tags: Guy Barash

Unreasonable Visions

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Screen Shot 2015-02-23 at 2.03.29 PMThe Momenta Quartet joins with friends for a fascinating evening of games, visions, and sublimities. From Teheran comes Idin Samimi Mofakham’s transcendent Mirage, a slowly unfolding apparition for percussion and trio, while Eric Nathan’s vision for the quartet is heard in the compelling Four to One. Impossibilities are ever-present in Michalis Paraskakis’s Not Yet II, in which a clarinet’s subtle microtonal bendings, blendings, and bleatings challenge the quartet. Oboe and percussion join the fray for Daniel Moreira’s Das Nein-Doch Spiel: a persuasive take on the unwinnable children’s game of yes and no. While Guy Barash’s ambitious String Quartet poses its own challenges. The evening closes with a new work from MATA’s own Alex Weiser.

Michalis Paraskakis (Greece): Not Yet II (2012-14), WP
Daniel Moreira (Brazil): Das Nein-Doch Spiel (2011, rev. 2012), AP
Guy Barash (Israel / USA): String Quartet No. 1 “Wrong Ocean” (2012)
Alex Weiser (USA): New Work for Clarinet and String Quartet (2015), WP
Eric Nathan (USA): Four To One (2011)
Idin Samimi Mofakham (Iran): Mirage (2012)  

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Guy Barash

Friday, February 27th, 2015

Guy Barash by Joanna Williams

Guy Barash is a composer of contemporary music. His opus includes orchestral, chamber, vocal, and electroacoustic compositions, as well as music for theater. He has written an extensive body of work that incorporates text in various settings and arrangements. In his music, Barash generates a multi-metric environment where he explores concepts of time such as simultaneity, synchronicity, and geometricity. Barash often uses computer processing to exploit latent characteristics of acoustic instruments and alter the relationship between foreground and background. He collaborates with a wide array of artists (poets, video-artists, musicians and choreographers) on innovative, multidisciplinary projects.

Mr. Barash’s work for lyric theater includes the opera Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins, currently in workshop and development as part of his fellowship in the American Opera Projects Composers & the Voice program. His multimedia theater piece Hildegard (Vision Cycle), conceived of in concert with the Pioneers Go East Collective was presented in 2013 at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club.

In 2010 Barash founded Eavesdropping, new music series at The Tank. Since 2013 Eavesdropping is hosted by Spectrum. His debut album, Facts About Water, was released May 2014 on Innova Recordings.