B A R R Y
Barry is an Irish double bassist and electric bass guitarist from Dublin, Ireland. Donohue's most consistent output over the ten years of his career has been as a sideman. However, in recent years he has brought his own group, 'Satori' together to record his debut album. Satori is a quintet made up of Darren English from Cape Tow (trumpet), Kasperi Sarikoski from Helsinki (trombone), Christian Li from New York (piano), and Ariel Tessier from Paris (drums). Satori met at the IASJ meeting (International Association of Schools of Jazz) in 2011, which is lead by renowned saxophonist Dave Liebman. Each member of Satori was chosen to represent their respective college at the meeting. Musical chemistry brought the members of Satori together during the week of masterclasses at the IASJ meeting. This chemistry inspired Barry to bring the band back together four years later to record his debut album. The album has yet to be released.
As a sideman, Barry has performed and recorded with some of Ireland's biggest names, including Mary Coughlan, Chris Guilfoyle (Umbra), Sean Carpio, Matthew Halpin, Francesco Turrisi, Miles Graham, Loah, Mick Pyro, Fehdah, Greg Felton, CC Brez, Michael Buckley, Nigel Mooney Quartet.
Donohue has also performed with international stars such as Nelson Veras (BR/FR), Nils Wogram (DE), John O'Gallagher (US), Tal Cohen (US), Michael Piolet (US), Ingo Hipp (Aerie), Michael Arbenz (CH), Pablo Held (DE), Marie Kruttli (CH).
Barry is also bandleader of 'Plaza Real', a band dedicated to playing the music of Weather Report, featuring Darragh O'Kelly on keys/synths, Shane O'Donovan on drums, Eamonn Cagney on percussion, and Chris Engel on soprano sax. Plaza Real has played all major Irish jazz festivals in 2018, and has garnered a reputation for "capturing the magic" of Weather Report; "a beautiful tribute to the music of Weather Report". Federico Malaman
Barry has studied with renowned classical double bassist Thierry Barbé, contemporary jazz guitarist Nelson Veras, and composer/saxophonist Stephane Payen, composer/trombonist Nils Wogram, electric bassist Matthew Garrison, and saxophonist/composer Steve Coleman.
It is with heart-felt gratitude and pride that Barry can say he is supported by the Music Network, the Arts Council of Ireland, and Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. He received funding to buy an electric bass in 2011 and to buy a double bass in 2014 from Music Network. He also received the Travel And Training Award from the Arts Council in 2014 to help fund his MA in Music studies in Paris, and in May of 2017 was funded by Music Network to partake in a residency at Le Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris.