||Third River Rangoon CD (2011) |
Geni Skendo albums This recording is the second disc in the band's series, Exotica for Modern Living. Referencing the exotica of Martin Denny, Milt Raskin, Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich among others, Mr. Ho's Orchestrotica-as a vibraphone quartet-presents an original third-stream collection of updated jazz, chamber, and world music reaching towards the South Pacific via Asia, the Middle East, the Balkans, and Latin America. Led by multi-percussionist, vibraphonist and composer Brian O'Neill (Mr. Ho) with bass flute/woodwinds (Geni Skendo), percussion (Noriko Terada), and acoustic bass (Jason Davis).
Originally a mixture of jazz, latin, polynesian, and exotic sounds once popular in the 1950s and 1960s, exotica music became the lounge music of choice for armchair travelers, hi-fi lovers, cocktail-party hosts, and anyone else obsessed with modern living, polynesian-pop culture, and [sometimes imaginary] far-away places. It is this concept of "escapism" that is at the core of the group's sound, a modernization of the original exotica genre.
While the Orchestrotica does perform classics by the original artists of the style-Martin Denny, Arthur Lyman, Les Baxter, Milt Raskin, and Cal Tjader-the group focuses on original music written by Mr. Ho.
Recording information: Futura Productions, Roslindale, MA.
Personnel: Geni Skendo (bass flute); Brian O'Neill (vibraphone, bodhran, pandeiro); Noriko Terada (percussion).
Audio Mixer: Ducky Carlisle.
||Kif Express CD (2008)
Geni Skendo CD discography Maniacal and brilliant, double neck fretted and fretless guitarist David "Fuze" Fiuczynski releases "KiF Express", a follow up to his ground-breaking 2001 release "Kif". A deeper look into the other-worldly sounds of this lauded and completely original p
Recording information: Brooklyn Recordings; Cold Spring Farm; Cold Spring Fram; Jenkadelic HQ; Studio A, Berklee College Of Music; Warrior Recordings.
Personnel: David Fiuczynski (guitar, programming); Geni Skendo (shakuhachi); Nikolay Moiseenko (alto saxophone); Steve Jenkins (bass instrument); Michael Rivard (upright bass); Skoota Warner, Bertram Lehmann (drums); Daniel Sadownick (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Aaron Renner; Randy Roos.