Concert Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and tours of the U.S. and of Australia.

performing at Solar Fest | performing in a New York City Subway station

 

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