Sanctuary, eclectic percussionist Richie Barshay's second album as a leader, is a collection of drum-centric originals featuring special guest Chick Corea. Drawing influences from Brasil, Mali, India, and explorations with found-recycled percussion, the songs capture the role of drumming as a personal and communal sanctuary. Recorded inside a historic synagogue in Flatbush, Brooklyn.

JO LAWRY voice 
PETR CANCURA reeds, mandolin 
TODD NEUFELD guitar (1,3,4,6,7,8) 
RYAN FERREIRA guitar (2,5) 
RICHIE BARSHAY percussion 
special guest 
CHICK COREA piano, keyboard (2,5,9) 
released November 25, 2014


On their debut recording Homework, The Richie Barshay Project explores the common ground between Jazz and a variety of world rhythms. Inspired by studies of Indian tabla drumming, with a foundation in Jazz and Latin-American music, the full-length CD explores these influences in an improvisational setting. With special guests including the legendary Herbie Hancock, the listener is taken on a journey through a range of exotic musical textures, experiencing a fresh rhythmic approach to World Jazz fusion. 

“Homework introduces a major rhythm voice on the rise.” 
Ken Micallef, Downbeat

“On Homework, his striking debut as a leader, Herbie Hancock’s current drummer, Richie Barshay, effectively incorporated tabla into his drum kit while adding a wide spectrum of Indian and Afro-Cuban instruments to the fabric of his brilliantly original compositions" 
Bill Milkowski, Traps: The Art of Drumming

DANIEL BLAKE saxophone
special guest 
HERBIE HANCOCK piano & keyboard (1,2,7)
released October 1, 2004

Complete Discography

Jim Matus & Richie Barshay: Rise From the Top
2023 Right Brain Records

Talamana: Cloud Call
2023 Ancient Records

Oscar Peñas: Chicken or Pasta

House of Waters: Where I Wander  
2022 Ground Up Music

Joey Weisenberg: L'eila
2022 Rising Song Records

Elul Music Project: Tishrei: the end is the beginning

Oscar Peñas (feat. Ron Carter, Harlem String Quartet): Almadraba 
2022 Musikoz

Way North: New Dreams, Old Stories

Aly Halpert: Loosen
2022 Rising Song Records

Various Artists: Together Again
2021 Truth Revolution Records

Batya Levine: Karov
2020 Rising Song Records

Michael Winograd: Michael Winograd Play Brandwein

Ali Dineen: Hold On

Andrew Green: Dime Dancing: the music of Steely Dan

Karlie Bruce & Chris Parrello: Psychedelephant

Ilusha Tsinadze: Yes & No

Zach Mayer: Modeh Ani

Way North: Fearless And Kind

Garth Stevenson: Chappaquiddick (Originial Motion Picture Soundtrack)
2018 Varese Sarabande

George Mordecai & The Hadar Ensemble: Safra
2018 Rising Song Records

Midwood: Out of the Narrows
2018 Chant Records

Gaia Wilmer Octet: Migrations
2017 Red Piano Records

Ali Dineen: Where The Light Comes In

Volker Goetze Quintet: Bridges
2017 Membran/Must Have Jazz

Tomas Martin Lopez: Rhythm Rising
2016 bongotoms music

Curtis Brothers Quartet: Syzygy
2016 Truth Revolution Records

Sandaraa: Sandaraa

Bill O'Connell & the Latin Jazz All-Stars: Heart Beat
2016 Savant Records

The Klezmatics: Apikorsim | Heretics
2016 World Village (Harmonia Mundi)

Matt Savage: Go On
2015 Savage Records

Way North: Kings County

Matuto: Africa Suite

Richie Barshay: Sanctuary

Angela Davis: Lady Luck
2014 Nicholas Records

Allegra Levy: Lonely City
2014 SteepleChase

Bill O'Connell & The Latin Jazz Allstars: Imagine
2014 Savant Records

Robert Burke with Kenny Werner: Do True
2014 JazzHead

Joey Weisenberg & The Hadar Ensemble:
Nigunim Vol. IV: Brooklyn Spirituals

Başak Yavus: Things (featuring David Liebman and Peter Eldridge)

Oscar Peñas: Music of Departures and Returns
2014 Musikoz

Jean Rohe & The End of the World Show
2013 Laundry Line Records

Matuto: The Devil and the Diamond
2013 Motema Music

Matt Savage: A Bigger Celebration
2013 Savage Records

Natalie Fernandez with Zaccai Curtis: Nuestro Tango
2013 Truth Revolution Records

Petr Cancura: Down Home
2013 RootsToBoot

Maria Christina: The Timeless In You
2013 Cracked Egg Records

Will Martina: Modular Living By Design

Kevin Harris Project: Museum, vol 1.

Michael Winograd: Storm Game
2012 Golden Horn

Beka Gochiashvili: Beka Gochiashvili
2012 Exitus

Sunny Kim: Painter's Eye
2012 Sunnyside Records

Hey Rim Jeon: Introducing
2012, N-Coded Music

Okie Weiss: Custom Love

Benjy Fox-Rosen: Tick Tock

Will Martina: The Dam Levels

Christoph Siegrist:
Welcome To The Blue World - feat. Mark Turner
2011, Fresh Sound New Talent

Dan Blake: The Aquarian Suite
2011, BJU Records

Oscar Peñas: From Now On
2011, BJU Records

The Klezmatics: Live At Town Hall
2011, Klezmatics Disc

Bert Seager: Lettuce Play
2011, Invisible Music

Roger Davidson: On the Road of Life
2011, Soundbrush Records

Ilusha Tsinadze: Mother Tongue

The Klezmatics: On Holy Ground (DVD)
2010, Roots First Productions

Erica von Kleist: No Exceptions

Sandro Albert Quartet: Vertical
2010, Daywood Drive

Natalie Merchant (w/The Klezmatics): Leave Your Sleep
2010, Nonesuch Records

Sam Sadigursky: Words Project III "miniatures"
2010, New Amsterdam Records

Tyler Blanton (featuring Joel Frahm): Botanic
2010, Ottimo Music

Emilio Solla & The Tango Jazz Conspiracy: Bien Sur!
2009, Fresh Sound World Jazz

Curtis Brothers Quartet: Blood-Spirit-Land-Water-Freedom
2009, Truth Revolution Records

Matuto: Matuto
2009, Yalc Music

Fred Hersch Pocket Orchestra: Live at Jazz Standard
2009, Sunnyside

Chick Corea: 5 Trios
2008, Universal Music. Stretch Records.

Gabriel Kahane: Gabriel Kahane
2008, Family Records

Sam Sadigursky: Words Project II
2008, New Amsterdam Records

Petr Cancura: People Music
2008, RootsToBoot Music

Nation Beat: Legends of the Preacher
2008, Modiba

Jean Rohe: Lead Me Home
2008, Jean Rohe

Bert Seager, Rebecca Shrimpton:
Requited - songs by Bert Seager and Anita Diamant
2008, Invisible Music.

Nando Michelin: Reencontro
2007, Nando Michelin

Insight: A Genesis
2007, Curtis Brothers Music.

Michael Winograd: Bessarabian Hop
2007, Michael Winograd.

Dan Tepfer Trio: Oxygen
2007, DIZ Productions.

Anders Bast: Late Urgency
2007, LongLife Records.

Zach Lucas: It's Not About You
2007, Zach Lucas.

Bert Seager, Jorge Roeder, Richie Barshay: Beat Greens
2007, Invisible Music.

Richie Barshay: Homework
2007, Ayva Musica

Nando Michelin, Esperanza Spalding, Richie Barshay: Duende
2006, Fresh Sound New Talent Records.

Weather Outpost 12: Electric Gull
2006, Alida Rohr.

The Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra
featuring Bob Brookmeyer and George Garzone: Clairvoyance
2006, Aynakleina Nite Music.

Sofia Koutsovitis: Ojala

Joel Press Quartet: How's The Horn Treating You?
2005, Cadence Jazz Records, CJR 1182.

Dan Blake: The Party Suite 

Crooked Still: hop high
2004, Footprint Records, FR-2004.

Dan Tepfer Trio: Before the Storm
2004, DIZ Productions.

Khevre: Oyfn Sheydveg (at the crossroads)

National Yiddish Book Center / Khevre:
The Best Jewish Children’s Stories – “When the Beginning Began”
2004, National Yiddish Book Center.

Boston Jazz Composers Alliance Orchestra: Celebration of the Spirit
2003, Cadence Records / CIMP 298.

Eric Bloom: Standardized

Julie Geller Song Project: This Road
2002, Riparius Records.

Insight (featuring the Curtis Brothers)