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"…Percussion master and musical polymath…"—Boston Phoenix

"…Brian's not just a great musician; he's also a first-rate composer."—Huffington Post

Brian with tambourines. by Robin Holland

Brian on vibes. by Yves Renaud

Press Quotes

"ridiculously talented"Huffington Post

"…incredible musicianship…"Downbeat

"… the unnoticed spice-man who supplied the real flavor [and an] infectious sense of mischief and joy."—The Millbrook Independent

"…positively mesmerizing, and more than occasionally tranquilizing."—The Brooklyn Rail

"…may be, in the long run, a better exoticist than [John] Zorn…"—AllAboutJazz

"I just wanted to thank you again for the amazing seminar at UML. I know that you made a huge impact on the students and I did not even have to ask them, I could just feel it. (Of course many of them came up and told me how great it was!) It was not only your musicianship and interesting musical concepts, it was the way you presented everything with an obvious passion and contagious energy."—Jeff Fischer, percussion instructor University of Massachusetts Lowell

Brian on vibes. by Robin Holland

Orange press photos by Robin Holland.

Concert Calendar

My various bands and ensembles...

Wed, 12/4/19 @ 7:30 PM The Why - chamber jazz - with Bert Seager……more Cambridge, MA
Thu, 12/5/19 @ 7:00 PM The Why - chamber jazz - with Bert Seager……more Ipswich, MA
Sun, 12/8/19 @ 3:00 PM Percussion with the Irish Tenors "We Three……more Lowell, MA
Sun, 12/15/19 @ 7:30 PM Klezwoods returns to Atwoods for a holiday……more Cambridge, MA
Fri, 12/20/19 @ 7:30 PM Irish Xmas with Ishna (celtic)…more Peterborough, NH
Sat, 2/29/20 @ 6:30 PM Private Klezwoods Event…more Needham, MA

Complete show calendar

About Brian

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 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. Follow Brian at or on Twitter/Instagram (@orchestrotica).

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