Solo piano, jazz trio, full band. Professional, high quality, AND easy to work with.
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John Barcanic's music has been heard in European concert halls, Chicago jazz clubs, and South American churches. As a multi-instrumentalist experienced in working across cultures he finds subtle ways to incorporate rhythms and instruments from around the world into his music.
The son of musical parents (his dad taught at the college level and his mother played piano), some of John's earliest and fondest memories are of making music. "My first set of instruments were the pots and pans," he jokes. "My dad still has a picture of me sitting on the kitchen floor at age two holding a wooden spoon and surrounded by all the pots and pans I'd emptied from the cupboard to bang on."
His parents replaced the pots and pans with a real snare drum when he was five and he never looked back. "I've played the drums for different gigs all my life. There's something very physically satisfying about moving around a drum kit, stretching and bending the rhythm, while still keeping time rock solid." In middle school John would focus on the trumpet, joining the school band and jazz band. He played trumpet through his time at DePaul University, majoring in Jazz Composition.
"I didn't get serious about the piano until after college. Windy City Community Church brought me on staff as Worship Director and I began taking lessons at that point. My first lessons would consist of me bringing the five or six songs we were going to do at church the next Sunday to my teacher and asking him to show me how to play them!" Over the next few years John would also add guitar and bass to his tool kit.
John's music runs the gamut from solo piano, to smooth jazz, to worship songs, to contemporary classical.
When he’s not making music you might find him developing leaders and organizational capacity through his work with World Relief and Barcanic and Associates. Or you can find him at a café in his hometown of Chicago reading a gripping novel or debating whether or not people will be able to fly in heaven.
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