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Recorded Nov. 2, 2012. An exotic arrangement of Tchaikovsky's Arabian Dance from the Nutcracker uses vibes, acoustic bass, bass flute, flute, percussion, and the unique addition of a taksim/solo on the appropriate Arabic instrument, the oud. Arr. by Brian O'Neill exclusively for Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica.
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 M. de Falla's Ritual Fire Dance and Gershwin's 3 Piano Preludes.
Top 10 Albums for 2011 - "O'Neill is not just a great musician; he's also a first-rate composer" -Huffington Post
Top 25 CDs for 2011-Lucid Culture
"A Perfect Cocktail"-Boston Globe