Modern Warrior

The story and sound of a combat veteran's journey

Highlighting shared human experience, resilience and hope, Modern Warrior LIVE is a theatrical performance about one veteran’s experience of returning to civilian life and his recovery from trauma.

Narrated by co-creator Staff Sergeant Jaymes Poling, who spent three years in Afghanistan as an infantryman with the 82nd Airborne Division, this autobiographical production details Poling’s time in the military and his subsequent transition back home.

Through a tapestry of Jaymes’ story, and performances led by internationally acclaimed artist (and Modern Warrior LIVE co-creator) Dominick Farinacci, along with a cast of world-class artists in multiple genres, the Modern Warrior LIVE ensemble shares a personal and emotional journey of the challenges of military service and the hurdles veterans face when transitioning back home.

Modern Warrior LIVE shines a spotlight on behavioral health challenges and pathways to recovery.

 

 

 



Dominick Farinacci & Jaymes Poling

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 3 years fighting in Afghanistan as a Machine Gunner, and Squad Leader.

Upon returning to Ohio at the age of 26, Jaymes was bothered by the narrative surrounding of Combat Veterans. While dealing with his own memories of war, loss of friends, and sense of solitude, Jaymes began to find the potential for growth that comes with adversity. Through education, writing, and public speaking, Jaymes came to recognize the universality of his journey. 

Jaymes graduated with a finance degree from John Carroll University in 2018, and now speaks across the country while partnering with veteran organizations to start conversations and connect our communities. 

Trumpeter Dominick Farinacci graduated from The Juilliard School in 2005.  During his career, he has performed in more than 120 cities in 14 countries.  Music icon Quincy Jones says of Dominick’s accomplishments in performance, recording, education & advocacy, “This kid is 360 degrees!”.  In 2014, he was appointed to a 3-year residency as inaugural Global Ambassador to Jazz at Lincoln Center by Artistic Director, Wynton Marsalis.  The role was created to adopt and integrate music performance for collaborative cultural exchange.  He was a speaker at the 2014 TEDMED Conference in Washington D.C.  

Dominick has been successful bringing music into the community through Arts & Wellness and Education. He is a featured performer for the Cleveland Clinic, an academic hospital, in Cleveland, Ohio and Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.  He organized the first jazz performance for patients in Abu Dhabi, with the Cleveland Clinic and the Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation. For Dominick, music and health are synonymous. Recently, he organized discussions through music for patient-doctor communication with Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar.

Dominick has been a leading advocate in music education, most recently at the Community College Association of America in D.C. He served as Music Consultant to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, and is Artist in Residence at the Gill and Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio. Recently, the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) expanded his work throughout the region.

His recent recording “Short Stories” was produced by four-time Grammy Award winning producer Tommy LiPuma. 

Visit Dominick's website HERE

CREATIVE CO-FOUNDER

Catskill Jazz Factory is a program of the 501c3 23Arts Initiative providing artist residencies and project support to a variety of young, top quality jazz, gospel and contemporary artists. CJF incubates world premiere programs, introduces artists into villages, educational institutions and a host of venues to promote community building through music. CJF serves as a launch point for artists to develop brand new, innovative projects to then present to larger and diverse audiences nationally and abroad. Venues range from mountaintop coffee & donut shops, local schools and diverse community centers across the Hudson Valley to recent concert series collaborations with the New York Botanical Garden, the Fisher Center for Performing Arts at Bard College, Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, Mezzrow Jazz Club, and the New Generation Festival in Florence, Italy. 

 

Modern Warrior is endorsed and supported by the United War Veterans Council (Producer of the New York City Veterans Day Parade). The Catskill Jazz Factory proudly serves as creative co-founder and consultant.