about James E Barr
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About JAMES E BARR
For the past 7 years James has devoted his efforts to developing a unique style of performing all genres of music on classical guitar, and focuses on playing at weddings, corporate events and fine dining venues...He also writes TV/radio/www commercial music and film scores in many different styles, from solo to full orchestra to singing groups.
In Manhattan James was a classical, rock, jazz and studio musician, and played on many recordings, commercials and film scores, plus in venues in NYC. In 2005 he moved to Asheville and completely changed my style and direction.
"Wedding ceremonies, corporate occasions, private and public events are my specialties. I play a wide range of music on solo guitar in a highly unique style – easy to listen to and highly appropriate for most occasions.
I have played at BILTMORE (all facilities), Richmond Hill Inn, The Arboretum, Renaissance Hotel, Grand Bohemian, Beaufort House, Chetola, Grove Park Inn, Battery Books/Champagne Bar, Old Edwards Inn, High Hampton Inn, Highlands Inn, Waynesville Country Club, The Farm, Claxton Farm, and similar venues in WNC. I also play in Manhattan and Florida, SC, TN, VA & GA.
My repertoire ranges from renaissance to Bach to Beatles, Broadway, film hits to pop rock! Please consider me when you wish elegant and engaging background and mood setting music.
BRIDES! I have created wedding ceremony music programs to help you plan and choose your music; you will find them on my website. Price includes half hour of music while guests arrive; music selections for the procession of party members; Bridal entrance music; Celebratory theme after vows; Exit music; and hour of upbeat music while guests wait for the reception to begin. All weddings are different, so I consult with you to customize your program!"
In the Past....
James was awarded scholarships during his summertime teenage years from Downbeat magazine to attend Berklee College in Boston, now a part of Boston University. Concurrently he wrote incidental music for the theater, first at the Stockbridge Playhouse (MA) and Somers Point Theater (NJ). He also was active in bands, orchestras and theater activities until his H.S. graduation.
Moving next to Manhattan, James attended several schools, including Long Island University, New School For Social Research and non-credited courses at New York University and School of Visual Arts. (Later he also earned a BS in business from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida.) At this time, he studied music, film, and photography with many private instructors, including Hal Overton, Paul Bley, Luigi Picariello, D. Sandoli, and Dr. W.W. Singh (sitar/Indian classical music.)
From 1968 until 1983 James owned his own music media businesses. He wrote and produced commercial, corporate and art pieces, and was the discoverer and first producer of Luther Van Dross, as well as being a member of the Gil Evans Orchestra and musical director with reknowned NYC caberet singer Joanne Beretta. He produced works for LIFE and PEOPLE Magazines, Alfa Romeo, Grand Union Food Stores, ATT, IBM, and others, and produced over 150 tv/radio commercials. He also co-wrote several musical plays and was producer/arranger/writer for the comedy album “What’s A Nice Country Like You Doing In A State Like This?” with Cary Hoffman, co-producer of the TV hit show "Men Of A Certain Age." He has won many awards for his music and film work. His String Trio was recorded by members of the New York Philharmonic in 1979.
In 1983 James relocated to St. Petersburg, Florida and in 1989 was co-founder and officer of Peak/Barr/Petralia/Biety, Inc. in Tampa, where he served for 8 years as Vice President, Creative Director. The shop grew to 9 million dollar in billings in that time, due in large part to his close ties to NOKIA Cellular Phone Corporation. In the 12 years James worked with NOKIA, it grew from 17th in the National marketplace to #2. He introduced NOKIA to national television, including MTV exposure, plus national magazine advertising. James also led the creative marketing efforts for HONOR/STAR/Concord, the ATM company.
In 1997 James left the agency he co-founded to devote time to his film interests. He directed/wrote the film “jane” which played on PBS for two years and was nominated for an EMMY. He also was writer/director for teen-oriented material for the National Safety Council, and has been deeply involved with alcohol, drug and violence issues on community levels, as well as writing a column “Daddy Dearest” for Tampa Bay Baby Magazine.
James is a year-round resident of Asheville, NC. He maintains marketing clients in NY and FL, volunteers at Mission Hospital as musical therapist, and spends as much time as possible with his daughter, Morgan, her husband Bradford, and grandson Rawlins in Tallahassee.