Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents
Global Jazz & Exotic Chamber Music
With Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica Quintet
February 25 at Venice Performing Arts Center
Ready for something completely different?
This multi-textured program features a mix of jazz, classical and world music flavored with sounds and instruments from Asia, the Middle East, the Balkans, and Latin America.
"A perfect cocktail of jazz, classical, and world music."
--The Boston Globe
-- The Wall Street Journal
“No other band on the planet sounds anything remotely like Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica.”
(Sarasota-Manatee) Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota presents “Global Jazz and Exotic Chamber Music” with the Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica Quintet, Sunday, February 25, 3:00 p.m., at Venice Performing Arts Center, 1 Indian Avenue, Venice. The program features a mix of jazz, classical and world music flavored with sounds and instruments sourced from Asia, the Middle East, the Balkans, and Latin America. Tickets are $30-$45. For tickets and more information, visit www.artistseriesconcerts.org or call 941-306-1202 (Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.).
Referencing the exotica of composers ranging from Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich to George Gershwin, Martin Denny, and John Adams, Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica Quintet performs global jazz and exotic chamber music laced with world music flavors sourced from Asia, the Middle East, the Balkans, and Latin America. In the same way a chef de cuisine runs a kitchen, Orchestrotica leader, vibraphonist and percussionist Brian O’Neill leads his quintet through deft collaborations on instruments both foreign and domestic, to form modernist delicacies that the Wall Street Journal has hailed as “deliciously entertaining.” Employing traditional instruments as well as such lesser known ones as the oud, tanbur, bass flute and resonator guitar, the quintet focuses on original music written by O'Neill, who the Huffington Post has called "a first-rate composer," as well as re-imaginings of beloved classic works. The group also features bass flute/woodwinds (Geni Skendo), percussion (Jeremy Smith), acoustic bass (Brad Barrett), and oud/tanbur/resonator guitar (Tev Stevig).