I’m Brian Barrale
say it like this:
kinda like a bialy. ...now I want a donut
I’m a traveling storyteller, musician and composer, loosely based in the midwest.
and this is my website.
"I'd rather choose my own distractions."
The Professional Stuff
Brian Barrale is an accomplished composer, songwriter, recording artist, and comedic actor with over 20 years of industry experience. He has composed the score for an upcoming Walt Disney theme park attraction; music for the HBO feature film, Phil Spector, starring Al Pacino and Helen Mirren; and countless production tracks for hit TV shows including Jerry Seinfeld's: Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, American Pickers and Say ‘Yes’ to the Dress: Atlanta.
Brian has also starred as Elton John in the music video parody of CSI:Miami and has been a voice actor for several animated shorts for the Yahoo! web series Sketchy.
Brian has co-written original musicals and cabaret acts, collaborated with LA comedians as songwriter and musical director, performed nationally as an improv dueling piano player, and toured as keyboardist for Marty Balin of Jefferson Airplane.
"I always want to say to people who want to be rich and famous: Try being rich first. See if that doesn't cover most of it."
- Bill Murray
The Early Years...
Brian Barrale grew up in the small rural town of Barnhart, Missouri - located just south of St. Louis. A few miles down the road you'll find Pevely, a tiny truck-stop town where the local area entertainment is highlighted by the state's largest outdoor flea market as well as weekly dirt track auto racing.
Brian's grandmother helped nurture his creativity through the arts and encouraged him to pursue music at a young age. She introduced him to blues, R & B, jazz, and soul. Brian then taught himself to play piano by the age of nine, clarinet by eleven, and saxophone by age thirteen. He spent the early part of his high school years learning music theory and orchestration on his own, applying his new skills by arranging for his high school's jazz band and pep band.
"Find out who you are and be that person. That's what your soul was put on this Earth to be. Find that truth, live that truth and everything else will come."
At age sixteen, Brian began performing in blues bars and night clubs throughout downtown St. Louis and surrounding areas. The following year, he and his blues-rock band were featured in the annual St. Louis Blues Heritage Festival along with countless blues legends from all over the country.
Immediately following high school graduation, Brian began his professional career by performing as keyboardist for Marty Balin. After a year of touring with Balin, Brian studied music production and engineering with his first industry mentor, Rich Landers. He then continued his studies in audio production at Webster University in St. Louis, and later in music technology and composition at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, California.
For more on what Brian is up to now, visit here...
"Talking about music is like dancing about architecture."
THE LATEST SOUNDS
I've been making music, this is what it sounds like...
" We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams..."
-Willy Wonka (by way of the poet Arthur O'Shaughnessy)
"The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing."