Prague natives Tim and Ryan O'Neill, known in music
circles as The O'Neill Brothers, have a new genre of
music on their minds this October-crime-solving melodies
for the CBS hit drama, "Cold Case."
nationally-acclaimed pianists have sold nearly 2 million
copies of their piano music CDs. Their music has been
featured on HBO's "Sex and the City," and has received
an Emmy-nomination for a locally-produced PBS special.
why did a Los Angeles-based music producer seek out the
peaceful piano music of The O'Neill Brothers for the
crime drama series?
supervisor, Jenee DeAngelis, said "the emotion of the
music" appealed to her. "This story is based in 1951
about the death of a military man who in the end is
finally able to have a proper burial," DeAngelis says.
After searching through iTunes, she came across The
O'Neill Brothers' version of "Taps" from their
collection of 35 patriotic and early American songs,
wanted a song that was associated with the military, but
something more than just a bugle call-something more
fluid and emotional," she says. "The musical element-the
pace and tempo of this song fit the end montage
is an important component of the show. The CBS series
resurrects previously unsolved murders from decades ago,
using new science and fresh clues to solve the case.
Each episode shows re-enactments of the victims' final
days to evoke the time period and often uses music to
enhance the era. These flashbacks give the show a
realistic edge, which has made the series stand out
among the pack of crime dramas.
"We're excited to be part of such a great show," says
Tim O'Neill. "We've had our music on television before,
but never in a drama quite like this."
O'Neill Brothers' music segment will be featured in the
final two minutes of the show on CBS Sunday, Oct 26, at
8 p.m. (CST).
O'Neill Brothers will also be performing live on two
pianos with Katie McMahon, the original voice of
Riverdance, as part of a 10-city Christmas tour. For
more information go to
call 952-758-9300, or visit their office at 111 Main
Street West in New Prague.