Get to know a little about the newest additions to ‘Oblio And Arrow’ and hear about the show we have coming up on October 5th where they’ll make their debut with the group at “Take Back The Night And Rock Away Violence”….
This fall on OCT 5th, the ‘Oblio And Arrow’ crew is happy to team up with long time friends “Take Back the Night Dupage” for a charity music benefit. ( TBTN ) is a nation wide movement with the goal of raising awareness about issues surrounding domestic violence in local communities. Our local chapter, TBTN DuPage, has been operating for over 20 years hosting an annual event and fundraiser in which our guitarist “K-Nein” has been heavily involved in organizing for the better part of his life. This year, ‘Oblio And Arrow’ will be bringing some friends and our production to host a total of 5 hours of live music! We have named this event, “Rock Away Violence” hope to see you there! The line up is as follows..Sat. Oct 5
This past summer has been a very eventful and exciting couple months for Oblio And Arrow, starting with the nearing completion of the groups second album titled, “Steps” and also with the departure and replacement of some past members and general expansion of the live arrangement. Part of the initial idea for the ‘Oblio’ project was to be able to be flexible when performing live, being able to switch between a number of different set ups and arrangements, from performing solo, as a quartet or even to the current 7 piece ensemble we have today. It’s always been a goal of sorts to expand on the line up and live arrangement of the group when and where we could. The ‘Oblio And Arrow’ records are full of sound and are heavy on percussion and bits of a small choruses of backing vocals, so it only stands to reason that we’d try to add on to the group as we moved along.
In the turbulence of this past summer we were almost forced to try something completely different and just go for it, fortunate as we were, within a month or two we had a room filled with even more heads in it than before, all amazingly talented and were jamming away like we’d all been playing together for sometime. I am super excited to be playing with all these great people and musicians and am just as excited to be able to join them on stage and introduce them to you on October 5th at “Take Back the Night and Rock Away the Violence” in Naperville.
Get to know a little about each of the members of Oblio And Arrow below!!
Scott Clarke is the bassist for ‘Oblio And Arrow’ and a long time friend of Matthew Kopecky. Growing up with a great musical ear, Scott was initially drawn to orchestral music and began playing classical guitar in his youth. Eventually picking up the bass, Scott had been involved in earlier projects with Matthew Kopecky, including the earliest versions of ‘Oblio And Arrow’. We were very excited to have him come back on board to the project this last summer, where he has again taken up the bass and added his flavor and musical intuition to the group.
Kevin Prochaska is a drummer and percussionist. He was first introduced to ‘Oblio And Arrow’ through K-Nein when the group was looking to add a percussionist to the live arrangement, back towards the end of 2012. Also a North Central College alumni, Kevin was instrumental in bringing aboard many of the current members of Oblio And Arrow. With a natural taste and flare for percussion and music in general as well as a contagious positive attitude, Kevin is the perfect fit for the group bringing the energy and good vibes wherever he goes!
Between my mom singing old school soul/r&b and Motown at the top of her lungs while doing
dishes, my father blasting golden oldies, and the sweet soulful Gospel music at church….how
could music not be my passion? I started singing before I could talk, playing piano when I was 6,
and percussion at age 10. I’ve been singing in gospel choirs and concert choirs for a good
portion of my life. I’ve been in concert, symphonic, and percussion bands since I started playing
percussion. I put on a recital about a year ago for my senior presentation at North
Central College, in which I composed, orchestrated, and arranged various pieces for small
ensembles to perform. I hope to go on to grad school or California (or both) by next year after I
finish up my degree in music at North Central College this winter to further my education in music composition for film and stage.
I came to know Oblio and Arrow from Kevin, who at the time, was the newest addition to the group.
I heard the band perform before and I loved the music and vibe of the group. Some months later, Kevin asked
if I would like to come in as a backup vocalist and percussionist along side him. I gladly accepted, and came to find
that I already knew more than half the band members from NCC.
It’s an amazing group of musicians and friends, and I’m super excited to be a part of it!
Hey folks. I’m Brian and I play guitar in Oblio and Arrow. I’ve been playing music for the last 15 years of my life and am currently a working musician/instructor. I am a recent edition to the Oblio and Arrow lineup and am simply trying to bring my best to the Oblio sound. I studied jazz guitar at North Central College in Naperville where I met and played with, in various configurations, current members of the band. These members include guitarist/vocalist Mike Kriegelstein (whom played bass), keyboardist/vocalist Jenna Heerdt, percussionist/vocalist Brianna Simmons and percussionist Kevin Prochaska. Through Mike and Kevin I was introduced to Matt Kopecky and was asked to check out his music. I immediately loved the vibe of Matt’s sound and the largeness of his vision, and knew it was something I wanted to be a part of. I’ve been with the band for 3 months now and couldn’t be having more fun playing music with these great musicians. It can only keep getting better from here! Cheers!
Jenna Heerdt is the keyboardist and a singer in ‘Oblio And Arrow. Raised in an musical family, her first project was with her brother titled, ”Hey! Little Sister”. A graduate of North Central College, Jenna was heavily involved with the jazz department where she first met many friends who would also later become involved in the ‘Oblio’ project. Also while attending school Jenna became a DJ and the promotions director for the college radio station whereupon she first met Matthew Kopecky and came across the group, ‘Oblio And Arrow’. Maintaing a friendship with percussionist Kevin Prochaska, Jenna was invited to join in on an ‘Oblio’ rehearsal behind the keyboard and adding some vocals to the mix. Already knowing some of the members of the group from college, there was a natural chemistry between both music and friends. Jenna is currently looking forward to beginning work on her first solo album! She also frequently performs as a solo act or as a duo with percussionist, Kevin Prochaska from ‘Oblio And Arrow’. Stay tuned to hear more about her solo work!
K-Nein is a traveling musician, educator and producer. He fits in the ranks of Oblio And Arrow on guitar, backing vocals and being a “jack of all trades”. He often lends he skill and experience to our areas of live sound, production and general studio work.
My name is Matthew Kopecky. I first started writing under the name “Oblio And Arrow” in 2008 and began forming the first version of the group in 2009. In 2011 I completed and released the projects first album titled, “Thank God For Photons”. Growing up in a house that was always full of music, my ears were turned on at an early age. I took to instruments and the whole mystic behind music and rock bands throughout my childhood and begrudgingly had to take piano lessons as a kid. This eventually led to the coaxing of my parents into getting me my first drum set around the age of 10. Maybe even unknowingly, I continued to expand my musical horizons into my early teens, where I had eventually picked up the guitar and started writing my first songs with it. Continuing to do what came naturally, writing, playing and just as importantly, listening to all types of music, I find myself doing the same thing many years later and I still absolutely love it! I’ve been super blessed to have been able to meet and line up with a number of such great musicians and people that have been involved with the ‘Oblio And Arrow’ project, both past and present.