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  • Guy Barash: Talkback IV for piano and computer

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    Talkback IV for piano and computer (2010, Revised 2012)
    Piano: Kathleen Supové

    This piece is the fourth in a series of compositions for acoustic instruments and interactive computer processing. With Talkback, Barash explores new playing techniques, enhanced timbre and other sonic features that are characteristic of the instrument by magnifying subtle nuances of the instrument and bringing them to the foreground. Show less
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    PROTEUS @ The Tank
    21 May 2010

    Text: Nick Flynn
    Music: Guy Barash
    Video projections: Jared Handelsman and Brendan Byrne

    PROTEUS, by composer Guy Barash, is a musical rendition of author Nick Flynn's selected texts and excerpts from his newly released book, "The Ticking Is The Bomb". PROTEUS is a major work of multimedia incorporating multiple singers, a rock band, clarinet, violin, percussion and interactive electronics.
    In Greek mythology, Proteus is an early sea-god. He can foretell the future, but will change his shape to avoid having to; he will answer only to someone who is capable of capturing him. In this project, PROTEUS's monologue plays the role of the narrator. The Seven Testimonies for male voice, rock band and interactive electronics are the Greek chorus. Imagination for female voice and percussion explores the central theme of the work. TalkBack I for clarinet and computer, Synctax for female voice, percussion, and computer, and Talkback II for violin and computer serve as instrumental ritornellos.

    Featuring:
    Andrew Struck-Marcell (voice), Carol Minor (keyboard), Christopher Bush (clarinet), Joey Wilgenbusch (voice), Alex Kurland (drums), Jent LaPalm (bass), Emilio Tostado (guitar), Erin Heisel (voice), Kae Reed (percussion), Irene Fitzgerald-Cherry (violin), Guy Barash (computer).
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    PROTEUS
    Text: Nick Flynn
    Music: Guy Barash

    PROTEUS, by composer Guy Barash, is a musical rendition of author Nick Flynn's selected texts and excerpts from his newly released book, "The Ticking Is The Bomb". PROTEUS is a major work of multimedia incorporating multiple singers, a rock band, clarinet, violin, percussion and interactive electronics.
    In Greek mythology, Proteus is an early sea-god. He can foretell the future, but will change his shape to avoid having to; he will answer only to someone who is capable of capturing him. In this project, PROTEUS's monologue plays the role of the narrator. The Seven Testimonies for male voice, rock band and interactive electronics are the Greek chorus. Imagination for female voice and percussion explores the central theme of the work. TalkBack I for clarinet and computer, Synctax for female voice, percussion, and computer, and Talkback II for violin and computer serve as instrumental ritornellos.

    Featuring:
    Andrew Struck-Marcell (voice and keyboard), Christopher Bush (clarinet), Joey Wilgenbusch (voice), Alex Kurland (drums), Jent LaPalm (bass), Emilio Tostado (guitar), Erin Heisel (voice), Kae Reed (percussion), Irene Fitzgerald-Cherry (violin), Guy Barash (computer).

    World premiere: 17 February 2010 @ Galapagos Art Space
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    Blind Huber + TalkBack @ Greenwich House
    18 September 2011

    Guy Barash's TalkBack is a series of compositions for acoustic instruments and interactive computer processing. With Talkback, Barash explores new playing techniques, enhanced timbre and other sonic features that are characteristic of the instrument by processing subtle nuances of the instrument and bringing them to the foreground.

    An audio/visual rendition of poems from Nick Flynn's Blind Huber, the music presentation of Blind Huber is a second collaboration for composer Guy Barash, author Nick Flynn and visual artist Jared Handelsman. In his book, Flynn invites us to consider the intricate geometry of the beehive. Our guide to this new world is Blind Huber, loosely based on the eponymous eighteenth-century beekeeper whose fifty-year obsession uncovered most of what we know today about the hive. Guy Barash derived his structural/textural pallet for this piece from the geometry of the beehive and the sonic environment within and around it. For his video projections, Jared Handelsman has documented a yearlong cycle of honeybees around the Catskill Mountains.

    PROGRAM

    TalkBack I for clarinet and electronics
    Christopher Bush, clarinet

    TalkBack II for violin and electronics
    Josh Henderson, Violin

    TalkBack III for guitar and electronics
    Nadav Lev, guitar

    TalkBack IV for piano and electronics
    Carol Minor, piano

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    Nick Flynn reads poems from his collection Blind Huber with video projections by Jared Handelsman

    Blind Huber
    for soprano, tenor, clarinet, violin, trombone, guitar, piano, marimba and electronics

    ABOUT THE ARTISTS

    Guy Barash is a composer, arranger, curator and performer who collaborates with an array of artists on innovative, multidisciplinary projects. His compositions have been performed in venues throughout the US and Israel, including: The Stone; Galapagos Art Space; The Tank; Contemporary Music Biennial; The Left Bank; Bamat Meitzag and Tmuna Theatre; Haifa Museum and Haifa Cinematheque; and The Interdisciplinary Ring.

    Nick Flynn is the author of memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, the play Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins, two works of poetry, Some Ether and Blind Huber, and most recently The Ticking is the Bomb. He has been awareded the PEN/ Martha Albrand Award and fellowships from The Guggenheim Foundation and The Library of Congress. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, National Public Radio's This American Life, and The New York Times Book Review.

    Visual artist Jared Handelsman works in video, photography and sculpture. Recent solo exhibitions have taken place at Rockland County Museum, Nyack, NY; The Center for Photography, Woodstock, NY; and Bard Collage at Simons Rock, Great Barrington, MA. He has appeared in group exhibitions at Mohawk- Hudson Regional, UV Art Museum, UV at Albany, NY; and Sideshow Gallery, Brooklyn, NY. He has received fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Foundation, and The Fine Arts Work Center Provincetown.

    Blind Huber features Carol Minor, piano; Christopher Bush, clarinet; Joey Wilgenbusch, voice; Nadav Lev, guitar; Erin Heisel, voice; Kae Reed, percussion; Josh Henderson, violin; Sean Reed, trombone; and Guy Barash, live electronics.

    Blind Huber was commissioned by EMF with support from The Jerome Foundation.
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