Music: Joan La Barbara
Dance: Martin Lofsnes
Joan La Barbara is a composer, performer, and sound artist who creates soundscores for film, video and dance. Her multi-layered compositions have garnered a Guggenheim Fellowship in Music Composition, DAAD Artist-in-Residency in Berlin, 7 NEA grants, and numerous commissions including Saint Louis Symphony, WDR-Cologne, RIAS, VPRO, Meet the Composer, and Radio Bremen. "73 Poems", her collaboration with text-artist Kenneth Goldsmith, was displayed at The Whitney Museum of American Art. ãFlash!ä was composed for violinist Ariana Kim and premiered at Juilliardâs Paul Hall in 2005. Flash! begins with a deer-caught-in-the-headlights gasp and hurtles forward at breakneck speed, fingers flying through flashing runs until the final strum and rapid snap pizz. Allan Kozinn of The New York Times wrote, ãFlash! had the spirit of an animated monologue.ä Violinist Ariana Kim is concertmaster of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans and has performed at such New York venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, Tenri Institute, The Kitchen, Issue Project Room, and The Stone. A senior artist of the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, she is studying with Robert Mann at The Juilliard School pursuing her doctorate.