Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica

Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica

 Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
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Referencing the exotica of Martin Denny, Milt Raskin, Tchaikovsky, & Shostakovich among others, Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica 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.

Biography

"...deliciously demented and entertaining in equal parts..." – The Wall Street Journal

ABOUT THE QUARTET:

"...may be one of the most inventive jazz groups running.."–BlogCritics (I Hear Sparks)

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) with bass flute/woodwinds (Geni Skendo), percussion (Noriko Terada), and acoustic bass (Jason Davis). While the Orchestrotica borrows some of mid-century exotica's sounds and instruments, the group mainly focuses on recreating the "escapism" that made it popular through new compositions and reinterpreting classical works with global sounds and improvisation.

The quartet’s debut CD, Third River Rangoon, ("...serious jazz and chamber music writing..."–Boston Herald) is part of the group's "Exotica for Modern Living" series, which started in November 2010 with the release of the group's big band CD. (see below)

ABOUT THE BIG BAND:

"2011 Rising Star Big Band" - DOWNBEAT

For special events, Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica swells to a 21-piece ensemble performing the space-age bachelor pad big band music of Juan Garcia Esquivel. Transcribed by ear and edited from the original recordings by Mr. Ho, this group is the only band on the planet who performs Esquivel's unique arrangements of mid-century jazz, dance, and pop music. This is the only group on the planet with a library of Esquivel's music.

PRESS/NOTABLES:
Signed STARBUCKS licensing deal in 2011 for background music play. (via PlayNetwork.com)

“...incredible musicianship...” – Downbeat

“4 stars...exquisite attention to details...” – The Sunday Times London

“...a marvelously flexible unit...” – The Boston Globe

“...O'Neill may be in the long run, a stronger exoticist than John Zorn.” – AllAboutJazz

Discography

Presenting "Exotica for Modern Living" - a new music series starting with 2 albums:

1) November 16, 2010: "The Unforgettable Sounds of Esquivel" (23pc big band tribute to Juan Garcia Esquivel, the king of space-age pop)

2) May 31, 2011: "Third River Rangoon" - exotica quartet presenting original third-stream exotica

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Set List

The Quartet:

Up to 3 hrs of original exotica music including jazz, classical works re-imagined, and global sounds.

The Big Band:

A 75-90min set of Esquivel's best space-age pop arrangements of standards such as Harlem Nocturne, Frenesi, Let's Dance, Sentimental Journey, and others.