The Story and Sound of a Combat Veteran's Journey. Created by Dominick Farinacci and Jaymes Poling.
With 7 Pc Band Live at Nighttown!
Modern Warrior is a live theatrical music experience co-created by United States Military Veteran Jaymes Poling and musician Dominick Farinacci. This dynamic production explores the psychological weights of war, the challenges of reintegration as a civilian, and the potential for positive personal and communal growth.
Narrated by Staff Sergeant Poling, who spent three years in Afghanistan as an infantryman with the 82nd Airborne Division, the autobiographical production details his time in the military and his subsequent transition to civilian life back home. It’s complemented by dynamic musical performances led by Dominick Farinacci (Mack Avenue recording artist and former Global Ambassador to Jazz at Lincoln Center).
The Modern Warrior initiative aims to build bridges between veteran and civilian communities through live performances, collaborative workshops, sharing veteran stories and informative panel discussions. Modern Warrior works to help destigmatize our veterans’ experiences through deeper understanding from the community and by providing inspirational hope across communities.
About the creators
Jaymes Poling grew up in Warren, Ohio and enlisted in the US Army at the age of 17. He was assigned to the 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina as an infantryman. During his eight years with the division, he spent 36 months fighting in Afghanistan across three separate tours.
Jaymes is currently in his last year of a finance degree at John Carroll University, and spends time working to help veterans find their own peace after war.
Trumpeter Dominick Farinacci has been recently credited the title Global Ambassador to Jazz at Lincoln Center by Wynton Marsalis, working to further integrate jazz into communities around the world. He graduated from The Juilliard School in 2005 launching his career in Japan with a prolific run of eight albums, later releasing two more globally. He has performed in more than 120 cities in 14 countries around the world, was a featured guest on ABC’s Good Morning America, and is a TED Speaker. Music icon Quincy Jones says of Dominick’s accomplishments in performance, recording, education & advocacy, “This kid is 360 degrees!”
His most recent recording “Short Stories” is produced by Tommy LiPuma. This is Tommy & Dominick’s first collaboration, and was recorded in their hometown of Cleveland at the Gill and Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts.
In addition to touring around the world with his band, Dominick has been successful in his personal endeavors on bringing music into the community through Arts and Wellness & Education. He was invited by TED to be a TED Speaker at the 2014 TED MED conference at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.