Biography

Compositions

Discography

Performances

CDs + Scores

Film Work

Photos

Photo Downloads

Sounds

Press Kit

Resume/CV

Voice Over Work

Links

Home

Email



Works Composed by Joan La Barbara (in release order, most recent first)

"Rabbit Hole/Acid Trip" (©2008) from "An American Rendition" released 2009 on Fools in Print, New Media Scotland's DRIFT audio art programme. www.mediascot.org

"IO" (New World Records 80665) Released 2009.
Compilation of contemporary works for flute, including La Barbara's "ATMOS" for flute, bass and alto flutes, piccolo, Native American flute, voice and sonic atmosphere, performed by Margaret Lancaster.

VOICE IS THE ORIGINAL INSTRUMENT / JOAN LA BARBRA- 2-cd collection of La Barbara's experimental music from the Seventies released in 2003, Lovely Music LCD 3003-2 includes:
- Voice Piece: One-Note Internal Resonance Investigation for voice alone
- Hear What I Feel a sensory-deprivation performance piece
- Circular Song for voice alone
- Des Accords pour Teeny - a multiphonic exploration
- Les Oiseaux qui chantent dans ma tête ululation and birdsong
- Vocal Extensions for voice with live electronics
- Twelvesong (commissioned by Radio Bremen) - for multiple voices
- quatre petites bêtes (commissioned by Baack'scher Kunstraum) - a soundance
- Cathing for multiple voices
- Autumn Signal for multiple voices with Buchla synthesizer
- October Music: Star Showers and Extraterrestrials for multiple voices

SHAMANSONG/JOAN LA BARBARA New World Records, 80545-2 (cd released October 1998) Produced by Joan La Barbara and Michael Hoenig includes:
- ShamanSong, for voices, percussion cello, gender, electronic keyboard, music box, synthesizers and computer
- ROTHKO, for multiple voices and bowed pianos
- Calligraphy II/Shadows, for voice and chinese instruments: yangqi, dizi, erhu

de profundis: out of the depths, a sign (©1996) A Different Train (©1996) for multiple voices, bowed pianos, electronics and concrete sounds (included on "The Time is Now", a collaboration with writer Melody Sumner Carnahan Frog Peak Music, FP006 (released Spring 1998)

73 Poems (©1993) Produced by Joan La Barbara and Michael Hoenig for multiple voices and electronics a collaboration with text artist Kenneth Goldsmith (book w/cd released by Permanent Press, Spring 1994 cd alone released by Lovely Music LCD-3002, Spring 1994)

Awakenings (©1991) for chamber ensemble (Music & Arts CD-830, cd released Fall 1994)

l'albero dalle foglie azzurre (tree of blue leaves) (©1989) for solo oboe and computer music on tape, Barbara Herr Orland, oboe (included on Centaur CRC-2166, CDCM Computer Music Series, Vol.13, "The Virtuoso in the Computer Age-III", cd released Fall 1993)

SOUND PAINTINGS/JOAN LA BARBARA Lovely Music LCD 3001 [cd released 1991] includes:
- "Urban Tropics" (commissioned by New Music America-Miami)
- "ShadowSong" (commissioned by RIAS/Berlin)
- "Time(d) Trials and Unscheduled Events" (commissioned by
- Independent Composers Association for the radio series
- "Sounds in Motion", premiere broadcast for LA Olympics Arts Festival)
- "Erin" (commissioned by VPRO/Holland)
- "Klee Alee" (commissioned by RIAS/Berlin)
- "Berliner Träume" (commissioned for the "Airworks" radio series)

Loose Tongues (©1985) included on "CD Connection", (a project for New Arts Program, Kutztown, PA; works by Robert Ashley, Connie Beckley, Glenn Branca, Jon Gibson, Philip Glass, Malcolm Goldstein, Joan La Barbara, Meredith Monk, Steve Reich, Peter Van Riper.

Silent Scroll (©1982) for voice, flute, 2 zoomoozophones, cup gong and double bass (Mode 18: Microtonal Works by Partch, Cage, La Barbara and Drummond (1990)

THE ART OF JOAN LA BARBARA Elektra/Nonesuch 78029-1 [released 1985; lp & cassette only] "October Music: Star Showers and Extraterrestrials" for multiple voices "The Solar Wind" (commissioned by NEA/Composer Program) for chamber ensemble "Vlissingen Harbor" for chamber ensemble

AS LIGHTNING COMES, IN FLASHES Wizard Records RVW-2283 [released 1983; lp only] includes: (all scored for multiple voices)
- "as lightning comes, in flashes"
- "Erin" (commissioned by VPRO/Holland)
- "Twelvesong" (commissioned by Radio Bremen)

RELUCTANT GYPSY Wizard Records RVW-2279 [released 1979; lp only] includes: (all scored for multiple voices)
- "Autumn Signal" for multiple voices with electronics
- "Klee Alee" (commissioned by RIAS/Berlin)
- "quatre petites bêtes" (commissioned by Baack'scher Kunstraum)
- "ShadowSong" (commissioned by RIAS/Berlin)

TAPESONGS Chiaroscuro CR-196 [released 1978; lp only]
- "Cathing" for multiple voices
- "Thunder" for 6 tympani and voice with electronics

VOICE IS THE ORIGINAL INSTRUMENT Wizard Records RVW-2266 [released 1976; lp only]
- "Circular Song" for voice alone
- "Vocal Extensions" for voice with electronics
- "Voice Piece: One-Note Internal Resonance Investigation" for voice alone

Works by other composers (in release order, most recent first):

"CONCRETE" - Music and libretto by Robert Ashley. Singers: Robert Ashley, Sam Ashley, Thomas Buckner, Jacqueline Humbert and Joan La Barbara. Orchestra samples design by Robert Ashley. Mixing, mastering, and live processing by Tom Hamilton. (Lovely Music LCD 1010) [cd released 2008]

"Now Eleanor's Idea" - Music and libretto by Robert Ashley. Singers: Robert Ashley, Sam Ashley, Thomas Buckner, Marghreta Cordero, Jacqueline Humbert, Joan La Barbara, and Amy X Neuberg. Mixing and electronics: Tom Hamilton. (Lovely Music LCD 1009) [cd released 2007]

"Tracer" - Earle Brown/ Ne(x)works. Joan La Barbara, voice. (Mode Records 179) [cd released 2007]

"Foreign Experiences" - Text, music and direction by Robert Ashley. Singers: Sam Ashley and Jacqueline Humbert. Background Voices: Robert Ashley, Sam Ashley, Thomas Buckner, Marghreta Cordero, Jacqueline Humbert, Joan La Barbara, Amy X Neuburg. MIDI driven orchestra parts: Robert Ashley and Tom Hamilton. (Lovely Music LCD 1008) [cd released 2006]

"Folio and Four Systems" - Earle Brown. Joan La Barbara, voice. (Tzadik 8028) [cd released 2006]

"CELESTIAL EXCURSIONS" -Text, music and direction by Robert Ashley. Singers: Sam Ashley, Thomas Buckner, Jacqueline Humbert, Joan La Barbara and Robert Ashley. Electronic orchestra: Robert Ashley and Tom Hamilton. Mixing and live electronics: Tom Hamilton. Piano: "Blue" Gene Tyranny. (Lovely Music LCD 1007) [cd released 2005]

"Agatha" - music by Takuma Watanabe (ewlp-003) [cd released 2004]

"Lido" - music by Yoshihiro Hanno (Sony Music Japan International Inc., #SICL 64) [cd released 2003]

"Perigee & Apogee" - description: piano & chamber works by Beata Moon (Albany Records # Troy 426) [cd released 2001]

"DUST" - music and libretto by Robert Ashley. Singers: Robert Ashley, Sam Ashley, Thomas Buckner, Jacqueline Humbert and Joan La Barbara. Electronic keyboards: "Blue" Gene Tyranny; Electronic orchestrations by Robert Ashley, Tom Hamilton and "Blue" Gene Tyranny. Recorded by Tom Hamilton, edited & mixed by Robert Ashley and Tom Hamilton. (Lovely Music LCD 1006) [cd released 2000]

"Your Money My Life Goodbye" by Robert Ashley Robert Ashley, Sam Ashley, Thomas Buckner, Jacqueline Humbert and Joan La Barbara - voices; recorded and mixed by Tom Hamilton. (Lovely Music LCD 1005) [cd released 1999]

"Centering - the music of Earle Brown" Joan La Barbara, mezzo soprano w/ San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Stephen L. Mosko, music director (Newport Classic npd85631) [cd released 1998] includes:
- "Windsor Jambs"

"Only: Works for Voice and Instruments by Morton Feldman" Joan La Barbara, soprano; Ralph Grierson, piano; Erika Duke Kirkpatrick, cello; San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Stephen L. Mosko, music director Produced by Joan La Barbara and Michael Hoenig (New Albion NA-055) [cd released June 1996] includes:
- "Only" (1947)
- "Voice, Violin and Piano" (1976)
- "Vertical Thoughts 5" (1963)
- "For Franz Kline" (1962)
- "Voices and Cello" (1973)
- "Piano and Voices" (1972)

"John Cage at Summerstage" with Joan La Barbara, William Winant and Leonard Stein Produced by Joan La Barbara and Michael Hoenig (Music & Arts cd-875) [cd released September 1995] includes:
- "Music for Three"
- "Eight Whiskus"
- " FOUR6"

"XVII Concorso Internazionale 'Luigi Russolo' Do Musica Elettroacustic 1995" "They Wash Their Ambassadors in Citrus and Fennel" (Joan La Barbara-voice) music by Jon Christopher Nelson (limited edition 500 copies published)

"John Cage: Music for ..." San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Stephen L. Mosko, Music Director Joan La Barbara, Soprano includes:
- "Quartets I-VIII"
- "Music for Seventeen"
- (Newport Classic NPD 85547) [cd released 1993]

Larry Austin, "La Barbara" (Centaur CRC-2166, CDCM Computer Music Series, vol.13, "The Virtuoso in the Computer Age-III") [cd released August/September 1993]

Robert Ashley, "Improvement" (Elektra Nonesuch 79289-2) [cd released January 1993]

Morton Subotnick, "All my hummingbirds have alibis" (The Voyager Company cd-ROM LS36) [cd-ROM, released 1993]

Charles Dodge, "The Waves" (album title: ANY RESEMBLANCE IS PURELY COINCIDENTAL New Albion NA-045, cd released 1992) (prev. released: Perspectives of New Music,vol. 27, PNM27,1989 and MIT, private issue,1986)

John Cage, "The Perilous Night, Four Walls" Joan La Barbara, Soprano; Margaret Leng Tan, Piano (New A;lbion, NA037) [cd released 1991]

Philip Glass, "Music in 12 Parts" (complete) (Virgin Records, rerelease of 1974 recordings on cd, 1990)

John Cage, "Joan La Barbara singing through John Cage" works for voice alone and with instruments (New Albion NA-035, cd released 1990] includes:
- "A Flower"
- "Mirakus2"
- "Eight Whiskus"
- "The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs"
- "Nowth Upon Nacht"
- "Sonnekus2" w/"Je Te Veux", "La Diva de L'Empire", "Tendrement" (Erik Satie)|- "Forever and Sunsmell"
- "Solos for Voice 49, 52, 67" from "Songbooks"
- "Music for Two (by One)"

Morton Feldman, "Three Voices for Joan La Barbara" Produced by Joan La Barbara and Michael Hoenig (New Albion NA-018, 1989)

Morton Subotnick, "Jacob's Room"

(Wergo WER 2014-50, cd released in 1987) Morton Subotnick, "The Last Dream of the Beast" (THE ART OF JOAN LA BARBARA, Nonesuch 78029-1, lp released 1985)

Lou Harrison, "May Rain" (Musical Heritage Society MHS-4187; lp only; album title: PREPARED PIANO - THE FIRST FOUR DECADES, 1980, w/Richard Bunger - piano )

John Cage, "Solo for voice 45" from SONGBOOKS (TAPESONGS, Chiaroscuro CR-196, 1978; lp only)

Bruce Ditmas, "Aeray Dust" (Chiaroscuro CR-195, 1978) "Yellow" (Wizard Records #222, 1977; lp only)

Philip Glass, "North Star" (Virgin Records PZ-34669, 1977) for multiple voices "Music in 12 Parts" (Parts 1 & 2 only) for voice and instruments (Virgin Records, released on LP 1974)

Steve Reich, "Drumming" and "Music for Mallet Instruments, Voices and Organ" (Deutsche Grammaphon, 1974-LP box; rereleased on cd 1991) (previously released: John Gibson, Multiples, signed limited edition lp, 1971)

Garrett List, "Your Own Self" (Opus One Records, 1973; lp only)

Jim Hall, "Commitment" (A & R Horizon, 1973; lp only, arr. by Don Sebesky)

Stanley Silverman and Richard Foreman, "Dr. Selavy's Magic Theatre" (Rainbow Collection records, 1973; lp only)

The Living Theatre with Wavy Gravy (Hugh Romney) and The New Wilderness Preservation Band (1973)

Don Sebesky, "The Rape of El Morro" (CTI Records, released 1973; lp only)

Hubert Laws, "My Time Will Come" (Music Masters Jazz 01612-65100-2, "Malagueña", arr. by Don Sebesky recorded in 1973, rereleased on cd 1993)



top