Posts Tagged ‘orchestral’

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 http://orchestrotica.com/show.cfm?gig=238

$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

Preview/Download Free MP3s at http://orchestrotica.com/show.cfm?gig=238 or http://bit.ly/R9STyH

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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