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"Voice is the original instrument", a concert of music by Joan La Barbara

  • Sydney Conservatorium of Music 1 Conservatorium Road Sydney, NSW, 2000 Australia (map)

Level 1, Sydney Conservatorium of Music

An iconic figure in the field of contemporary classical music, Joan La Barbara performs her work encompassing the early experimental étude “Circular Song” through current music, using her signature extended vocal techniques and sonic atmospheres, her multi-layered textural soundscapes.

Joan La Barbara appears as part of the This Is A Voice exhibition produced by the Wellcome Trust in collaboration with the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences. Presented at the Powerhouse Museum 11 August 2017 – 20 January 2018. Co-Presented by Performance Space and Supported by Carriageworks.

A vocal virtuoso and sound artist whose presence looms large in the world of experimental music, Joan La Barbara began expanding the possibilities of the human voice in the ’70s. From multiphonic singing to circular breathing techniques, she developed a whole new vocabulary of trills, whispers, cries and clicks. Often using electronic elements in her compositions, she has collaborated with a stunning array of orchestras and composers including Philip Glass, Steve Reich, John Cage and her husband Morton Subotnick. A television and film composer, actress and educator, she’s currently on the Composition Faculty of NYU. 


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Later Event: October 19
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