A Platform for Ethnically and Culturally Inspired Music

East Meets West - Don Baragiano performs a multi-cultural blend of enticing, upbeat world music sounds. On December 17th, Don was invited to close the 2016 music season at the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls, New York.

"Don's performance created a diverse musical tour from around the world... and the audience didn't even need a passport!

Mr. Baragiano lived and worked in Saudi Arabia for 3 years. There he discovered their culture and music, which helped create his unique guitar style.

As a solo performer, the Jerry Garcia look-alike played a variety of music including Rock, Middle Eastern, Jazz, Flamenco, and Classically influenced pieces. He uses a drum machine for the percussion.

While he did perform a Jimi Hendrix song, the rest of the songs were original compositions, including a few which were 'on the spot' improvisations with intriguing Non-Western beats.

Don's composition "Hejira" was based on the Sacred Prayer Call, which he heard 5 times a day during his 3-year stay in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The musical scales and rhythms he heard at that time found their way into his consciousness and then into his innovative "East Meets West" sound."

Reviewed by:
Sherrill Fulghum, Music Journalist
The Daily Voice
Niagara Falls, NY

DON BARAGIANO, Master guitarist, plays original compositions with inventive arrangements.

Don's work embodies the spirit of electric guitar experimentation laid down in the late 1960s.

Don's Bio:
• Selected to compete in the Aaron Copland Foundation's "American Composer" Series, 2010 & 2011
• 1st Runner Up at the Guthrie Arts Center, 2016
• Studied high school music theory, continued on to the University of Cincinnati's CCM (College Conservatory of Music)
• Worked as an Audio Engineer at the Ministry of Finance in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia '84 - '86.

Don Baragiano - Solo guitarist with TRIO+ band creator & Guitar synthesizer, combining ethnic scales & rhythms with Jazz, Middle Eastern, Rock, and Classical music.
Don has traveled around the world; studying, composing & performing. His message is "We are all One".