Mercury Orkestar is on a mission to connect people through music. Inclusive shows bring together the worlds of Brass Band, Balkan music, Pop and more into a roving all-ages party. From beer halls to concert stages to weddings to back-alley clubs, Mercury Orkestar brings their fiery blend of music to kick off the party.
Founding members Erik Kofoed (recovering horn player) and Bill Pritchard (sousaphone genius) first connected at the Eastman School of Music over their mutual love of punk rock and avant-garde classical music. After leaving school, both independently fell passionately in love with the Roma brass band tradition. Years later when Erik and Bill reconnected at a gig in Atlanta they discovered their shared enthusiasm for mixed-meter, ridiculously fast, complicated yet danceable brass-driven music. They found kindred musical spirits in fellow Eastman classmate and Atlanta transplant Miranda Dohrman (Eb clarinet) and local trumpet superstar Paul Poovey. After much rehearsal, they began playing shows featuring Balkan music and Erik’s ironically orchestrated Rock and Pop arrangements. Gradually expanding from beer halls and Oktoberfests, the fledgling Orkestar began spreading their gospel through academic circles, community events, house parties, and nightclubs. The Orkestar has played hundreds of shows since their first performance in 2007 and has grown its fan base and renown through grass-roots community engagement, a self-released EP in 2013, and recording credits for national acts. Their goal is to spread their love and appreciation of brass bands, Pop music, and Balkan music traditions—all packaged in an all-ages friendly, danceable whirlwind of musical color.