NYPL Video: Joan La Barbara on John Cage and Vocal Performance

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Joan La Barbara's career as a composer / performer / soundartist explores the human voice as a multi-faceted instrument expanding traditional boundaries, creating works for multiple voices, chamber ensembles, music theater, orchestra and interactive technology, developing a unique vocabulary of experimental and extended vocal techniques: multiphonics, circular singing, ululation and glottal clicks that have become her "signature sounds," garnering awards in the U.S. and Europe including the 2008 Letter of Distinction from the American Music Center for her significant contributions to new American music; the 2004 Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition, the prestigious DAAD Artist-in-Residency in Berlin and seven National Endowment for the Arts fellowships: Music Composition, Opera / Music Theatre, Inter-Arts, Recording (two), Solo Recitalist and Visual Arts.

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Joan La Barbara
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