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, May 7, 2015

New Progger video, "Transit," is live on the YouTubes

The first in a series of new Progger tunes and videos is now alive in the magical land of YouTube! Check it out:

On December 30, 2014, the original Austin, Texas edition of Progger, with the new addition of Sean Giddings on keys, went into beautiful Orb Studios in southwest Austin. We spent the day recording three new tunes and had our dear friend, cinema genius Andy LaViolette, shoot a bunch of video. Our friend Ben Bohorquez (from the Funky Knuckles) was slinging a mean camera that day, too, and the results are pretty cool! We're excited with how the music came out, and we're grateful to Andy and Ben for making the whole process look cool.

I hope you enjoy it! If you do, kindly give it a "share" of some kind, you have no idea how much that helps. Or maybe you do. It helps a lot.

"Transit" features Daniel Watson on drums, Nick Clark on synth bass (Moog Little Phatty all day long), Carter Arrington and Matt Muehling on soaring epic guitars, Paul Deemer on trombone and percussion (rock that tambo Pablo), Sean Giddings on keys, and lil' old me on tenor saxophone and keys/synths.

The New York City edition of Progger (plus some of the Texas crew) will be going into Bunker Studio in Brooklyn this August to record the second half of this new recording. I've never done anything like this before-- two versions of the same band on one record-- but I love both the North and South incarnations of Progger dearly right now and I'm excited to release something that features everyone. The NYC crew is playing at Fontana's Bar as a part of CEG's summer FunkFest on May 29, and we'll be bringing lots of new material from this project. Can't farkin wait!

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.


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.