Dominick Farinacci Headlines Saturday Afternoon Performance
by Barbara Parker
When he was just 17, Farinacci performed at the Tri-C Jazzfest in Cleveland, opening for Wynton Marsalis. Marsalis invited him to New York to appear as a special guest with him on a live PBS Special at Lincoln Center. It was at this time that Farinacci heard about a brand new jazz program that was being initiated at The Juilliard School. He auditioned for the program, was accepted on a full four-year scholarship and was one of only 18 musicians selected worldwide to be in the inaugural class of the Juilliard Jazz Program.
By the time he graduated from Juilliard, he had received two Gold Disc Awards, the International New Star Award and won first place in the ITG Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Competition. In 2008 Farinacci debuted his own band at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Detroit International Jazz Festival and the Tri-C Jazzfest.
In his most recent release Short Stories Farinacci has teamed with former combat veteran Jaymes Poling who served in Afghanistan in the 82nd Airborne Division, to tell stories through music of what it is to be a veteran of war. This is an ongoing project, but the first video is built around “Soldier’s Stories,” a song about a soldier coming back from war, facing the realities of civilian life. The overarching intent of the series is to “break through the various boxes that have been built” on both the veteran and civilian side of reentry in an effort to create better support systems as they return. The first video “Soldier’s Things” addresses this very issue. This video can be viewed on YouTube and on Farinacci’s Facebook fan page. Also available is “Bamboleo” from his album release concert at Lincoln Center.
Thrilled to be appearing once again with Monty Alexander, whom he calls “one of the greatest artists of our time,” Dominick Farinacci is looking forward to his return to Easton.