Fri, May 09 - Jazz/Chamber: News Release for Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica @ The Regatta Bar (Cambridge)
Apr 23, 2014
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"Subjects of Interpretation" - Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica presents new, eccentric interpretations of music from Central Asia, Georgia, and right over there.
Brian O’Neill’s acclaimed quintet returns to the Regatta Bar May 9th debuting a quadruple-vibraphonist version of Georgian chant, a jazz-drenched folk song from Kyrgyzstan, and more.
Fri, 9 May 2014 at 7:30 PM
The global jazz and exotic chamber music quintet version of Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica ("anything but straightforward"-
Washington Post) returns to the Regatta Bar for its Spring Concert entitled, "Subjects of Interpretation."
The band’s first concert of 2014 and will feature special guest Jeremy Smith (NYC) on percussion, new ancient chant music from Georgia arranged for 4 vibraphonists, an exotic interpretation of a folk song from Kyrgyzstan, and selections from it’s Nov. 2013 acclaimed LP/CD album,
Where Here Meets There ("wonderful"
O’Neill’s quintet is unusual in that it interprets both notated and improvised/jazz music, with a heavy focus on unusual interpretations of songs and compositions ranging from folk melodies to classical symphonies. Artistic Director and "percussion master" Brian O’Neill says, "I felt that the title of this concert–Subjects of Interpretation–reflects my approach for the group’s compositions and arrangements well. I pull from a wide range of sources in terms of selecting what non-original music we will perform, but ironically, the arrangements I usually give the band for these ’covers’ are very specific and exacting."
The group (vibes, percussion, bass flute/flute/shakuhachi, upright bass, oud/tanbur/resonator guitar) will be debuting a chant from Georgia entitled, "Shen Khar Venakhi" arranged for four of the band’s musicians on bowed vibraphone along with bass flute (Geni Skendo). O’Neill continues, "I first heard this music performed by a female a cappella group in NYC called Accord Treble Choir and fell in love with the melody immediately. I wondered how our own group could interpret such a song given the nature of our instrumentation and so the idea to use bowed vibraphone as vocal substitutes seemed intriguing." The group will also debut a jazz interpretation of a folk song from Kyrgyzstan called "Kyiylyp Turam," part of their audition criteria for the US State Dept.’s American Music Abroad program. (The quintet was selected to audition as a finalist for the 2014/2015 program.)
Rounding out the concert will be selections from
Where Here Meets There, their latest album released in November 2013. The 12" audiophile LP format in particular has received much acclaim including "9/10" scores for Music and Sound quality from the esteemed audiophile blog,
Analog Planet (Michael Fremer). "It’s over way too fast."
About the Band:
"2012 Best World Music Act"—Boston Phoenix
Referencing the exotica of composers ranging from Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich to George Gershwin, Martin Denny, and John Adams, Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica—as a vibraphone quintet—performs global jazz and exotic chamber music with world-music flavors sourced from Asia, the Middle East, the Balkans, and Latin America. Led by multi-percussionist, vibraphonist and composer Brian O’Neill, the group also features bass flute/woodwinds (Geni Skendo), percussion (Shane Shanahan), acoustic bass (Brad Barrett), and oud/tanbur/resonator guitar (Tev Stevig). The quintet focuses on original music written by O’Neill ("a first-rate composer"—Huffington Post) that is highly influenced by his fifteen-year career as a multi-percussionist in symphony orchestras, jazz groups, and world music ensembles leading AllAboutJazz to say, "…if John Zorn is an exotica Picasso, O’Neill is his Georges-Braque counterpart in cubism’s transposition to music." The Orchestrotica was named the 2012 "Best World Music Act" in the Boston Phoenix’s annual readers’ poll.
In June 2011, they released their debut CD as a quartet, Third River Rangoon, which was described by the Boston Herald as “…serious jazz and chamber-music writing…” and cited as one of the Huffington Post’s Top 10 Albums for 2011. Their sophomore album, Where Here Meets There, was released in 2013, called “Wonderful!” by JazzWeekly, and named one of the Best Albums of 2013 by Panamerika. Both albums are part of the groups Exotica for Modern Living series, which began in 2010 with the big band’s debut recording, The Unforgettable Sounds of Esquivel. That album received “4 Stars” from the Sunday London Times and was called “incredible” by Downbeat. “No other band on the planet sounds anything remotely like Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica,” says Lucid Culture.
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