OH. is a rock and metal multi-instrumentalist — guitar (electric and acoustic), bass, drums, violin, piano and percussion, sound engineer and videographer. She released her debut progressive rock EP “Sleeping World” in 2013 with the award winning video “Trials – A Song for a Lost Generation” and metal album vinyl release, “Synemotion” in 2015 and two singles, “Love Will Heal” and “Love of Avalanches” in 2016 with an innovative virtual reality 360 video production for her upcoming album, “Love Will Heal”.
“Synemotion” was released as a Double 12″ Gatefold vinyl album and as a digital album on April 24, 2015. Two tracks from the album, “Run Away” and the title track, “Synemotion” were released as digital singles on February 20th, 2015 and video clips accompany their release: Run Away, Synemotion, Beckoning, and Rumpus on YouTube.
The new album, “Love Will Heal” is a venture into a balladesque alternative sound. The album is set to be released in the fall of 2016. The title single for the new album “Love Will Heal” along with a lyric video and sheet music was released on August 23, 2015.
OH. just released a 360° fully immersive virtual reality video for her new alternative song, “Love of Avalanches” – the second single release from the upcoming album, “Love Will Heal”. The 360° environment was created entirely from a fusion of animated 360° panoramic images sequenced from custom handcrafted cube map seamless textures, video and music. The 360-degree video is available for viewing on YouTube and for a fully immersive effect viewed using VR headsets or Google Cardboard. The track is available through iTunes, Spotify and other music distributors.
Reviewers compare the timbre of her voice to Sharon Den Adel, Anneke Van Giesbergen, and a cross between Kate Bush and Tori Amos, her musicianship to Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, emphasizing her unique style, as one said, “She defies analysis somewhat as Queensryche” with distinctive sound of her own.
She lives in Athens, Greece.
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To Duke Ellington the note D was a dark blue burlap and G a light blue satin, to OH. an experience creates sound and sound a physically felt emotion.
Many artists are synesthetes – sounds evoking colors or colors having taste; after the release of her first album, Sleeping World, OH. said, I don’t write music so that the music “displays” an emotion, “evokes” an emotional response or evens follows the dictates of a specific genre; to me experiences are sounds, they need to be heard and that is the music.”
OH.’s childhood was a mix of isolation from mainstream influences but surrounded by artists and musicians. Her father, a chemistry teacher and Greek and Latin guitarist and singer; her mother a writer and graphic artist from New York; her home life spanned stays in New York City to distant islands in Greece and the music scene in Athens. At times, she shared the stage with her father with cameo performances in small clubs, listened to live music as a train of Rock, Latin and Greek folk artists jammed in her childhood living room but didn’t take up a musical instrument until she was 14.
At a neighborhood music conservatory, she picked up violin and guitar, electric and acoustic. Shortly after, she was gifted a Yamaha AW 1600 Audio Workstation, left the conservatory and began experimenting on her own with composition and recording short tracks.
She started listening to mainstream music of various genres after getting a computer at 17, from progressive rock bands – Pink Floyd and the Beatles, rock artists – Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix and Queen, Metal artists – Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Scorpions and Rush, pop artists – Michael Jackson and the Beegees, Avant Garde artists – David Bowie and Tom Waits, Blues artists – John Lee Hooker, Ray Charles, Stevie Ray Vaughan, soul artists – Stevie Wonder, Arethra Franklin and James Brown, Jazz artists – Luis Armstrong, John Coltrane and Wes Montgomery, Jazz fusion artists – John McLaughlin and Herbie Hancock, Classical artists – Beethoven, Vivaldi and Samuel Barber, Latin artist – Santana and Latin jazz like Al Di Meola, the opera of Maria Callas, Luciano Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli and even “the Rat Pack” of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr.
In October of 2008, as an amateur violinist and guitarist she left Athens for New York on the verge of the deepest economic crisis in both countries. Through the mirk and mire of lack of opportunity and the mass frustrations of her “lost generation”, she taught herself drums, bass and keyboards, experimented with sound engineering on Logic Pro and Cubase, recorded, mixed and mastered her own songs.
OH.’s debut EP Sleeping World was independently released in February 2013 – with the title track “Trials – a song for a lost generation,” the lyrics and music expressing the anger, distress, and futility that resonated within her and her generations total awareness of the futility of quick fixes (jobs with no future) and false idols (media’s portrayal of success and pop culture).
The song and video won an international video contest, the album entered into Prog Archives into the Crossover Prog category and was considered one of the top 50 influential events that marked Greece in 2013.
After her debut EP release, reviewers compared the timbre of her voice to Sharon Den Adel and Anneke Van Giesbergen, others to Happy Rhodes and a cross between Kate bush and Tori Amos. They emphasized her quite unique style, as one said, “she defies analysis somewhat as Queensryche” with distinctive sound of her own.
Her second album, Synemotion was released as a Limited Edition Double 12″ Gatefold vinyl and digital album on April 24, 2015.
In this LP, OH. leaps into progressive metal leaving her emphasis on vocals into an exploration of her multi-instrumentalist skills, playing the bass, guitars (electric and acoustic), piano, drums and percussion. This concept album journeys through the emotional states experienced when overwhelmed by concerns and fears – escapist feelings in the song, “Run Away”, anger and frustration in “Rumpus” – wanting to cower and hide in “Subterfuge” – longing and nostaglia in “Elegy” and the experience of disappointment and let-down in the song “Deception”. Finally, letting go and receiving the feeling in the song “Reception” – and the awareness and sensation of irony knowing it will all start over again in the “World of Warcraft”. “Beckoning” foreshadows the light of awareness and the title track, “Synemotion” a spoken word piece, written and narrated by OH. with an epic symphonic metal accompaniment expresses the entire journey from pain and fear to release and hope.
Wonderful melodies and the constant flow through complex spaces stimulate impassionate moods and emotions; sometimes hammock, sometimes bed of nails, but always full of hope.” ~ Peter “Brutus” Habermann – DEAF FOREVER
It is well worth spending about 40 minutes of your time to take this journey, with the talent of this 25 year old Greek-American. With lots of music, with few but essential words, and with originality. Something tells me that we will soon be hearing again about her even larger (music) plans … ~ Elias “DEMON” Papazoglou – Hard Music
“Something rare and unique about this artist. A young female multi instrumentalist composer and vocalist in the realm of progressive rock. Makes me a bit misty in this day of EDM muzak. Lovely textures throughout, from acoustic guitars, haunting melodies behind the powerful narration. Solid Prog cred on the arrangement, with stellar production value head to toe on sound and image. OH is force to be embraced with gratitude by any ProgArt rock fan, of which I am one.”
Mark Alan Dooley ~ Fluence
Definitely a piece of progressive art by a very talented young woman. ~ Angelo Hulshout – Background Magazine
OH. – A Bombshell. Take the time to listen and see this album is a bombshell to the world of guitar! ~ Progcritique.com
OH. Yes! Providing proof positive for all time that Greek women rock, here is OH. with a tune from her 2015 album Synemotion. It’s clear that OH. is a significant talent, sure to impress again. ~ Jon Davis – Exposé
Anyone that is into guitar virtuoso types of music will love this release. Some of the tracks I found exhilarating and others interesting but in the end an appreciation for the overall talent this artist brings to the table. You can count on some amazing six string runs throughout this listen.
She has my utmost respect for such a huge accomplishment. ~ Keith “MuzikMan” Hannaleck – MuzikMan Productions
The gorgeously packaged double vinyl record is a worthy addition to any collection. The heavy music is powerful and explosive, and OH truly leads you on an emotional journey.
The song synchronizes the emotional journey into something tangible and accessible, and you get to hear a bit more of OH’s gorgeous voice which she highlighted in her 2013 debut, Sleeping World. When you know someone can sing, but yet they eschew that for the larger vision, which is to wring emotion out of the listener on the strength of the music alone, that takes courage and confidence.
I told you OH was precocious and creative. She’s also strikingly beautiful, as one can experience in her sensual and artistic music videos that accompany this release (check out the track Run Away on Youtube. OH is definitely an artist to keep an eye on. With her talent, vision, and drive, she is definitely going to make a name for herself in the music world. ~ Dave – Virtuosity