Welcome to my home on the internet

I live in New York City and I play, write, arrange, and produce music for myself and lots of other people. I spend quite a bit of time in Austin, Texas, and travel around the country with various groups. I've contributed performances, compositions, and arrangements to recordings by bands like Snarky Puppy, Okkervil River, Bill Laurance, Nelo, and many more. My band is Progger.
Drop me a line at briandonohoemusic@gmail.com

Thursday, April 30, 2015

2015 thus far

I'll admit that I've been pretty lax about updating my personal website! But there's been a lot of activity on a lot of fronts since my last post. Progger has a new site, for starters, as well as some awesome new music in the works. Our session in December at Orb Studios in Austin was a success, and those tracks will constitute the first half of a two-part album that will be finished in New York this summer. This will be the first recording that brings the two "editions" of Progger-- Austin and New York City-- together, although there have already been several shows and tours to that effect. I feel pretty insanely grateful to have crews of musicians in both cities who work so well together and with this music. I'm very excited to see what the future holds, and I'm tremendously looking forward to unleashing some of these beastly players on cities throughout the country over the coming months.

The NYC edition of the band just had a really great show at Drom in New York City's East Village, and our next show is at Fontana's on May 29. There will be many more summer dates announced soon, though, including lots of new places we've never played before.

In addition to activities in Proggervania, I've had the good fortune to work with some other beautiful musical entities such as the MK Groove Orchestra and Sly5thAve's Club Casa Chamber Orchestra. The community of creative, progressive musicians in New York City is incredible, despite skyrocketing rent and all the challenges inherent in living in a city of this size and density. My friends and musical companions here are incredible, and I'm extremely grateful to them for making my almost-two-years here the best period of my life so far, both personally and creatively.

HashtagBlessed.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Year wrapping up, new creative projects for the coming year

The remainder of 2014 has been a continuous, awesome, sometimes bizarre adventure. Since my last update:

•I officiated the wedding of two of my close friends. It was really cool and intensely emotional. Aw.
Progger played some thoroughly enjoyable shows, notably with the incredible new musical entity called Knower, and has been working on music for a recording session at the end of this month.
•I took part in a performance by the brilliant songwriter Kate Kay Es at Rockwood Music Hall, and it was a beautiful experience.
•I got to know two awesome new dogs in my life: my parents' wee terrier, Callie (who is actually an Ewok), and my new dingo-looking buddy Paolo in Austin. I am dog sitting Paolo right now and he is my homey. We walk a lot.
•I decided to spend the month of December in Austin in order to develop new music with the original Progger crew, record it with audio and video crew, to reconnect with my Texas musical family and friends, and to get out of the cold temporarily. The weather has been incredible.

This year has been challenging, eventful, busy, and overall extremely good. The coming year looks like it will present some interesting and rewarding new paths to Progger, and, in addition to the adventures with my band, I look forward to playing with some of the fantastic new artists I've met over the past months. Unsurprisingly, the cultural environment of New York is energetic beyond any other city I've gotten to know. I'm thoroughly enjoying the continuing effort to bridge the cultures of New York and Austin, and to be able to physically spend time in each of those cities to a large degree. With luck, I'll be passing through many cities in between during 2015 while working out some new sounds and compositions.

Progger is going into the studio on December 30 to record some new music, but also to capture as much of the process as we can on video. My brilliant friend Andy LaViolette, the videographer responsible for all of Snarky Puppy's viral hits, will be shooting video for us, and I'm really looking forward to seeing the results.

Most importantly, 2014 sent some beautiful and brilliant new friends my way. If I were to encounter half as many in 2015 I'd still be extraordinarily lucky. New friends and old friends make life good.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Progger, Knower, fall, winter, souped-up Civics

The last few months have felt like they've blitzed by like a souped-up Civic that isn't even street-legal any more. Freelance gigs, Progger travels, living life in New York, and working on new music has been a very enjoyable way to feel completely swamped. But I feel very grateful for all the beautiful human beings, musician or otherwise, who I've gotten to work with and otherwise spend time with over the summer. I'm looking forward to taking a couple weeks to relax here in New York as well as in the Northwest with my family, and I'll hopefully be cranking out some new ideas for musical projects that will be taking shape over the next few months.

After the earthshakingly epic shenanigans with the Funky Knuckles in July and August, it was a serious pleasure to get to do a show with one of my favorite saxophonists, writers, and overall musicians on the scene right now, Troy Roberts. His group is fantastic, his albums are fantastic, and holy crap can he play his instrument. I very much hope we get to do more of those!

My good buddies from Austin, Mente Clara, came up for a few shows, and it was great to reunite with those rascals as well. Plus I got to play at Owen Summers' high school. Witnessing the origins of such a mastodon-like presence on the Austin music scene was a blessing indeed. Also, Poughkeepsie is a trip of a town.

There's some very exciting Progger activity coming up soon! Next is a show that I'm insanely excited about: we're playing with one of my favorite bands on earth, Knower, at One2One on November 1. That will serve as a prelude to a super-sweet December of lots of shows in Texas and the South. Here's everything coming up for my public shows:

CALENDAR

November 1, 2014: Progger and Knower at One2One, Austin, TX
November 5, 2014: Progger (north) at Shrine, Harlem, New York, NY
December 5, 2014: Progger at FlattFest, Austin, TX
December 9, 2014: Progger at RBC, Dallas, TX
December 10, 2014: Progger residency at One2One, Austin, TX
December 17, 2014: Progger residency at One2One, Austin, TX
December 31, 2014: Progger residency at One2One, Austin, TX