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Joe Barna

Joe Barna is a drummer/composer originally from Troy, NY. Barna began his collegiate life in 1995 by attending SCCC in Schenectady, NY. While enrolled he focused his efforts on orchestral percussion performance/education. In fall of 1999 he transferred to the esteemed Purchase College Conservatory of Music in Westchester, NY. In spring of 2004 Barna received his BFA in Jazz Studies with a focus on drumset performance & 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 worlds top musicians/groups including: (3 time Grammy Award winners) The Celtic Tenors (6 time Grammy Award recipient) Gary Smulyan (world renowned classical violinist) Peter Fisher (3 time Grammy Award recipient) Ralph Lalama and jazz recording artists Joe Magnarelli, Ray Vega, Grant Stewart, Dick Oatts, Jim Rotondi, Jon Gordon, Jerry Weldon, Josh Evans, & Stacy Dillard. Joe has also performed with many of NY States regional greats such as: Keith Pray, Brian Patneaude, John Menegon, Lee Shaw, David Gleason, Mark Kleinhaut, Michael Louis Smith, George Muscatello, Lee & Leo Russo, The Joey Thomas Band, The Big Soul Ensemble and his own original group Sketches Of Influence. Barna has performed in over 50 pit orchestras for many outstanding professional musical theaters, toured the world as a member of ship orchestras for the worlds leading cruise lines, performed as a member of Trio Calvo for 3 months while living in Dubai UAE and has headlined as a leader at a variety of performing arts centers as well as jazz festivals and small clubs


The Grind - Sketches of Influence

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2022
Track listing: The Grind, Oh Feline, I'm Glad You're Mine, A Children's Song, The Return of Shah, Living Without You, Nine Maple Syrup.


Article: Multiple Reviews

Catching Up On Mostly 2020 Releases

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Lots of interesting albums piled up in the last few months, most of them released in 2020. Dusan Jevtovic If You See Me Self Produced 2020 Serbian guitarist/composer Dusan Jevtovic assembled a strong core band for this album, which was mostly recorded live in the studio: touch guitarist and ...


Article: Live Review

Joe Barna & Sketches of Influence At Middle C Jazz

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Joe Barna & Sketches of Influence Middle C Jazz Charlotte, NC March 13, 2020 Drummer/composer/bandleader Joe Barna brought his band Sketches of Influence to Middle C Jazz (a recently opened jazz club in Charlotte, NC) to record a live album on March 13-14, 2020. Barna had come down from upstate New ...


News: Performance / Tour

Joe Barna Announces Sketches of Influence Live Recording at Middle C Jazz

Joe Barna Announces Sketches of Influence Live Recording at Middle C Jazz

Drummer/composer/bandleader Joe Barna is bringing his band Sketches of Influence to Middle C Jazz (a recently opened jazz club in jny: Charlotte, NC) to record a live album on March 13-14, 2020. This is certainly the first live recording to be produced at the club, and may be the first time that an artist from outside ...


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