The World Has Changed (Thanks Coronavirus!)
Musicians and the performing arts community have been devastated by Covid-19. I recently wrote about this on Medium to my colleagues in the jazz, classical and theatre space to try to voice some of our concerns, and also find a path forward. One of the things I have done is to launch a new online concert and event series called Remotely Music as a new offering from my group, Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica. For now, this is where most of my time will be dedicated with music, until live shows return. I hope you'll join us, and if you feel like supporting us, your sponsorship is appreciated.
As for real-world, live gigs where you see me out and about? Well, any/all dates below are still on my calendar, but I anticipate most concerts for 2020 will be cancelled and removed from the listing below. We will see! Join my mailing list to stay updated and hope to see you at a Remotely Music session soon.
Brian O’Neill is a versatile multi-percussionist, drummer and composer based in Boston who has performed at The Montreal Jazz Festival, The Kennedy Center, and Carnegie Hall among others. A “percussion master and musical polymath” (Boston Phoenix), Brian performs regularly in a wide variety of musical contexts including jazz, classical, world music, and theatre. In addition to freelancing, he leads Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica, which performs original global jazz and chamber music as well as the lost music of Esquivel (“deliciously entertaining”Wall Street Journal). Brian also performs frequently with North Shore Music Theatre, Portland Symphony, Albany Symphony, and Boston Modern Orchestra Project. He has also played percussion for internationally known artists including Kristin Chenoweth, Donna Summer, and the US tours of Motown the Musical and Anastasia. In 2020, he launched a new online music initiative in response to the Coronavirus called the Remotely Music Series. Follow Brian at crashandboom.com or on Twitter/Instagram (@orchestrotica).