Mr Hos Orchestrotica

Mr Hos Orchestrotica

Led by “percussion master and polymath” artistic director, Brian O’Neill (“a first-rate composer”-Huffington Post) w/ Geni Skendo (bass flute, flute), Jason Davis (bass, Earthsounds, Ten Tumbao), & Shane Shanahan (percussion, Yo-Yo Ma/Silk Road Ensemble.)

Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica–one of the “most inventive jazz groups running” (BlogCritics)–announces its Summer 2013 tour, full of global jazz and exotic chamber music.

While not a lounge or easy-listening group, the band uses the escapism of the mid-century genre “exotica” as a jumping-off point for inspirations in its original music, which is written by O’Neill (“a first-rate composer”-Huffington Post). The group also reinterprets artistssuch as Gershwin, De Falla, Tchaikovksy, Bach, and others, often covering their works in usual ways such as Gershwin’s 3 Piano Preludes which they mash up with Brazilian baião, a visit from the Siamese cats in Lady in the Tramp, free jazz, and the clustered harmonies of Bulgarian women’s choirs.They’re wild original, “Would You Like Bongos With That Fugue?,” is an homage to Bach and reworks one of the master’s violin fugues and organ toccatas with Balkan rhythms and improv.

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 quartet—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), and acoustic bass (Jason Davis). The quartet focuses on original music written by O’Neill that is highly influenced by his fifteen-year career as a multi-percussionist in symphony orchestras, jazz groups, and world music ensembles. The Orchestrotica was named the 2012 “Best World Music Act” in the Boston Phoenix’s annual readers’ poll.

For further details click here

Mr Hos Orchestrotica
Event Category: Live Music
When: July 20, 2013
Time: 9:00pm
Where: Somethin’ Jazz Club
Cost: $15
More Info: http://orchestrotica.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/orchestrotica
Twitter: https://twitter.com/orchestrotica


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