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Miller Theatre to Present Three-Part Composer Portrait of Jean-Baptiste Barriere, 3/24-29

Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts continues the 2013-14 Composer Portraits series with a multi-faceted exploration of the work of JEAN-BAPTISTE BARRIÈRE, featuring: Raphaele Kennedy, soprano, Camilla Hoitenga, flute, Margaret Lancaster, flute, Aliisa Barriere, violin, and Nathan Davis, percussion.

The concert is set for Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 8 p.m. at the Miller Theatre at Columbia University (2960 Broadway at 116th Street). Tickets: $20-$30; Students with valid ID: $12-$18.

Special Exhibit: The Garden of Dreams will also be on view Monday, March 24 through Saturday, March 29 at the East Gallery, Maison Francaise (Buell Hall, Columbia University). It will be an interactive multimedia installation exploring the ephemeral world of dreams.

A special performance "Distant Mirrors" will also be held on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. at the Miller Theatre. It will be an international, live collaboration between two flutists: Camilla Hoitenga performing in Lyons, France; and Margaret Lancaster onstage at Miller in NYC.

From Miller Theatre Executive Director Melissa Smey: "Our Portrait of Jean-Baptiste encompasses a mainstage concert, a multimedia installation, and a live interactive performance that will bridge both sides of the Atlantic. Produced in collaboration with partners at Columbia's Maison Française and the Musée Gadagne in Lyon, France, this unique project will enable music and art lovers to explore the full range of this artist's fascinating work with digital media, images, and sound."

Miller Theatre's "ever-intriguing" (The New Yorker) signature series continues to celebrate the best contemporary composers from around the globe-emerging and established-with evening-length musical profiles. This season, all seven composers will participate in onstage discussions during their Portraits.

Jean-Baptiste Barrière is a key figure in computer music and multimedia art. A native Parisian, Barrière led the city's electronic-music mecca IRCAM for more than 15 years, and his piece Chréode is recognized as a seminal work in the history of electronic music. Many of his more recent works entail live manipulation of both audio and video. In this concert, Barrière premieres three pieces, one of which, Crossing the Blind Forest, was previously given an early reading at Miller's onstage Pop-Up series. A concurrent exhibition and related performance offer a fuller perspective on the composer's multifaceted artistic pursuits.

Chréode (1983)
Violance (2003)
Time Dusts (2001/2013) world premiere of new version
Crossing the Blind Forest (2011/2013) world premiere of new version
Ekstasis (2013) world premiere, Miller Theatre commission

Jean-Baptiste Barrière composer
Aliisa Neige Barrière violin
Nathan Davis percussion
Camilla Hoitenga flute
Raphaële Kennedy soprano
Margaret Lancaster flute

Jean-Baptiste Barrière: Jean-Baptiste Barrière was born in Paris in 1958. His studies included music, art history, philosophy, and mathematical logic. In 1998, he joined IRCAM in Paris, directing Musical Research, Education, and Production; he left in 1998 to concentrate on personal projects focusing on the interaction between music and image. His piece Chréode (1983) won the Prix de la Musique Numérique of the Concours International of Bourges in 1983 (CD Wergo). He composed the music of several multimedia shows, including 100 Objects to Represent the World by Peter Greenaway, which premiered at the Salzburg Festival in 1997. Barrière has also composed the music of several virtual reality and interactive installations by Maurice Benayoun, including Worldskin (Prix Ars Electronica 1998). He developed Reality Checks, a cycle of installations and performances questioning the concept of identity in the digital age. He directed the CD-ROM, Prisma: The Musical Universe of Kaija Saariaho (Grand Prix Multimédia Charles Cros 2000), and regularly realizes visual concerts of Saariaho's music, including her opera L'Amour de loin, performed in Berlin and Paris in 2006 by Kent Nagano and Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin. He directed visuals for concert versions of operas such as Olivier Messiaen's Saint François d'Assise with Kent Nagano and Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (which won the 24th Grand Prix du Conseil des arts of Montréal), and with Myung Whun Chung and Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio-France in 2008; and Alban Berg's Wozzeck with Esa-Pekka Salonen and the Philharmonia of London in 2009. During the 2011-2012 academic year, he was a Visiting Professor in the music department of Columbia University, and this year he is the Composer-in-Residence for the music department's Computer Music Center.

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