The Orchestrotica’s quintet was fantastic. It was great to see such a good turn out, and hope they’ll be back some time.Art Valdez Alvas Showroom, Los Angeles
We heard great things from the crowd and would be happy to have Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica back! Lee Frank Doc's Lab, San Francisco
Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica was the perfect choice to kick off our Eclectic Music Festival series. Our public library audience enjoyed an excellent performance and appreciated the insightful commentary Mr. O’Neill provided for each piece. Bravo!Chet Mulawka, Manager San Mateo County Library/San Carlos
The Orchestrotica’s quintet came as something of a surprise to our outdoor crowd seated in the grass, but by the time they finished, they had won over pretty much everyone there with their fascinating and original music!Gregory Jenkins, Director Somerville Arts Council
I recommend the big band on behalf of the Montreal Jazz Festival. We and our massive crowds loved both of their shows, and the big band was very easy to work with despite their large size. JazzIz loved their performance’ss "incredible precision and passion," and Michael Bourne personally told me he loved it as well. Marc-André Sarault Montreal Jazz Festival
Brian’s work to transcribe the lost arrangements of Esquivel by hand is nothing short of incredible. Their concert at our festival was fantastic, and I will keep recommending this wonderful project to my peers! Claudia Norman Mexico Now Festival NYC
About the Quintet
In the same way a chef de cuisine runs a kitchen, percussionist Brian O’Neill leads a team of five musical creators who deftly collaborate on instruments foreign and domestic to form modernist delicacies for hungry, curious listeners. From the high arts of jazz and chamber music to adaptations of mid-century exotica and pop art, the quintet version of Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica renders O’Neill’s original compositions and curious adaptions of Bach, Gershwin, Shostakovich and John Adams into cinematic, layered music for armchair travelers ready to journey off road.
“If John Zorn is an exotica Picasso, O'Neill is his Georges-Braque counterpart in cubism’s transposition to music.”AllAboutJazz
While the quintet eschews most of the musical forms, rhythms, and styles of the 1950s exotica sound that inspired O’Neill, it fully embraces the unique genre’s love of escapism, whether through deliberate, out-of-context use of global sounds or through jazz improvisation that doesn’t swing and deliberately imitates the rhythm of a skipping record. On the listener’s plate might be equal parts scratch and sniff, bongos with a fugue, and a cat fight at a piano recital. On the stage, the ensemble skillfully negotiates detailed compositions and arrangements of classical works while relying on listening and instinct to drive passionate improvisation.
“No other band on the planet sounds anything remotely like Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica.”Lucid Culture