Biography Joan La Barbara (USA)

Joan La Barbara, composer, performer, sound artist creates sound scores for film, video and dance and has premiered landmark works composed for her unique voice by Robert Ashley, John Cage, Morton Feldman, Philip Glass and Morton Subotnick. Awards include Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition, DAAD Artist-in-Residency in Berlin, and numerous commissions for concert, theatre and radio, including Saint Louis Symphony, WDR-Cologne, RIAS, VPRO, and Radio Bremen.  Recordings include ShamanSong (New World) and Voice is the Original Instrument (Lovely Music), hailed as one of The Wire's 10 best reissues. 73 Poems, her collaboration with text-artist Kenneth Goldsmith, was included in The Whitney Museum American Century Part II: SoundWorks. Filmwork includes creating and performing the Alien Newborn voice in Alien Resurrection. La Barbara is currently composing an opera inspired by the life and work of Virginia Woolf.