Who is Mr. Ho and What is His Orchestrotica?

Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica: standing, left to right, Brian O’Neill, Noriko Terada and Jason Davis; seated, Geni Skendo

With Sandy’s area of destruction “roughly the size of Europe” (according to Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano);  Greenwich Street–and much of lower Manhattan–still in darkness; the near drowning of Chelsea’s art galleries; the flooding of the 9/11 Museum (which is under construction);  and seemingly endless need to recover and rebuild, is this Saturday night a good time to go to Park Slope to listen to music?

I can’t answer that except to say that a performance by Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica under  normal circumstances (and normal is not a word usually applied to the “third stream exotica quartet”)  is an exhilarating experience.

Voted 2012 Best World Music Act in the Boston’s Phoenix’s poll, Mr. Ho’s “references the exotica of Martin Demy, Milt Raskin, Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, among others.”  The vibraphone quartet led by artistic director Mr. Ho (aka Brian O’Neill) “presents updated jazz, chamber, and world music from the South Pacific, the Bakans, the Middle East and Latin America.”

Mr Ho’s Orchestrotica will play at Barbes, 379 9th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn, on Saturday, November 3 and 8:00 pm.  Admission is $15.

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