Bringing Balkans To Boston: Brass Band Spreads Southeast European Culture

Photo: James Rojas / WBZ NewsRadio

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A local brass band from the Boston area is spreading appreciation for Balkan-inspired dance and song with jam sessions across the city.

Conical Cacophony is made of up many musicians including Tyler Hauer on trumpet, Morgan Liu-Packard on accordion, and "Squirrel" on the bass drum. WBZ's James Rojas was treated to a private concert of songs that draw heavy influence southeastern European countries like Macedonia, Serbia, and Bulgaria.

"People can hear it and tell that it's coming from somewhere and that it's got tradition behind it. They can sense that it's something powerful, but they've probably never heard it before, so they want to know where that's from, what that's called," Squirrel said.

The band has been together for about two years, spreading the southeastern European culture and music that they fell in love with. The band says that while none of its members are from the region, they make sure to treat the music with nothing but respect and admiration.

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"We're proud of what we do, and we bring a good experience and do our best to represent this music and give a live experience of it to people here. Anybody who's interested in what we're doing should also by all means follow back and listen to it. The people who are from eastern Europe making this music, we're just trying to carry the torch a little bit and spread it around," Liu-Packard said.

WBZ's James Rojas (@JamesRojasNews) reports.

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