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Borne from the mind of guitarist / composer David Barrett and at the behest of friend, mentor and Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson, The David Barrett Trio was formed in the early summer of 2010. Drawing from a catalog of well over 40 new compositions intended for the trio – including bassist Jason Farrar and percussionist Sascha Tukatsch, they began fleshing out the music for an instrumental progressive rock trio in July 2010. Demoing and tweaking the material throughout the summer and early fall of 2010 led to an invitation to debut the work in progress at Toronto’s Gibson Guitar Artist Showroom. The trio used this invitation as a milestone in their preparation for the eventual recordings.
During a brief touring and writing hiatus, producer Alex Lifeson scheduled the first of several intended recording sessions in early December of 2010. Manning the console for these sessions would be renown recording and mix engineer Richard Chycki ( Rush, Dream Theater ). Three songs were mixed from the first sessions – the aggressive Hollowbody, the multidimensional Sonar, and the melancholy Disappearance. David Barrett Trio’s first three singles were Hollowbody, Sonar, and Disappearance.
As a result from all the attention these three instrumentals generated, David has become an endorsing artist for D’Addario Canada, Planet Waves, Pigtronix Futuristic Analog Technology, and Mack Amps, who has recently designed two signature model guitar amps for David, the Atomsmasher DB-18 and the Atomsmasher DB-40. DB is involved with the inventive Dagmar Custom Guitars, and a product tester for Gibson Guitars. Alex Lifeson’s famous Gibson double neck guitar was on loan to David for the last couple of years, and can be heard all over the trios recordings, the guitar now resides in The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
In addition to hosting David’s yearly Ravenswood Guitar Summit, HotHouse photographer Paul Reid has created all of the colourful images that effectively portray the trio and their unique style. Reid has produced performance and instructional videos for DB3 and his pictures of Barrett have been published in international guitar magazines such as Premier Guitar. The trio has already received stellar reviews in Prog Rock Magazine and David is currently featured in the August 2013 issue of Guitar Player Magazine.
In May of 2012 David Barrett Trio was asked to participate in an all day Alan Parsons Master Class recording workshop at Noble Street Studios in Toronto, in which they were the band being engineered and produced by Alan Parsons himself. The result was the epic song Belmonte, the only DB3 tune on their debut album to feature vocals. The vocals were done by none other than the bands photographer and album artwork designer, Paul Reid. In addition to that collaboration, in early 2013 DB3 recorded a new tune with renown vocalist, Michael Sadler of Saga, and just recently the trio has recorded a new tune with Canadian singer/songwriter Jacob Moon.
The members of the The David Barrett Trio have a well established history and a portfolio of international touring and recording – experiences that translate well, both on and off stage. In Toronto, DB3 has played a year long residency at the prestigious Orbit Room (coincidentally owned by Alex Lifeson), headlined at larger concert venues such as Mod Club Theatre, and opened for such prog rock legends Saga, and Carl Palmer of Emerson, Lake, And Palmer.
David Barrett Trio’s self titled debut album was completed in autumn of 2012, and produced by Alex Lifeson, Alan Parsons and Richard Chycki. The album was released in April, 2013, and their CD Release Party at Mod Club Theatre featured a laser show courtesy of Rush lighting director Howard Ungerleider of Production Design International, with audio presented in surround sound by Renkus Heinz Canada. This concert was captured in HD by an 8 camera shoot and will be available on DVD and as a live album for digital download.