Brian O’Neill: percussionist, composer, pianist (NYC & Boston)

Discography

Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica's "Exotica for Modern Living Series"

Cover of Where Here Meets ThereWhere Here Meets There

November 19, 2013

The quartet's sophomore album re-imagines exotica as a modern genre blending jazz, chamber music, and global sounds. Artistic Director Brian O'Neill highlights his latest originals (Music From Here) and interesting arrangements of classical and popular works (Music From There) such as Manuel de Falla's "Ritual Fire Dance," and Gershwin's "3 Piano Preludes."
"…wonderful…"—Jazz Weekly

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Third River Rangoon

May 2011

The second CD in the Exotica for Modern Living series, this disc features a collection of my original music for vibraphone, bass flute, flute, percussion, oud, and acoustic bass with a few classic exotica coves too! This CD is available now as a reduced-price pre-order.
"Top 10 CDs for 2011"—Huffington Post

Cover of The Unforgettable Sounds of EsquivelThe Unforgettable Sounds of Esquivel

November 2010

My transcriptions of the space-age pop sounds of JG Esquivel are now available on a CD entitled, The Unforgettable Sounds of Esquivel. Recorded live by my 22-piece big band, the album pays tribute to Esquivel's unique musical personality and launched the Exotica for Modern Living series. "Top 10 CDs for 2011"—Huffington Post
"…incredible arrangements, musicianship and artistic direction…"—

Other Recordings

Klezwoods: Toy Monkey

Klezwoods is a Boston-based ensemble performing original music based on klezmer, jazz, balkan, and rock sounds.

In May of 2016, the group will release its third album, Toy Monkey. I tracked a huge variety of hand percussion on this, including doumbek, riq, tappan, and even the sounds of spaghetti westerns.

Cover of The Why album

Bert Seager: The Why (2014)

This sparkling new chamber-jazz group led by Bert Seager on piano features cello, upright bass, and hand percussion—soulful original melodies, rich harmonic song form and spontaneous improvisation. Featuring Catherine Bent on cello, Ehud Ettun on bass, and myself on a mixed hand-percussion setup (no ride cymbal!)

Also available on iTunes.

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David Wax Museum: Everything is Saved (2011)

David plays with me in La Tuza - his main project is the David Wax Museum, which blends Americana, Folk, and Rock with Mexican son. I played all the percussion on this record which adds a heavy world-beat element, including Brazilian rhythms like samba-reggae and baiao, to the use of tappan as a rock instrument. "Born With A Broken Heart" won the Boston Music Award's Best Song of the Year for 2011.

Cover for album Son del Otro Lado by La Tuza (2009)

Klezwoods: The 30th Meridian: From Cairo to St. Petersburg with Love

Klezwoods is a Boston-based ensemble performing original music based on klezmer, jazz, balkan, and rock sounds.

A sonic voyage traveling through the bustling markets of North Africa, the doner kebab stands in Turkey, and the crisp mornings of St. Petersburg, Russia.

Cover for album Son del Otro Lado by La Tuza (2009)

Klezwoods: Oy Yeah (2010)

Klezwoods is a Boston-based klezmer group I play percussion with occasionally.

From the opening bass, snare drum and accordion of "Ki Eshmera," the Boston-based Klezwoods deliver a beautifully structured and performed collection of traditional tunes on its debut, Oy Yeah!. The nine-piece band moves from haunting ballads to frenzied dance tunes with ease...

Cover for album Son del Otro Lado by La Tuza (2009)

La Tuza: Son del Otro Lado (2009)

I'm proud to announce the first full-length studio album from La Tuza. Releases of Son music are rare in the US, especially from predominantly non-hispanic groups like La Tuza. I recorded all of the percussion, piano, and vocals.

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Crazed Mugs: Find Forbidden Island (2011)

Hawaiian-pop style record from the men who spread aloha, The Crazed Mugs! I overdubbed some vibes and percussion tracks including pandeiro and bongos on a few of the more exotica sounding tracks.

Cover for album Rendezvous in Okonkuluku (2007)

Rendezvous in Okonkuluku (2007)

Cover for album Charred Mammal Flesh, Exotic Music for BBQ

Charred Mammal Flesh: Exotic Music for BBQ (2005)

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Paradise Lost and Found: Songs of Hawaii Old and New (2007) (FMM-R-144)

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