Born and raised in Rochester, New York, Ryan Barski is a jazz drummer currently studying with Rich Thompson at the Eastman School of Music. Ryan has been surrounded by music and the drum set from a very young age. His father first introduced him to the drums with a set for Christmas at the age of 4. Ryan comes from the town of Honeoye Falls-Lima and his dream is to follow a path similar to other HFL greats such as Ted Poor, Fred Sturm and Ike Sturm. Progressing through high school under the leadership of Mark Borden, his passion for music grew, leading to participation in Eastman’s Summer Jazz studies. This experience coupled with the tutelage of Rich Thompson, his set teacher from mid junior year to now, solidified his path of studying drum set performance at Eastman. Ryan is an Eastman scholarship award winner and plays at many venues around Rochester, including guest appearances at the Rochester International Jazz Festival. Ryan has experience in many different genres of music in which he accompanied the Swooners, participated in an off-Broadway performance of Avenue Q, and has experience in a recording studio. Ryan enjoys taking a melodic approach to the drum set while respecting the tradition of the many great jazz drummers before him. Additionally, Ryan has studied with Ari Hoenig and plans to continue studying with him in the near future. Ari adds a fresh new look to this approach to melodic drummer that will enhance Ryan’s skills as he continues to grow as a musician. Ryan has aspirations of moving to New York City and establishing himself in this jazz scene after graduation.
CJ Ziarniak is a 2017 graduate of the Eastman School of Music, currently living in New York City. CJ is originally from Brockport, NY, and grew up taking classes at the Eastman Community Music School. CJ has studied privately with Doug Stone, Charles Pillow, Tommy Smith and David Bixler. CJ has been a featured guest artist and soloist at Penn State Erie, Monroe Community College and School of the Arts. He has performed at different festivals around the world including the Toyko Jazz Festival in 2017, as well as the Rochester International Jazz Festival in 2018. He has shared the stage with the likes of Dave Liebman, Scott Colley, Jeff Hirschfield, Harold Danko, Clay Jenkins, Tonya Darby, Bill Holman, Bill Dobbins, Dave Glasser and many others. CJ is planning to independently release an album of original music in the summer of 2019, so stay tuned!
Rafael Enciso is a bassist from Ithaca, New York. Rafael has worked individually with Larry Grenadier, Linda Oh, Gary Versace, Nicholas Walker, Michael Formanek, and many others. As a member of many bands and ensembles, Rafael is constantly playing music, but his goal is to approach every performance as a new opportunity to create something unique. In his free time, Rafael enjoys spending time in nature.