Brian Farrow is a multi-instrumental and multi-genre musician out of North Omaha, Nebraska. He currently tours with the Grammy Award winning Dom Flemons the American Songster and is on his recently released Black Cowboys album on the Smithsonian Folkways Label. As a duo, and sometimes as a trio, this pairing explores the roots of American musics highlighting it’s technique, style, African American legacy, and presentation in a modern context. The venture has taken him through the Grand Ole’ Opry, opening for the Grammy Award-winning Old Crow Medicine Show, the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and beyond. He’s also toured nationally and abroad with the acclaimed Americana band the Hackensaw Boys on double bass and the open-door-gospel-folk group Spirit Family Reunion on fiddle.
From bouncing in the backseat of his father’s car to Bone Thugs n’ Harmony to All State Choirs, and encouraging teachers like Ronald Frezzo at Richard Montgomery High School, Chuck Orifici and Everett Williams at Clarksburg High School, Farrow was fortunate to have a family that exposed him to great music (Wynton Marsalis, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, etc), eclectic mentors to introduce him to the diversity of the aural world (Berlioz, Umm Kulthum, Cachao) and a curiosity to explore further into those sounds, artist stories, and the histories they outline. He brings this broad understanding to his educational practice, believing that there’s a through line of rhythm, harmony, contemplation, and attitude that connects the musics and styles of the past and abroad to the innovations and inspirations of today.
Farrow has been able to explore these musics through groups like the trad jazz based Capital Focus Jazz Band headed by David Robinson, the hardbop-inspired Krewetet headed by Alvin Trask, arabic folk experimentalist Huda Asfour, bluesman Jonny Grave, the R&B stylings of Tara Trinity, Prince George’s Philharmonic, Zambian rock musician Sitali Syowle, and many more.
You can hear Farrow as a member of the Clara Barton Sessions, a recording of DC folk tradition musicians that released an album commemorating the revitalization of the Clara Barton Museum, Elena y Los Fulanos' forthcoming album, Jonny Grave’s forthcoming album, or on Dom Flemon’s Black Cowboy album under the Smithsonian Folkways label.
Associated Acts: Sitali, Nila Kay, Huda Asfour, Spirit Family Union, Capital Focus Jazz Band, Montgomery County Honors Chorus, Jonny Grave, The Tara Trinity Project, Howard University Jazz Band, Prince George’s Philharmonic, National Institute of Health Philharmonia, Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic Orchestra, Paperhaus, Bellwether Hall, The Red Room, The Delafield String Band, Justin Trawick and the Common Good, yU of Diamond District, Letita Van Sant and the Bonafides, Waness Zarour’s Ensemble.