Winter News from Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica
Feb 24, 2014
We have been quiet since the CD release last November, but it’s not because nothing is going on!
In this newsletter:
US State Dept + Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica?
Each year, the US State Dept. sponsors a program called American Music Abroad run by American Voices. This group selects 10 finalist ensembles to tour abroad and engage in cultural diplomacy over a 30 day period (usually in multiple countries). Our quintet was selected for the final audition round on March 7th in NYC. We’re honored to get this far in the process and hope to take our quintet’s sound abroad. One of the fun tasks is taking one of the three assigned folk tunes from abroad and arranging them in our style; hardly homework for us since we already do this regularly. We chose a tune called Kyiylyp Turam from Kyrgyzstan and are having fun Orchestroticizing it. Please wish us luck! ;-)
AnalogPlanet/Michael Fremer Reviews LP!
Earlier this year, Michael Fremer (a senior editor at
During this time of the year, we’re usually working heavily on bookings for Summer and the following season Sept->May. We will probably head out with the quintet in the east coast again this Summer for our annual Exotic Sounds of Summer tour and hopefully have news about a west-coast visit in early 2015. As always, we welcome ideas if you want to help promote or host a concert in your area. Just hit reply.
Asian Distribution of our Albums?
We are happy to report some interest in distributing our music in Asia (the LP and CDs). Last week, we shipped out our first copy to Philippines (thanks Rey!) and are excited that there is interest in the far east in our music. Stay tuned for more news; in the meantime, you can still buy our music and have it shipped anywhere in the world. Our free shipping link/offer ends soon too so visit the store to browser our albums, T-shirts, and posters. Lots more photos of all of our products are now available too.
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Above: Mr. Ho and Michael Fremer have a vinyl listening hang. (Michael is the man behind