Barbara White

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012 - 9:40 am

photo by Scott Whittle (1997)

In addition to being a prolific compsoer of chamber music, composer Barbara White has a long-standing interest in collaborative and interdisciplinary work, specifically in working with dance. In addition, she is an idiosyncratic clarinetist and is increasingly active as a video artist.  A recent performance, Desire Lines, places music for solo gong, clarinet, and Japanese bamboo flute alongside video, movement and onstage ceremony.  Other recent performances have been presented by the Aspen Music Festival, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, Earplay, Lontano, Eighth Blackbird, janus, and the Chameleon Arts Ensemble.  Honors and awards include a Fellowship from the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, three awards from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a 2003 Guggenheim Fellowship. Her third CD, My barn having burned to the ground, I can now see the moon, is forthcoming from Albany Records. White’s scholarly writings address such matters as the coordination between sound and image and the relationship between creative activity and everyday life, as well as the impact on music of gender, listening, and spirituality. In 1998, she joined the faculty of the Princeton University Music Department, where she is now Professor.