Brian O’Neill: eclectic percussionist, drummer, composer (Boston, MA)

Brian O’Neill: percussionist, drummer, vibraphonist, composer

"…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

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Boston Phoenix logo Winner: 2012 Music Poll - Best World Music Act (Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica)

Huffington Post"ridiculously talented"

Downbeat"…incredible musicianship…"

"…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

Latest newsletter

Mamma Mia (musical) @ NSMT through August 26 + more music news fr…Aug 16, 2018

Brian on vibes. by Robin Holland

Orange press photos by Robin Holland.

All Other Concerts (22)

My various bands and ensembles...

Sat, 9/22/18 @ 6:30 PM Music Mountain chamber music series has a……more Falls Village, CT
Sat, 10/13/18 @ 7:30 PM Klezwoods 5th annual Klezmer Festival @ the……more Cambridge, MA
Thu, 10/18/18 @ 7:00 PM The Why is a chamber jazz group lead by……more Ipswich, MA
Tue, 10/30/18 @ 7:30 PM Percussion for Hairspray the musical.…more Beverly, MA
Wed, 10/31/18 @ 2:00 PM Percussion for Hairspray the musical.…more Beverly, MA
Wed, 10/31/18 @ 7:30 PM Percussion for Hairspray the musical.…more Beverly, MA
Thu, 11/1/18 @ 7:30 PM Percussion for Hairspray the musical.…more Beverly, MA
Fri, 11/2/18 @ 8:00 PM Percussion for Hairspray the musical.…more Beverly, MA
Sat, 11/3/18 @ 2:00 PM Percussion for Hairspray the musical.…more Beverly, MA
Sat, 11/3/18 @ 8:00 PM Percussion for Hairspray the musical.…more Beverly, MA
Sun, 11/4/18 @ 2:00 PM Percussion for Hairspray the musical.…more Beverly, MA
Tue, 11/6/18 @ 7:30 PM Percussion for Hairspray the musical.…more Beverly, MA
Wed, 11/7/18 @ 2:00 PM Percussion for Hairspray the musical.…more Beverly, MA
Wed, 11/7/18 @ 7:30 PM Percussion for Hairspray the musical.…more Beverly, MA
Thu, 11/8/18 @ 7:30 PM Percussion for Hairspray the musical.…more Beverly, MA
Fri, 11/9/18 @ 8:00 PM Percussion for Hairspray the musical.…more Beverly, MA
Sat, 11/10/18 @ 2:00 PM Percussion for Hairspray the musical.…more Beverly, MA
Sat, 11/10/18 @ 8:00 PM Percussion for Hairspray the musical.…more Beverly, MA
Sun, 11/11/18 @ 2:00 PM Percussion for Hairspray the musical.…more Beverly, MA
Sat, 12/8/18 @ 7:30 PM ‘Holiday Pops, An Irish Christmas’ featuring……more Nashua, NH
Sun, 12/9/18 @ 3:00 PM ‘Holiday Pops, An Irish Christmas’ featuring……more Concord, NH
Sat, 8/24/19 @ 1:00 PM Marlborough, MA

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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 has also performed with Portland Symphony, Albany Symphony, Boston Modern Orchestra, Kristin Chenoweth, Donna Summer, the national tour of Motown the Musical, and is regularly heard at North Shore Music Theatre. Follow Brian at crashandboom.com or on Twitter/Instagram (@orchestrotica).

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