Date(s) - Wednesday 02/25/2015
Joe Barna and his group Sketches Of Influence in performance one night only! This event is a homecoming of sorts as Barna grew up in North Troy and graduated from Lansingburgh High School, just a few blocks away, in 1994.
Joining the quartet for this special engagement will be Stacy Dillard-sax (Roy Hargrove, Stevie Wonder, Mingus Big Band, Cyrus Chestnut), Victor Gould-piano (Terrance Blanchard, Esperanza Spalding, Wallace Roney) and Ryan Berg-bass (Ralph Bowen, Jerry Weldon, James Weidman Trio).
Drummer/composer Joe Barna currently resides in New York City where he is an active member of the jazz scene. Barna began his collegiate life in 1995 by attending SCCC in Schenectady focusing his efforts on orchestral percussion performance/education. In fall of 1999 he transferred to SUNY Purchase in Westchester, NY. In spring of 2004 Barna received his BFA in Jazz Studies with a focus on performance and composition.
Since 2004 Barna has devoted himself to a life of composing and performing. His talents have brought him around the globe sharing the stage with many of the world’s top musicians/groups including three-time Grammy Award winners The Celtic Tenors, six-time Grammy Award recipient Gary Smulyan, world renowned classical violinist Peter Fisher, three-time Grammy Award recipient Ralph Lalama and jazz recording artists Joe Magnarelli, Ray Vega, Grant Stewart, Dick Oatts, Jim Rotondi, Jon Gordon, Jerry Weldon and Stacy Dillard. Joe has also performed with many of NY State’s regional greats such as Keith Pray, Brian Patneaude, John Menegon, Lee Shaw, David Gleason, George Muscatello, Lee and Leo Russo, The Joey Thomas Band, The Big Soul Ensemble and his own original group Sketches Of Influence.
In addition to these credits Barna has performed in more than 50 pit orchestras for many outstanding professional musical theaters and has headlined as a leader at a variety of performing arts centers as well as jazz festivals.
Barna says “Currently residing in Manhattan, it is difficult for me to find time to travel upstate but, I believe that every second will be worth it in the end. Places such as The Sanctuary are very rare in small places like Troy and i truly feel it is the responsiblilty of not only myself, but the rest of the community to ensure that they stay there for years to come. The Sanctuary provides an opportunity for people to be enriched and inspired by great art, music and much more.”
NOTE: This show starts at 7:30 PM.