Modern Warrior

The story and sound of a combat veteran's journey

The mission of Modern Warrior LIVE is to build bridges between veteran and civilian communities through live performances, collaborative workshops, sharing veteran stories and discussion. Highlighting stories of Posttraumatic growth, Modern Warrior works to help destigmatize our veterans by focusing on the shared human experience, while providing hope and a deeper understanding across communities.

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).  

Thank you for a memorable New York City debut at the Sheen Center!

 

 

 



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

 

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.