1947 in Philadelphia geboren,USA.|
Joan La Barbara's career as a composer, performer and sound artist has been devoted to exploring the human voice as a multi-faceted instrument, going far beyond its traditional boundaries, creating works for voices, instruments and interactive technology. "One of the great vocal virtuosas of our time" (San Francisco Examiner) and an important pioneer in the field of contemporary classical music and soundart, she developed a unique vocabulary of experimental and extended vocal techniques, including multiphonics (the simultaneous sounding of two or more pitches), circular singing, ululation and glottal clicks that have become her "signature" sounds.
La Barbara has collaborated on interdisciplinary projects with various visual artists, including Lita Albuquerque, Judy Chicago, Kenneth Goldsmith, Steina and Woody Vasulka.
Her works have been choreographed by John Alleyne for Ballet British Columbia, Martha Curtis, Catherine Kerr and Merce Cunningham ("Events").
La Barbara was educated at Syracuse and New York Universities. She gives workshops on extended vocal techniques and composition world wide; taught on the faculty of California Institute of the Arts (1981-86); served as Vice President of the American Music Center until 1993; co-Artistic Director of the New Music American Festival in Los Angeles (1985) and produces and co-hosts a weekly radio program, "Other Voices, Other Sounds."
The Kitchen, New York,
Museum of Modern Art, New York,
Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art, New York,
Albright Knox Gallery, Buffalo,
University of California, Berkeley, San Diego, Santa Cruz.
Nationalgalerie und Akademie der Künste, Berlin,
Louisiana Galerie, Daenemark,
Holland Festival 77, Amsterdam
Metamusik 3 Festival, Berlin
Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam,
Galleria Ala, Mailand,
1979 Audio Scene `79, Modern Art Galerie, Wien; 1979 Ton, in Dokumentation,
Skulptur und Installation, Modern Art Galerie, Wien, Galerie Krinzinger,
Innsbruck, Galerie Dany Keller, München; Galerie Pellegrino, Bologna.