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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:

Metal & Glass Ensemble – Encore performance at The Nave

Monday, November 30th, 2009

I just finished up editing the recording of The Metal & Glass Ensemble’s CD release concert at The Nave on November 14, 2009.  This was a great night, a great audience, and a lot of fun!  The church’s big stained glass window, 80 years old, finally got it’s due and was restored to better than original condition.  What does this mean for the music?  Is it audible?  Yes!  Certainly!  You see, there were large gaps where the leading had buckled, the glass bowed out, and all the rude sounds from outside could be heard inside, and if you can hear them, they’re on the recording.  It’s now a lot quieter (and warmer!) in the church sanctuary where the performances are staged.

I’m really happy with the way this show and recording turned out!

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Somerville, MA Wins All-America City Award 2009 – 6.19.09

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

Just thought this was worth posting in this blog!  Somerville is a city that supports the arts, and as a result is a very creative, busy and entertaining place to live and work.  I have lived in a lot of towns, but Somerville is by far my favorite!

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