Introducing... the Mucca Pazza Composer Series! Mucca Pazza's music is through-composed and arranged by its members especially for the band's eclectic instrumentation, in which the timbres of a traditional marching band (drum line, brass, winds, glockenspiel) meld with unexpected electric guitars, a violin and cello, and an accordion, of all things! Installment #1 of the Composer Series features the tunes of Mucca Pazza percussionist and original member Andy Deitrich. Follow the series on Spotify and Apple Music.
Tis the season, and we are offering signed LPs and CDs in our shop! All titles purchased now through December 16th will be autographed by members of Mucca Pazza! Go ahead, peruse the selection over yonder and get your orders in by December 16th for delivery by December 23rd (USA only. Nerds from abroad are welcome to order autographed items but they won't make it in time for Xmas gift giving).
If your year has been anything like ours, you deserve a break! Take a load off, relax, and warm up with this video we made for David E. Smith’s tune “Rest on Muffin Street” on a hot summer day last June with director Jim Newberry. “Rest on Muffin Street” comes from our newly released Trick or Treat EP, is our first full band Sitting in Chairs music video, and is the first ever Mucca Pazza song to have lyrics! We hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it!
All arachnids have eight legs. The front pair of legs in some species has converted to a sensory function, while in other species, the front pair of legs is used to write intricate handwritten scores and play the alto saxophone. The video for our new song “Mr. Spider Goes Home to Spiderland” was directed and animated by guitarist Charlie Malave and stars composer & saxophonist David. E. Smith as Mr. Spider!
We are thrilled to present the video component for our latest tune, “Barbarous Relic”! Both the song and video represent a giant leap into new realms sonically and visually, with a joyous bombardment of the senses, taking you into wildly unpredictable territory where bass drums give birth to flaming eyeballs, the sousaphone paints a psychedelic sunset and geometric visions from parallel realities seem to appear everywhere.
What goes well with high-energy collider physics? A herd of American Bison? Well, sure, but also: a high-energy occasionally colliding marching band!
Mucca Pazza is throwing a Halloween Rumpus at the Logan Square Auditorium in Chicago and we don't want to see you there. We do of course want to see your costume and guess that it's really you. Not required, absolutely advised, you might want to start thinking about your uniform, we mean costume, early. You have until Friday, October 28.
For a limited time, we are offering SIGNED LPs and CDs in our merch store! All titles purchased between November 30th and December 20th will be personalized by members of Mucca Pazza and each order will receive a special gift. Go ahead, peruse the selection over yonder.
We proudly present: a brand new Mucca Pazza music video! "Sit Down Waltz" was filmed on location at the glorious Ragdale Foundation as part of Ronnie's 3Arts Residency Fellowship, directed by Chris Hefner, featuring Vanessa Valliere's choreography danced by the illustrious Mucca Pazza Cheerleaders Themselves! "Sit Down Waltz" appears on our latest album L.Y.A. which is available now on LP, CD and MP3 in our webstore.
Mucca Pazza is thrilled to be a part of the 606 & Bloomingdale Trail Opening Day Festivities! We are partnering with Opera-Matic and Bateria Quilombola & helping lead two of the many participatory trail-top processions that will be occurring throughout the day. Tell your friends, bring the kids, and join the parade! Here's the details:
11:30am: meet up at Park 567 (just north of the trail at Milwaukee and Leavitt) where Opera-Matic Makers will help you create your very own flag, and Opera-Matic Movers will help you brush up on your flag corps moves!
12:30pm: Let that freak flag fly! Join the community parade and follow Mucca Pazza up the long and winding ramp to the 606, then march east along the trail with us towards Walsh Park! Along the way we will encounter Bateria Quilombolo and more flag-waving friends.
Take a rest, eat a snack, drink some water, reapply your sunscreen, and then... DO IT ALL AGAIN!!!
2:30pm: meet up at Humboldt and Bloomingdale, just north of the trail, where Opera-Matic Makers will help you create your very own flag, if you don't already have one, and Opera-Matic Movers will help you brush up on your flag corps moves!
3:30pm: Let that freak flag fly! Join the community parade and follow Mucca Pazza up the straight and narrow ramp to the 606, then march east along the trail with us back towards Park 567! Along the way we will (once again) encounter Bateria Quilombolo (are those guys following us?!) and more flag-waving friends. Hooray!
The 606 takes Chicago’s legacy of great parks to new heights. The 606 has the elevated 2.7-mile Bloomingdale Trail as its centerpiece; when fully built out, the trail will be connected to six neighborhood parks at ground level, a wheel-friendly event plaza, an observatory, art installations, educational programming and other amenities. Set above city streets, it’s a new way to explore Chicago on trails for biking, running and strolling. The 606 also connects parks, people, and communities; what once physically separated four neighborhoods now will knit them together and attract visitors from throughout Chicago and beyond. Imaging block after block of uninterrupted trails. Kids will learn to ride their bikes up here, commuters will find a new shortcut to work, and neighbors will make new friends. The 606 will change what it means to go to the park. The 606 runs along Bloomingdale Avenue (1800N) on Chicago’s northwest side, and is a partnership between the City of Chicago, The Chicago Park District and not-for-profit The Trust for Public Land.