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Brian O'Neill

While I'm a percussionist these days, I originally studied classical piano. I put in a good 11 years, all the way through through high school. I also sung for many years in the world-famous Phoenix Boys Choir. At age 13, I started playing drums and percussion and about nine years later, I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Percussion Studies from Northern Arizona University (thanks Steve). In 1999, I moved to Boston and have been freelancing as a drummer/percussionist ever since.

Musicians these days often wonder what my "main thing" is. I believe that my strongest characteristic as a musician lies in my diversity; I study and perform a variety of musical styles (orchestral, jazz, mexican folk, exotica, brazilian, middle-eastern, flamenco) on an equally-wide range of instruments

NEWS: RECORDING

Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica Travels to a Future Moment Where American Music is as Exotic as its Past: Where Here Meets There to be released November 19, 2013 on CD and Audiophile Vinyl

Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica Travels to a Future Moment Where American Music is as Exotic as its Past: Where Here Meets There to be released November 19, 2013 on CD and Audiophile Vinyl

"...deliciously demented and entertaining in equal parts." —Wall Street Journal From the moment you see the album cover of Where Here Meets There by Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica, you step into an era that never existed. That’s because the album draws from the past and the future, from nearby and faraway. The musical adventurism of the 1950s ...

Third River Rangoon

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2011
Track listing: Third River Rangoon; Thor's Arrival; Maika: Colorado Waltz; Arab Dance; Phoenix, Goodbye; Terre Exotique; Autumn Digging Dance; Moai Thief; Lonesome Aku of Alewife; Lyman '59.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica: Third River Rangoon

Read "Third River Rangoon" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

La grafica di copertina, il nome del gruppo, il titolo dell'album e quello dei brani indirizzano senza esitazione verso la cosiddetta lounge music. Musica che non impegna la mente, che ti accarezza leggera come brezza che arriva dal mare mentre si conversa con gli amici gustando cocktails dal nome esotico... Ed in effetti Third River Rangoon ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica: Third River Rangoon

Read "Third River Rangoon" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

The “Mr. Ho" of Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica is vibraphonist Brian O'Neil, who has put together a vibraphone quartet, also featuring flute, percussion and bass, for Third River Rangoon. The music, dubbed “exotica," drifts back and forth across the less than distinct border between third stream chamber jazz and classical, with hints of world music influenced by ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Geni Skendo: Breaking Free

Read "Geni Skendo: Breaking Free" reviewed by Gordon Marshall

Flautist and shakuhachi master Geni Skendo does not genre-mash so much as genre-crash, like a late-night interloper joining a lame party and livening it up with exotic sound. It's miraculous, this color he brings to anything, given the drab Iron Curtain he exited under on his flight from his native Albania, traveling to Boston, Massachusetts to ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Mr. Ho's Orchestrotical! Performs at Club Passim in Cambridge on Sunday, January 30

Mr. Ho's Orchestrotical! Performs at Club Passim in Cambridge on Sunday, January 30

Mr. Ho's Orchestrotical! led by Boston percussionist Brian O'Neill, is performing at Club Passim in Harvard Square, Cambridge, on Sunday, January 30, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. Tickets to the show are $12 and can be ordered online. The 21-piece big band, created by Mr. O'Neill, is devoted to the “space age bachelor pad" sounds of Juan ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Mr Ho's Orchestrotica: Endless Bachelor Party

Read "Mr Ho's Orchestrotica: Endless Bachelor Party" reviewed by Gordon Marshall

Led by pianist and multi-percussionist Brian O'Neill, Mr Ho's Orchestrotica plays the kind of music you can listen to with your mother. She'll love the '50s atmosphere of The Unforgettable Sounds of Esquivel (Exotica For Modern Living, 2010)--while you'll pick up all the left-of-center global hints--and she won't even know it's good for her! It's good, ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Mr Ho's Orchestrotica's Brian O'Neill Interviewed at All About Jazz

Mr Ho's Orchestrotica's Brian O'Neill Interviewed at All About Jazz

Led by pianist and multi-percussionist Brian O'Neill, Mr Ho's Orchestrotica plays the kind of music you can listen to with your mother. She'll love the '50s atmosphere of The Unforgettable Sounds of Esquivel (Exotica For Modern Living, 2010)—while you'll pick up all the left-of-center global hints—and she won't even know it's good for her! It's good, ...


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