MUCCA PAZZA assembled itself in a steel mill parking lot along the Chicago River. Combining marching band traditions and street theater spectacle with rock and roll sensibilities and a high level of musicianship, Mucca Pazza quickly found a home for its 25-odd members in the thriving Chicago underground music scene. An unparalleled eccentric, frenetic visual presence and genre-bending original compositions earned Mucca Pazza critical praise and a loyal local following.
A fearless ability to play anywhere opened up inappropriate opportunities in libraries, reflection ponds, and escalators. Tours of North America have brought the band to half of the states and one province. Major festivals include: Lollapalooza, Lincoln Center’s Out of Doors, Festival International de Louisiane and the Montreal Jazz Festival. Preceded by the reputation of its live show, Mucca Pazza hit the airwaves and interwebs, appearing on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, WFMU, and on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert while licensing music to TV’s Weeds and the Golden Globe® award winning Transparent. They’ve been busy collaborators, working with a range of artists including the Chicago Sinfonietta and Andrew Bird.