Mecca Bodega

Mecca Bodega

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Explosive world class percussion from New York City featuring a cultural collage of global drumming and melodic sensibilities. The rhythmic beat masters Mecca Bodega offer up "Skin" their powerful 7th release on Harmonized Records that lifts the spirit and positively gets the groove on!

Biography

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 new CD "Skin," on Harmonized Records includes high energy performances by Djembe master Dr. Djobi and French Horn player/keyboardist Alex Brofsky!

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 Station 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 2003/2004 DVD releases 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 '92, Woodstock '94, Celebrate Brooklyn Summer Festival, Merkin Concert Hall, Avery Fisher Hall and tours of the U.S. and of Australia.

Discography

Mahatma Gumbo - (Fang) 1993 Produced by Juba

City of Rocks - (Fang) 1996 Produced by Juba

Subway Stories Soundtrack - (1m1 Trax/Hybrid) 1997 Produced by Alex Steyermark, Juba

Hammered Dulcimer - (Fang) 1997 Produced by Juba

Live - (Fang) 1999 Produced by Juba

Rhythm Rail - (Fang) 2000 Produced by Juba

Skin - (Harmonized) 2005 Produced by Juba

Collaborations:

Mecca Bodega with:

Didjworks:

New York Dreaming - (Nature Beat Music) 1994
Grand Central Live - (Nature Beat Music) 1995

Church of Betty:

In Search of Spiritual Junk Food - (Ponk) 1995
Comedy of Animals - (Fang) 1998

Street Dreams - (Clay Dog) 1996 compilation

Homegrown 5 Totally Live - (Harmonized) 2002 compilation

Lake Eden Arts Festival - (LEAF) 2005 Compilation

Marc and Paul Mueller:

She Never Blinks
Don't Step on Tiny - (Headshaker) 1994 Produced by C. Stamey

Didjworks:

Collective Unconscious - (Nature Beat Music) 1999

Marlon Cherry and Paul Mueller:

Tiny Demons
A Tribute to Todd Rundgren Part 2 - (Third Lock) 1996

Paul Mueller:

Spike Lee
(drum overdubs) - "Get On The Bus" (Spike Lee) 1997

Public Enemy/Stephen Stills
"He Got Game" (Spike Lee soundtrack) 1998

Lee Feldman
"Eastern Europe" (Mercury) Produced by Rodger Peltzman 1998

Mark Lizotte
"Staring A Hole In The Sun" (Mammoth Records) 1999

Marc Mueller:

Fetchin Bones
Cabin Flounder - (DB) 1984 Produced by Don Dixon
Bad Pumpkin - (Capitol) 1985 Produced by Don Dixon

Skeeters
Wine, Women & Walleye - (DB) 1987 Produced by S. Haigler & T. Lee

Mecca Bodega Movie Scores:

This Nervous Thing - Film maker Edda Santos 1995
PBS of South Africa - Hasten Slowly: The Life of Sir Laurens Van Der Post (Turtle Rock Productions) 1996
HBO - Subway Stories - including director Jonathan Demme 1997
HBO - Goodnight Moon and Other Sleepytime Tales 1999
Musik Im Untergrund - German PBS Documentary 2002

Mecca Bodega Modern Dance Scores:

Three Phases of a Woman - Merce Cunningham Studio, NYC 1991
Fire - Maxine Moerman Chinese Theater of Chinatown, NYC 1995
Streetbeat - New Dance Alliance, NYC and Philadelphia 1997
Fern's Heart Of Darkness - Pina Baush-U.S./European Tour 2001

Set List

Mecca Bodega's sets are usually one to two hours long and include songs from their seven CDs as well as new compositions.