Led by Bulgarian-born performer-composer Milen Kirov, Orkestar MÉZÉ has established itself as West Coast's première original Balkan/Funk brass powerhouse in a short period of time. Since September of 2010 this 11-piece ensemble has gathered a large following through their raucous, joyous live shows where fans of all ages and walks of life dance to the band’s trademark Peasant Funk. Orkestar MÉZÉ has carved its own path with their original high-energy electo-acoustic sound and powerful 6-piece horn section, mixing American funk and soul with fiery traditional Bulgarian and Balkan odd rhythms and slippery modal melodies. The members of the band hail from Bulgaria, Italy, Turkey, New Zealand, Canada, and the US and this diversity is evident in their unique style they branded "peasant funk", which is sure to make you dance uncontrollably.
Orkestar MÉZÉ released their eagerly-anticipated debut album "Peasant Funk" on November 11, 2011 to rave reviews by critics and audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. Radio stations across the US and Europe such as California's KPFK, and KCRW, as well as Bulgarian National Radio and Radio "Dobrudja" have added the record to their playlists. In addition, online and print media have enthusiastically embraced "Peasant Funk", calling it "a magician's hat that you can reach into and pull out anything your heart desires" and "a musical concoction that is equally appetizing to the refined music connoisseur and the regular music listener".