Irio O’Farrill is a freelance bass player based in the New York City area. A veteran of the New York Latin Jazz scene, his performance credits include: Juan Carlos Formell, Bobby Sanabria and Ascención, The Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra, Daniel Ponce, and the Latin Jazz Coalition. He has also worked with Gloria Gaynor, Bill Warfield’s Hell’s Kitchen Funk Orchestra, The Real Deal Big Band, and on concert tours featuring Larry Gatlin, BeBe Winans, and Sarah Brightman.
He has performed on numerous Broadway shows, both as a sub and regular player. His Broadway credits include: “The Rocky Horror Show”, “Brooklyn The Musical”, “The Wedding Singer”, the Tony and Grammy Award winning show “In The Heights”, and the 2018 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival “Once On This Island”. Irio is a faculty member of The Collective School of Music, and The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City, and a teaching artist for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ.
He is co-author of “Afro-Caribbean & Brazilian Rhythms for the Bass”, author of Musicians Institute’s “Bass Technique” digital book series, and a contributor to the book “Funkifying the Clave” by Lincoln Goines and Robbie Ameen.
“As a freelance bassist in New York City, being able to get around the city from gig to gig quickly and easily is essential. My gear needs to be small and light enough to travel on the subway and other public transportation, without sacrificing sound quality. The Magellan 350 Combo fits my needs perfectly. This very portable combo amp has a fat, warm sound, with serious low end. It easily handles my low B string and the full range of my bass with plenty of headroom and clarity. This is a great little amp!” – Irio O’Farrill