A prolific Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter, Barry Oreck is known for his thought-provoking, often darkly humorous prose encompassing a range of topics from the personal to the political. His songs, touching on societal and ecological issues as well as the perils of aging and long-forgotten love, harness the power of music to connect and inspire others.
Oreck honed his craft surrounded by the rich folk and blues tradition of his native Chicago. He studied with such folk luminaries as Frank Hamilton and Steve Goodman at the famed Old Town School of Folk Music and soaked in the exploding blues scene. This early introduction to folk and blues paved the way to what would become his signature style.
Oreck has two albums to date, including his 2016 self-titled release, which features 10 artfully-crafted original tracks described by fellow musician Trudy Williams as “a unique collection of songs full of wry, thought-provoking lyrics, sweet harmonies, with a satisfying touch of funk.” His successful 2018 follow-up, How the Bright Earth Spun, is a collection of new and old songs spanning the folk tradition with intricate guitar interplay, tight vocal harmonies, and rousing fiddle.
His third release, a five-song EP entitled We Fit Together, slated for May 2020, was inspired by the “political shock of 2016,” Oreck says. “In a country and world where so many seem to be retreating to the fringes of mutual distrust and tribal isolation, the idea that we do and can fit together – all of us, all over the globe, across economic circumstances and political ideologies – became vitally important to me.”
In addition to his songwriting career, Oreck has also spent decades in New York as a performer and choreographer in dance and theater and creating sound and text scores for numerous productions.
Throughout his musical journey, Oreck has been fortunate to be surrounded by a talented and well-respected community of artists. Barry Oreck and Friends features seasoned musical collaborators who reflect a wide range of musical influences from jazz to rock to world music. Their tight, interlocking instrumental arrangements and three-part harmonies offer a satisfying and original take on songs by Oreck as well as by other contemporary songwriters and traditional songs that invite audience members to sing together.
Whether performing solo or with his band, Oreck believes that “music approached collectively can inspire action. At its best, music supports movement and change. It touches emotional chords that make us reexamine our lives and our relationships to others. It can change us.”
For more info, head to: barryoreckmusic.com
And take a listen to the track ‘We Fit Together’, below…