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Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica @ Nave Gallery

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica @ Nave Gallery
Friday, November 2, 2012: 8:00-9:30 pm

Venue: 617.593.3744

Buy tickets online (recommended) at

$15/advance, general admission.
$5/under-18 (w/ adult ticket, available at door only).

Boston’s Best World Music Act’s Fall 2012 concert comes to the Nave Gallery for the first time!

Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica…just about all the original stars of exotica … are gone — here, at last, is their successor.” -Huffington Post
Referencing the exotica of Martin Denny, Milt Raskin, Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich among others, Mr. Ho’s, Orchestrotica–as a vibraphone quartet–presents an original third-stream collection of updated jazz, chamber, and world music reaching towards the South Pacific via Asia, the Middle East, the Balkans, and Latin America. Led by, multi-percussionist, vibraphonist and composer Brian O’Neill (Mr. Ho) the group normally features bass flute/woodwinds (Geni Skendo), percussion (Noriko Terada), and acoustic bass (Jason Davis). This concert will feature special guest and frequent collaborator Tev Stevig on oud.

While the “deliciously demented and entertaining” Orchestrotica (The Wall Street Journal) does perform classics by the original artists of the exotica style, the group focuses on “serious jazz and chamber-music writing” (Boston Herald) written by O’Neill that is highly influenced by his fifteen-year career as a versatile percussionist. The quartet often reinterprets classical melodies, improvising over them and adding exotic sounds from around the world leading AllAboutJazz to say, “…if John Zorn is an exotica Picasso, O’Neill is his Georges-Braque counterpart [and] may be, in the long run, a stronger exoticist than Zorn.” In June 2011, they released their debut quartet CD, Third River Rangoon, which the Boston Phoenix called “…a rigorous classical-jazz hybrid…” and the Huffington Post called named it one of their “Top 10 Albums for 2011.

The CD continues their Exotica for Modern Living series, which opened with The Unforgettable Sounds of Esquivel, their 23-pc big band formation performing the lost space-age pop music of Esquivel. This debut CD was also one of the Huffington Post’s “Top 10 for 2011,” a “Top Album for 2010” at AllAboutJazz, and received four stars from the Sunday London Times.

…marvelously flexible unit…“–The Boston Globe
…incredible musicianship…“–Downbeat

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PONG – A new film from Nepal

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

PONG, a film from Nepal is coming to Somerville, MA on November 1.  Producer Praveena Shrestha will be present to introduce the screening and discuss.

WHERE: NAVE GALLERY (Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church) 155 Powderhouse Blvd. Somerville, MA 02144


COST: $5. Advance tickets on sale at SCATV

PONG (Nepal, Directed by Shambhu Rayamajhi and Pradip Kumal, 111 minutes, color, video, in Chepang with English subtitles, 2010) The film is unrated and is PG-13 in nature.  Programmed by Gordon Nelson, Bijaya Tamang and Shiva Mishra of Somerville Community Access Television.

PONG is an adventurous documentary-style film by Nepali directors Shambhu Rayamajhi and Pradip Kumal that features the mysterious Chepang people of Nepal.  Inhabiting the mountainous forest regions, the Chepang have little contact with modern civilization.  PONG follows an action-packed story that portrays the extreme difficulty of Chepang life tempered with the joys of being part of a close community.  The Nepali filmmakers gained extraordinary access to the Chepang and were able to document rare glimpses of the traditions and rituals of this remote culture.  Don’t miss this opportunity to preview this very special film in Somerville, MA.

Contact: Gordon Nelson, SCATV, 90 Union Square, Somerville, MA tel. 617.628-8826

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PONG - a new film from Nepal

Our 2012 Live Events Season at The Nave has begun!

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Check us out!  We’ve already kicked off our 2012 / 2013 season and we’ve got some interesting events coming up.  You can always count on us to bring you the finest in locally produced alternative and thought provoking entertainment!

Our first really big weekend begins in November:

Thursday, November 1, 2012, 7pm
PONG, a film from Nepal

Friday, November 2, 2012, 8pm
Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica

Saturday, November 3, 2012, sometime around breakfast time
Nave Gallery Pancake Breakfast (details to follow)

Sunday, December 9, 2012, 7pm
Cambridge Chamber Singers

Saturday, December 15, 2012, 7pm
Jason Anderson’s Sixth Annual Good Cheer Festival!

More details about these events coming soon!

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Songs of Hope for Haiti is a project to help relief efforts in Haiti.

Please consider making a donation to Partners In Health. Go to their website and learn about the good work that they do around the world, especially in Haiti. PIH needs our support now more than ever during this enormous crisis.

The artists performing on this album are friends of The Nave Gallery, Somerville, MA, USA. Many of them have performend at The Nave in the past. All of them responded quickly and generously with their participation in this project. Please visit their websites for more information.

The album features new songs by:

The Accident That Led Me To The World
Bill Barclay
Yael Bat-Shimon
Allysen Callery
Allison Crowe
Ken Field
Peter Thörn and Jim Goodin
Allyssa Jones
Dennis Moser
Celia Slattery
Michael Winograd Klezmer Ensemble

I hope that you enjoy this album and please give generously to help support Partners In Health.

Thank you,

Randy Winchester
Nave Gallery
Somerville, Massachusetts, USA
January 31, 2010

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Image credit: Photos of Haiti, Digital Library of the Caribbean, University of Florida Digital Library Center, cc by-nc-sa 2006. Remixed by V. Van Sant, cc by-nc-sa 2010. Link to original photo:

Jason Anderson + Friends at The Nave

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

28 August 2009, 7:30pm:  Jason Anderson + Friends at The Nave

FREE!!!  (donations accepted to support The Nave)

An intimate evening of music, community and friendship.
The first set will be a collaborative, in-the-round, song share featuring some of the nicest, most talented folks in the northeast seacoast area, including Nave favorite Gregg Porter, Guy Capecelatro III, Djim Reynolds and Juliet Nelson.  After a short break, Jason will play the second set: a group sing along for everyone in attendance. Come ready to smile, to sing, to make some new friends, and to remember just how special–and intimate–live folk music can be.

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Brown Bird

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

The last several weeks have been very busy for me as I edit and release material that I’ve had in the can for a few months.  I recently got the set list from singer / songwriter Dave Lamb for a performance of his group Brown Bird when they performed at The Nave in November 2008.  If you like a mix of country and folk with a little beat, this is for you.  The carefully crafted tunes can stick in your head for quite awhile.  Much of this is pretty upbeat happy sounding music, but some of it has a rather dramatic dark side too.  Brown Bird has a lot of fans in the Boston area who turned out to hear them that night, and now that they’re on Jamendo, everyone who couldn’t make it to the show can have a chance to hear them too.  Enjoy!

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Two new albums from our amazing 2009 Valentine’s Day Show

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009

We had three bands in the lineup for our 2009 Valentine’s Day show, and two recorded albums for us to put on Jamendo.  Here’s some music from some new upcoming and very talented performers.  Tim Showalter and Audrey Ryan are writing singing some of the most memorable new songs.

Strand of Oaks is Timothy Showalter, an Indiana Mennonite turned Pennsylvania Hebrew Dayschool teacher who even drives the school bus for extra cash (and has sing-alongs with the pupils as they ease on down the road). Taking cues from such luminaries as Neil Young (On the Beach era) and a burgeoning Springsteen, Showalter extends his musical gesture and searches to find modesty in the midst of confusion, addressing insecurities and settling existential debt with a simple and beautiful delivery. The personification of a Midwestern Grandfather’s advice, his songs smack with hard truth and poignant severity, from child-like naivete to heart worn wisdom… sparse guitar, hammond, rhodes and wooden instruments support an atmosphere that is tender and raw, at times uncomfortable, shockingly candid, and unforgettable.

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And here’s one blogger’s review of Strand of Oaks:

Maine native Audrey Ryan performs solo shows with instruments that include an electric Japanese axe, a vintage Gibson acoustic, a retro 80’s era Casio keyboard, and of course, an accordion. Surrounded by a cacophony of musical influences from an early age, this talented musician was inspired to begin playing guitar at the ten and experimented with different genres throughout college. After graduating, Ryan started a band and has been performing and touring ever since.

“Ryan is an intriguing new singer….She is a jazz-pop artist whose influences would appear to range from Joni Mitchell to Edie Brickell. And she has a high-pitched voice with original phrasing and backup that includes her own impressively syncopated work on electric, acoustic, and classical guitars, as well as her standout violin lines, which lift a song when you least expect it… Ryan has a literary sensibility, writing about the isolation of the computer age, overbearing friends, and the nostalgia of childhood.” -Boston Globe (Steve Morse)

It should be noted that Audrey performs all instruments and sings all tracks live with the help of some electronics.

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New Photos from the Last Nave Show

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

These photos are from the spectacular Metal & Glass Ensemble show at The Nave on June 19, 2009.

From L to R:  Grant Smith, Thadd, Comstock, Heather Townsend, Jane Wang.

From L to R:  Grant Smith, Thadd, Comstock, Kathryn Schulmeister.

From L to R:  Jane Wang, Randy Winchester, Philip Lampe, Peter Warren.

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Wanna dance?

Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

Wow!  Who wouldda thunk it?  Of all places for an Interglactic dance party.  It’s under an urban highway!  This is ARTSomerville’s annual outdoor dance party with lots of art, music, video and lighting action!  If you live anywhere within 100 parsecs of Somerville, MA, set your heading for McGrath Highway and Washington St., and warp speed yourself over this way!  You don’t want to miss this epic event!

Project MUM 2009

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More shows from The Nave on Jamendo

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

It has been a busy couple of weeks as I go though my backlog and ready some of the recordings I still have in the can.  At the same time, I’m working my way backwards from some of the recent ones.  Here are a couple of the highlights, in no particular order, that show off the wide variety of performances that we have at The Nave.

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is a Boston- and Providence-based ensemble of eight singers devoted to performing sacred a capella vocal music of the 14th – 17th  centuries.  This is a great performance of some little heard vocal music.  It has already received three 5 star reviews in the very short time it has been on Jamendo.

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What the heck is Grizzler anyway?  Good question!  Grizzler is an improvisation group with a rotating membership.  The music is about as freewheeling as you can possibly get.  What is interesting about seeing Grizzler live for the first time is how well organized and disciplined they are and how well they play together.  Yes, the “noiseconsortium soundbomb” tags on this album are most fitting.  I can reasonably guarantee that it is unlike anything you’ve ever heard.