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JOAN LA BARBARAs b June 8 1947 in Philadelphia career as a composer performer and sound artist has been devoted to exploring the human voice as a multi-faceted instrument going far beyond its traditional boundaries creating works for voices instruments and interactive technology One of the great vocal virtuosas of our time San Francisco Examiner and an important pioneer in the field of contemporary classical music and soundart she developed a unique vocabulary of experimental and extended vocal techniques including multiphonics the simultaneous sounding of two or more pitches circular singing ululation and glottal clicks that have become her signature sounds Awards and fellowships include National Endowment for the Arts Meet The Composer ASCAP ISCM International Jury Award Akustische International Competition Award and Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Berliner Kunsterprogramm Composer-in-Residency as well as numerous commissions for concert theatre and radio works in American and Europe Concertizing worldwide she has appeared with the Los Angeles Philharmonic San Francisco Symphony New York Philharmonic Houston Symphony New World Symphony Womens Philharmonic Orchestra of The Hague Festival dAutomne a Paris Warsaw Autumn Festival Frankfurt Feste Metamusik-Berlin Olympics Arts Festival Brisbane Biennial LA Festival and the American Music Theatre Festival She has produced seven recordings of her own work served as producer on recordings of music by John Cage and Morton Feldman and has premiered landmark compositions written for her by noted American composers including Robert Ashley Larry Austin John Cage Rhys Chatham Charles Dodge Morton Feldman Philip Glass Daniel Lentz Mel Powell Steve Reich Roger Reynolds Morton Subotnick and James Tenney La Barbara has collaborated on interdisciplinary projects with various visual artists including Lita Albuquerque Judy Chicago Kenneth Goldsmith Steina and Woody Vasulka and has completed two Meet The ComposerReaders Digest commissions from The Gregg Smith Singers I Cantori and The Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe for a large-scale choral work to hear the wind roar and a collaborative interdisciplinary music-theatre piece with co-composers Morton
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