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Barry has been a major fixture on the Canadian jazz scene for over 25 years and has been featured on over 70 recordings including 12 as leader/co- leader,with groups such as The MRC Trio, Inside Out & Random Access. Over the years Barry has worked with Gil Evans, Joe Henderson, Ritchie Bierach, Don Pullen, Don Byron & Sam Rivers to name a few. Barry has also been a featured performer on numerous Canadian tours as well as the US, Europe & India. Barry is also a Juno winner & 8 time Juno nominee.
Barry Romberg's Random Access Group was nominated at the National Jazz Awards for Best Electric Group in 2005/2006/2007/2008/2009 and Barry was also nominated for drummer of the year at the NJA in 2006/2007/2008/2009.
Barry's Romhog Records has been picking up speed since its inception in 2002 and now has 10 titles in its catalogue,and has been recieving some great exposure in Canada, Europe & the US.
Barry is also on faculty in the music programs at York University & Humber College in Toronto.
Barry's most recent project; RALE, The Random Access Large Ensemble is an extension of the Random Access group expanding the 7 piece band bringing the full compliment to 14, and features some of the finest musicians in the country. The new group has been workshoping some exciting new material at The Rex in Toronto over the last few years; and was featured in a Final Gala performance at the IAJE/Toronto in 2008

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Romberg resisted the urge to put the jams (MRC Trio) through the same cut and paste process as the Random Access materials, and it was a wise call, for these long evolutions are the most effective way of hearing his own highly individual work. He may owe a sentimental debt to Elvin (Jones), but in his intense musicality and prodigious output he is closer in spirit to Jack Dejohnette. Random Access Part 3 and Tribal Dance are both jawdroppingly good.
Brian Morton, Wire Magazine

Drummer-composer-bandleader Barry Romberg is playfully subversive. The Latest installment¦ (RA 3) is full of suprises and good humour, along with a multitude of good grooves¦..Romberg displays quick hands, keen instincts and coloristic tendencies behind the kit.
Bill Milkowski, Jazz Times Magazine

Barry Romberg's sound hasn't fully filtered down across that long border separating his native Canada from the US, and it's a shame

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Primary Instrument

Drums

Location

Toronto

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Crab People

Romhog Records
2013

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Album was, shall, why, because by Barry Romberg

was, shall, why,...

Romhog Records
2010

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Album The Gods Must Be Smiling by Barry Romberg

The Gods Must Be...

Romhog Records
2010

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Album Existential Detective by Barry Romberg

Existential Detective

Romhog Records
2008

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Random Access, Part...

Maya Recordings
2007

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Album Big Giant Head by Barry Romberg

Big Giant Head

Romhog Records
2007

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