Friday, December 7, 2018

The Cedar Box Suite Available on iTunes and Spotify

My new classical guitar EP entitled “The Cedar Box Suite”, commemorating the 40th Anniversary of my Takamine C134S classical guitar, recorded and produced in Nov. 2018, digital release date is December 8, 2018 for Spotify and iTunes.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

It Might Get Laud - Guitar Player Magazine

Thanks to Vinnie DeMasi for the excellent feature on my 12 string laud in the January issue of Guitar Player Magazine

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Yucatan Guitar Summit Dec. 1-8, and March 5-12

Yucatan Guitar Summit

The Yucatan Guitar Summit is a week long  guitar retreat, in the heart of the Yucatan, at Sotuta de Peon, Hacienda Viva. Sotuta de Peon is a fully restored and operational hacienda that produces henequen fiber (once called “Green Gold”), from the raw plant into various products, such as rope, commonly known as Sisal. Everything from the machinery to the main house has been beautifully restored. Underwater crystalline rivers (known as cenotes), lush tropical gardens,  and a stable of horses, are all  part of the expansive and unique property, as well as first rate accommodations fashioned after traditional Mayan casitas,  and two  restaurants featuring exotic Yucatan cuisine.

During the weeklong retreat, we will feature a wide range of events exploring all aspects of guitar playing. We’ll conduct workshops, jams, and concerts, designed to advance one’s approach to the instrument, but most of all, we’ll have a lot of fun in the process. Musical performance, and  technique will be be covered, as well as strategies to develop composition and improvisation skills. You don’t have to just play guitar to attend, we’ve had sax players, and violinists attend who enjoyed the experience, and they were also an invaluable addition to the late night jams.

We’ve had special guest musicians like Kenny Lee Lewis from the Steve Miller Band, and Vinnie DeMasi, an accomplished guitarist and contributor to Guitar Player Magazine attend the retreat to add extra depth and dimension to the musical events. We often go into the beautiful town of Merida to see the market, or plan a day trip to the ancient pyramid site of Mayapan. Traditional Mayan healing therapies such as massage, and Temazcal, are available, as is horse back riding, and swimming in the cenote, or the luxurious outdoor pool.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Mayapan - David Barrett Trio feat. Crown Lands on iTunes!

I'm so excited to announce this new track Mayapan, produced by Terry Brown, very fortunate to be able to work so closely on arrangements, and production of such an elaborate instrumental, thank you for your inspiration, and thank you to Justin Meli for capturing the trio so well, and to Peter J. Moore for the amazing mastering!

Album design by HotHouse Creative Inc.

Mayapan - David Barrett Trio feat. Crown Lands on Spotify!

Working with Kevin Comeau and Cody J. R. Bowles of Crown Lands on Mayapan has been a real high point for David Barrett Trio, Terry and I were blown away, we had so much fun making it, this is what we came up with!

Album design by HotHouse Creative Inc.

Friday, September 14, 2018

The Making of Red Barchetta

Terry will do a special presentation on the making of Red Barchetta, featuring all the original multi-tracks at the Terry Brown Master Sessions with David Barrett Trio September 29th at Chalet Studio

Click here to register, thanks!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

New Prog Epic!

David Barrett Trio and Crown Lands are collaborating on new music with producer Terry Brown (Rush). 

The 12 minute instrumental prog epic will be recorded at Chalet Studio as part of a Terry Brown Master Class recording workshop September 29, 2018.

The song will be mixed and released digitally everywhere this fall!

Friday, August 24, 2018

David Barrett Guitar Player Magazine , October 2018

Please check out David's article in the latest issue of Guitar Player Magazine by Vinnie DeMasi Yucatan Jam - Forget scales and technique. David Barrett's Consciousness Through Music retreat aims to improve your playing through mindful living

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

DB3 Red Vinyl in Stores!

The newly remastered David Barrett Trio red vinyl LP is available at three of the coolest Toronto record stores, KOPS 1811 Danforth Ave., POP MUSIC 581 Gerrard Street East, and SONIC BOOM 215 Spadina Ave.

In addition to the DB3 online store you can now buy it on AMAZON.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Terry Brown Master Sessions w/David Barrett Trio feat. Crown Lands

We only have a handful of spots left for our Terry Brown Master Class with David Barrett Trio feat. Crown Lands. 
Please take a look here Terry Brown Master Sessions to register!

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Belmonte Remix for iTunes

Belmonte was originally produced by Alan Parsons, and is the only vocal track on the debut David Barrett Trio album, it has now been remixed by Terry Brown and made available on iTunes to coincide with the release of the red vinyl, hope you enjoy!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Rush the Artpark with Jacob Moon & David Barrett


Jacob Moon would like to come and perform a concert at the Lee Lifeson Artpark in Toronto on Wed July 25 at 7pm, with special guest David Barrett

The idea is to make it FREE admission to the public where you can come and bring your friends. If we reach our goal, we will be including a live stream feed, so our international fans can enjoy the show, even if they can't make it to Toronto. 

But only if we get the funding! Otherwise, this owl won't fly!

Please take a look here to contribute:

DB3 LP Red Vinyl!

It's available now, the debut David Barrett Trio album.
Remastered and pressed on red vinyl! 
Get your signed copy at the link below:

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Crown Lands at Chalet Studio!

Kevin Comeau and Cody J. R. Bowles from the awesome band Crown Lands will be the featured rhythm section for the Terry Brown Master Sessions with David Barrett Trio at Chalet Studio!

Monday, April 30, 2018

David Barrett talks with Alex Lifeson, Steve Howe, and Tommy Emmanuel

Here are a few great excerpts from podcasts I created 12 years ago, with three legendary guitarists, Alex Lifeson, Steve Howe, and Tommy Emmanuel.

Friday, March 9, 2018

David Barrett Trio Vinyl coming soon!

I had the very fortunate experience of having my guitar hero produce one of my albums. Initially, I thought when Alex Lifeson offered to produce my next recording it would be just a simple understated guitar record, but he persuaded me to use a trio to develop the instrumentals on a much larger scale. We ended up making an epic progressive rock album, that featured not only Alex producing, but we managed to get Alan Parsons, and Richard Chycki on board too. It truly was a life changing opportunity that lead to many careers highlights for me, such as being featured in Guitar Player Magazine, having my own signature guitar amp, and being able to conduct guitar retreats in Canada, and more recently Mexico.

 In 2010, I worked so hard writing, and recording demoes for over three dozen songs, we then picked the best eleven, and brought in bassist Jason Farrar, and drummer Alexander “Sascha” Tukatsch to perfect the arrangements, and eventually record in Alex’s personal studio, Noble Street Studios, and Richard Chycki’s home studio. Paul Reid became an invaluable 4th member by creating photographs, logos, and videos for the trio, and even lyrics for our one vocal tune Belmonte.

 Now, in 2018 with the resurgence of vinyl, and my personal renewed interest in all things analog, I thought why not release the first David Barrett Trio album on LP!? The idea of having the album in vinyl format, complete with the beautiful artwork is something I’ve always wanted to do, and I know from talking with many of the music fans out there, they also think it’s a great idea. So here goes another DB3 GoFundMe Campaign designed to bring a tangible, real album that spins at 33 1/3! Thanks to all our crowdfunders for making this possible, I can't wait to give it a spin on my vintage JVC!

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Friday, March 2, 2018

Monarch Video

Monarch was written and recorded during a very prolific time in 2010, just after Alex Lifeson offered to produce my next recording, which became the David Barrett Trio debut album. With Alex’s input, I had written, arranged, and recorded dozens of guitar instrumentals, before getting any other musicians involved. Monarch, along with many other compositions at that time, was exploring themes about transformation. It was a favourite of mine, featuring only a vintage Gibson 12 string, and steel guitar, and so it just didn’t seem right for a larger band arrangement. 

The title “The Mysticism Of Sound And Music”, was taken from the influential book by Sufi Mystic, Hazrat Inayat Khan. Because it was such an inspiring and life changing book, I always wanted to have an album that used that title. With the upcoming guitar retreats in Mexico centred around music and mindfulness, it seemed like an ideal time to finally release this collection of some of my more esoteric, and ambient compositions, all centred around the acoustic guitar, with Monarch as the opening track.

During our first guitar retreat at Sotuta de Peon, Paul Reid and I found time to shoot a video for Monarch, it includes footage all around the Hacienda, as well as some additional scenes featuring the pyramids at Mayapan. As the cameras were rolling, I noticed Monarch butterflies flying all around the perimeter of the pyramids, and on the way out, they seemed to follow us as we passed the pyramids, dwellings, and platforms. I later discovered that most of the over-wintering Monarchs from Eastern North America arrive there in Mexico by the millions. So much like the Monarchs, we were coming from and returning to the same part of the world. 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

The Mysticism Of Sound And Music

 I like records to be about something. Usually they have a theme, they feature an instrument, or a specific style of guitar music, either solo or with a trio, sometimes sparse, or often dense with dozens of overdubs.

The Mysticism Of Sound And Music, is named after the influential book by Hazrat Inayat Khan, and was recorded during a very prolific period  back in 2010, when Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson offered to produce a new recording of mine. In the span of 4 months, in the first part of 2010, I composed and recorded 36 instrumentals that later became the material that the newly formed David Barrett Trio drew from to feature on our debut album. Over the years, I’ve been very inspired by albums of home recordings such as Steve Vai’s Flexible, and Steve Howe’s Homebrew, and so I’ve always wanted to do the same. 

The instrumentals have a common thread, in that they were written on a Gibson Hummingbird acoustic guitar, and embellished with many overdubs featuring mandolin, laud, electric, and steel guitars. All of the tracks were written, arranged and produced by myself, but never developed for the trio. Some of them are favourites, and when assembled as a whole, they have a cohesive, ambient quality that I really like. Also, the desire to “up my game”, when preparing the music for one of my heroes to review, gave the music an extra bit of edge that I think you can hear in these recordings. 

The soundscape and meditative quality of these recordings coincide perfectly with my upcoming retreats I’ll be conducting in Sotuta de Peon, Mexico. The retreats will feature guitar playing and mindfulness, and how we can enhance our creativity by including meditation and visualization into our musical lives. So it seemed like an ideal time to release these recordings. 

Paul Reid, at HotHouse Creative Inc., recently did some experimenting with our 3D printed David Barrett Trio logo and lit it on fire. The result is the colourful and somewhat charred version of it that you see on the cover. So thanks to Paul Reid for the album art, and to Alex Lifeson for sifting through the many recordings I sent him. 

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