Oriana Barbato is a versatile bassist with an eclectic style and a vast experience in the Toronto live music scene. This Chilean musician keeps busy playing with Indian fusion project Rakkatak, for the urban latin flamenco fusion band Santerías, and for santur extraordinaire Sina Bathaie, as well as offering services as a freelance musician. Past collaborations include ska/reggae supergroup Random Order, high energy rock and rollers The Johnnys, hard rockers Cathartic and Quwwali ensemble Indiantouch. Oriana’s adaptability, work ethic, and professionalism have brought her to stages across North and Central America, Asia and Europe, where she has shared the stage and been billed alongside with world-renowned musicians such as latin/flamenco fusion act TaKiLo, Catalan cumbia group La Troba Kung Fu, Qawwali master Shahid Ali Khan, Warwick endorsed bass prodigy Jorge Campos and Juno award-winning Canadian songwriter Bif Naked.
Oriana loves playing hard but she’s also a bit of a brainy sound art freak. She fell in love with sound art while completing her BFA in music at York University. Her compositions have been exhibited at various art galleries in North, South America and Europe. Her electro-acoustic piece Acousmatic Longing was presented at the 2008 International Computer Music Conference (Belfast), in a programme led by Canadian composer and developer of real-time granular synthesis, Barry Truax.
Oriana enjoys playing shows and is very passionate about her instrument. She shares these strengths by teaching bass and facilitating bands throughout the year, for sessions run by the Toronto Girls Rock Camp body.
Oriana’s gear: Music Man Classic Stingray, Warwick fretless 5 string, Gallien Krueger MB 150S-III and Markbass CMD 151P.