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 […]