Virtual Summer Concert:

Bach’s organ triosonatas for one recorder player! Like last year, I’ve put together a virtual presentation for SoHIP’s summer concert series. The organ trio sonatas of J.S. Bach are intimate, thrilling, sublime, touching, and uplifting. While they are brilliantly polyphonic, they are ultimately conceived for just a single player to perform on the organ. The […]

Plague Music

For many of us, a particularly heartbreaking aspect of the shutdown situation is that we can’t make music together, and we won’t be able to again for some time. By now you’ve probably seen a variety of multi-track video efforts, so I wanted to share a couple with you. First is my own version of […]

Songs from Home – Music for Recorder and Guitar

Please join us on August 9, 7:30 PM at the Cafe in the Somerville Armory (191 Highland Ave, Somerville) for a concert of music for recorder and guitar. I’m so excited to be performing with my father, Michael O’Brien! We’ll be playing a varied program including some Baroque music, some new compositions, and some folk […]

More music with my dad

Here are a couple more videos of my dad and me playing together. Like in the last post, I’m playing the Helder tenor and he’s playing a guitar he built. “Homeless” is a composition of my dad’s, which began life as a song; but this version has a recorder part instead of vocals. “Blackberry Blossom” […]

Helder Tenor Experimentation

Part 1: Cool feature the Helder comes with! (scroll down for Part 2: Cool feature of my own) There are lots of things I love about the Helder model, but one of them is the fact that the “roof” of the windway is interchangeable. By way of background, the channel you blow through on a […]