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Where Here Meets There is not an exercise in nostalgia for Mr. Ho (Brian O'Neill), who isn’t pining for a bygone musical paradise. You may hear overtones of Les Baxter and Brian Wilson, but they’re ports of call, not destinations. There's innovation, as the Orchestrotica reinvents Gershwin and De Falla while channeling mid-century Exotica. Adherence to any musical stylebook is confining, and Mr. Ho & cohorts prefer redefining. Mr. Ho calls it "global jazz and exotic chamber music," which seems equally suitable for a fine-art gallery, concert stage, or tiki bar. The quartet has concocted a savory soul sauce whose ingredients include Stravinsky, Dizzy Gillespie, and Martin Denny. For seasoning there's Bach and backwards Balkan dance beats. Would you like bongos with that fugue? The inclusion of unusual instruments such as pandeiro, oud, bass cajon, and udu provide surprising colors and reinforce the genre-bending. It's a strange musical landscape for which Mr. Ho provides the GPS. Sit back and let him do the navigatingâ€”passport not required.
—Irwin Chusid, WFMU Radio
"A technicolor dreamscape of faraway places—welcome to the new age of Exotica."
FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR:
Somewhere in the middle, Here meets There. The Orchestrotica is always searching for that place: the one where Macedonians dance backward while Bach takes another chorus over his latest fugue. Now look over There: where two mischievous Disney cats dash across Gershwin’s piano, their paws igniting a blaze of free improvisation. To cool off, dive into the flip side of the record and you’ll find yourself right back Here, just a few miles from Chalco. And that’s where we’ll be, drumming up the next “maracatune” just for you.
—Mr. Ho (Brian O'Neill)
released November 19, 2013
Produced by Brian O’Neill and John Weston. Recorded and mixed by John Weston at Futura Productions (Roslindale, MA). Mastered by Mark Donahue at Soundmirror (Boston, MA). Vinyl mastering supervision by Brother Cleve. Lacquers cut by Scott Hull at Masterdisk (NYC). Artwork designed by Javier García. More about Brian O’Neill (artistic director & executive producer) at crashandboom.com
Special thanks to the O'Neill clan: Ronda, Larry, Fran, Bill, Alli, and especially Jennifer. Additional thanks to John Weston, Mike King, Joe Ranft, and Hal Ranft, and all of our PledgeMusic fans especially The Nuernberg Boys, Jack Fetterman, Gina Haase, Amit Segal, Dave Rasmussen, Kristin Chisesi, David Sparkman, Dr. Zarkov of Dr. Zarkov's Tiki Lounge on Radio Fairfax, and Irwin Chusid.