One of France's most prominent and forward-thinking musicians, Jean-Baptiste Barrière will join us for an evening discussion and performance of his latest works in music and new media. Barrière's talk, 'On the Frontiers of Music & Technology' will discuss his past and present work and how it lies at the intersections of French, American and International cultures. Barrière will also discuss his experiments and innovations in the integration of technology with music. Flautist and special guest Margaret Lancaster will join Jean-Baptiste for a special performance of his music.
Jean-Baptiste Barrière was born in Paris, France in 1958. He studied music, history of art, philosophy and mathematical logic. Parallel to composing, he made a career at Ircam/Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, beginning in January 1981 as researcher with the projects Chant (synthesis of vocal singing with computer), and Formes (control of synthesis and composition with computer). From 1984 to 1987, he directed Ircam’s Department of Musical Research, from October 1989 that of Education, and from 1993 to 1997 he headed the production department. 1997-98, he taught computer music composition at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki. In September 1998, he left Ircam to concentrate on composing.
Since winning the Prix de la Musique Numérique of the Concours International de Musique Electro-acoustique of Bourges in 1983 with his computer piece Chréode (published on Wergo), Barrière went on to compose the music of several multimedia shows, including (with Kaija Saariaho) Collisions, directed by Pierre Friloux and Françoise Gedanken and premiered in 1984 at the Festival Ars Electronica in Linz. Barrière also realized the music for an image synthesis installation made by Pierre Friloux for the International Festival of New York, which was exhibited during the summer 1988 inside a pillar of the Brooklyn bridge and then later at the Festival de Montréal.
During the Fall 2016, he is an artist in residence at the New School in New York where he is realizing a large interdisciplinary project involving all the departments of the university.