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Cocek! Brass Band
United States
Influences: Balkan , Jewish , Caribbean
Genres: balkan brass, instrumental, brass band, balkan, west african, eastern european, new orleans brass band, vocal, brass, mediterranean
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Cocek! Brass Band-Boston, MACocek! consists of Sam Dechenne (trumpet/vocals/composer), Ezra Weller (flugelhorn), Clayton DeWalt (Trombone), Jim Gray (Tuba) and Grant Smith (Tappan Drum). A 5-piece ensemble from Boston, MA playing all original compositions. The music isinfluenced by Eastern-European and New Orleans dance songs, Afrobeat, Klezmer and elements of reggae and Western classical pieces.

CBB sounds are inspired byacts like Fanfare Ciocarlia, Fela Kuti, Miles Davis, Rebirth Brass Band, traditional Balkan songs and chamber brass repertoire. Dance music for those seeking something new and unique, contemplative Old World melodies that hark to a lost era and catchy riffs that will have you singing along and tapping your foot all night long.

In performance spaces ranging from hollowed out warehouses and arts spaces in Boston to the Kennedy Center in D.C., The Burlington Discover Jazz Festival in Vermont, WorldFest in Louisville, KY and the 11th Annual NY Gypsy Music Festival, Cocek! can be found sprinkling their Phrygian magic dust on audience members all over the world. They also put on programs for schools and universitiestraditional Balkan/Klezmer & New Orleans Jazz music, it's wonderfully beautiful history and it's relation to their original compositions.

In 2015, Cocek! released a professionally produced music video for "There Goes Shlomo", a track from their debut ablum Here Comes Shlomo. The video has been nominated for the 2016 Manchester Film Festival in UK. Also in the Fall of 2015 theycollaborated with a traditional Japanese Taiko drum troupe for the UNIQLO clothing company’s grande opening and VIP event in Boston. In the Winter of 2014, the ensemble joined with Boston-area electronic musician "String N' Fader" to create a re-mix album consisting of different DJs and electronic musicians sample songs from Shlomo.

Their newest album, Round Two, is being released in the Spring of 2016.