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.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Consciousness Through Music Retreat In Mexico



Buddha Travel Pathfinder Retreats Presents: Guitar Virtuoso David Barrett, June 14-21, 2018

Experience Consciousness Through Music With Guitar Virtuoso David Barrett.

Enjoy seven nights in Sotuta de Peon Hacienda Viva, Mexico — an amazing environment for creating and performing music.

Please visit Buddha Travel Pathfinder Retreats for more information.


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 with Buddha Travel 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 with Buddha Travel 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, Michael Paul HallĂ©, and Cathleen Johnson at Buddha Travel for inviting me to Mexico, and to Alex Lifeson for sifting through the many recordings I sent him. 


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