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Nicholas Barbato

Lecturer, Studio Composition

Nicky Barbato is a guitarist, bandleader, composer, and educator based in New York. His latest album, the Nicky Barbato Project’s Every Day is a Bad Hair Day (produced by Jon Irabagon) was recognized by The New York City Jazz Record as a “Best Debut of 2019” alongside releases from Larry Grenadier and Nick Dunston. The album was called “eclectic…hard driving NYC style guitar noir” and a “modern day essential for adventurous guitar fans” by Roots Music Report. The Vinyl Anachronist wrote about Nicky’s original compositions, “Nicky’s vision cuts through surf rock, jazz, ’70s prog rock, funk and rockabilly–and that’s just in the first song and a half.”

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As an active working musician in the New York City area, Barbato has performed with Jon Irabagon, Omar Hakim, Vinnie Sperrazza, Tony Mason, Otoniel Vargas, Richie Morales, Jason Laughlin, Axel Tosca, Peter Brendler, Bill O’Connell, Rusty Holloway, Arthur Lipner, Matt Clohesy, Jerad Lippi, Josh Dion, Ethan Eubanks, Stuart Mack, Shawn Pelton, Paul Shaffer, Andy Hess, Rebecca Haviland, Charlie Lagond, and many more. He is currently the guitarist for Rebecca Haviland and Whiskey Heart, Salcedo’s Latin Soul, and Lost Soul Found.

Barbato holds an undergraduate degree in guitar performance from Berklee College of Music, and a graduate degree in music education from New York University.