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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.

Aliisa Neige Barrière: Aliisa Neige Barrière (b. 1995) was born into a French-Finnish family in Paris, where her music studies have included violin, piano, chamber music, and choral as well as orchestral conducting. She studied violin with Renee Jolles in New York at the Preparatory Division of Mannes College of Music (2011-12), and as a winner of the Concerto Competition she played the first movement of the Khachaturian concerto in March 2012 at Symphony Space, New York. Apart from her studies at Mannes, she was a member of the Face The Music ensemble, directed by Jennifer Undercofler, dedicated to performing only music by living composers. In 2012, she continued her studies in Paris, in the 'Cycle de Perfectionnement' for young performers, playing violin and piano. Her recent engagements have included solo appearances as well as conducting. Aliisa won the New School Competition in New York and was awarded a full scholarship for four years of studies at Mannes College of Music, where she has studied since September 2013 with Lewis Kaplan (violin), Michael Adelson (conducting), and Todd Philips (chamber music). She is also a member of the Mannes Baroque Players, under the direction of Nancy Wilson. She plays a 1717 violin by Claude Pierray.

Nathan Davis: Inspired by natural processes and acoustic phenomena, composer and percussionist Nathan Davis makes music that elucidates essential characters of instruments and the fragile athleticism of playing them. He has received commissions from the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the Calder String Quartet, the Ojai Festival (for eighth blackbird and an installation by sound-sculptor Trimpin), Meehan/Perkins Duo, TimeTable Percussion, Concert Artists Guild, and the Moving Theater Dance Company, and received awards from the Jerome Foundation, American Music Center, Meet the Composer Commissioning Music USA, Argosy Foundation, MATA, ASCAP, and the ISCM. Lincoln Center inaugurated the new Tully Scope Festival in 2011 with the premiere of Nathan's 30 minute site-specific work "Bells", performed by ICE and praised by Anthony Tommasini in the The New York Times as "an alluring and pensive musical experience."

Camilla Hoitenga: Flutist Camilla Hoitenga travels extensively, performing solo repertoire of music ranging from pre-Bach to post-Stockhausen in venues as diverse as Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kremlin in Moskow, or Tongyeong, Korea. She has performed concertos written for her by composers Kaija Saariaho, Pèter Köszeghy, KenIchiro Kobayashi, and others with orchestras such as the London Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, and Royal Philharmonic of Stockholm, and with the radio orchestras of Helsinki, Paris, and Berlin. She has also specialized in the work of Japanese composers, dozens of whom have dedicated works to her. Her recordings, in particular those with Kaija Saariaho, have won awards in France, Great Britain, and in North America. Camilla Hoitenga holds degrees from Calvin College (B.A) and from the University of Illinois (M.Mus., D.M.A.). Her flute teachers were Darlene Dugan, Alexander Murray, Peter Lloyd and Marcel Moyse. Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Camilla Hoitenga now lives in Cologne, Germany.

Raphaële Kennedy: A passionate performer of early music, singer Raphaële Kennedy has worked with Jordi Savall, François Lazarevitch and les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, Jean Tubéry and La Fenice, A Sei Voci, European William Byrd ensemble, les Paladins, Le Poème Harmonique, and Les Demoiselles de Saint-Cyr, with whom she has made about thirty records and has given performances in festivals. She has more recently become an in-demand singer of contemporary music, sought after by composers such as Kaija Saariaho, Jean-Baptiste Barrière, Philippe Leroux, Mauro Lanza, Gianvincenzo Cresta, and Ben Foskett and by creative centers, appearing on renowned stages such as New York's Carnegie Hall and Miller Theatre at Columbia University, the Lucerne Festival, Salzburger Festspiele, IRCAM Paris, and GMEM Marseille, among others. She is a member of Solistes XXI (conducted by Rachid Safir) and an invited artist of TM+ ensemble conducted by Laurent Cuniot. Raphaële collaborates with various partners, including Sylvie Moquet, Marianne Muller, Virginie Descharmes, Stéphanie Paulet, Yannick Varlet, Jean-Luc Ho, Marc Wolff, and the organist and composer Pierre-Adrien Charpy, with whom she manages Da Pacem, an ensemble which specializes in early music in contemporary creation and in dialogue of cultures.

Margaret Lancaster "New-music luminary" (The New York Times) Margaret Lancaster has premiered well over 100 pieces and built a large repertoire of new works composed specifically for her. Performance highlights include the Lincoln Center Festival, Spoleto Festival USA, Santa Fe New Music, Whitney Museum, Edinburgh Festival and Festival D'Automne. She has recorded on New World Records, OO Discs, Innova, Naxos, and Tzadik, and was selected for Meet the Composer's New Works for Soloist Champions project. Noted for her inter-disciplinary performances, Lancaster, who also works as an actor, choreographer, dancer, and amateur furniture designer, presents solo and chamber music concerts worldwide and acts in Lee Breuer's OBIE-winning Mabou Mines DollHouse. Major support for Composer Portraits is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Francis Goelet Charitable Lead Trusts.

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