2012 Composer Spotlight: Guy Barash

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2012 Composer-in-Residence Guy Barash


Today’s spotlight features Guy Barash. A recent transplant from Israel, the multi-talented composer, sound artist, performer, arranger and curator represents the best in cutting edge new music, and has quickly risen to become an exciting contributor to the city’s music scene. Guy was a 2010 Jerome Foundation Award winner, and a composer-in-residence at the Electronic Music Foundation. Guy is also the contemporary music curator at The Tank. Listening to the wide range of Guy’s compositions is mesmerizing and thought provoking – through his creative juxtaposition of acoustic instruments and technology, use of text, subject matter and cross-disciplinary collaborations. Take a listen here. (Warning: You may want to allot some time for a listen. I ended up listening to ALL of the samples several times!)

For his spring residency at Turtle Bay Music School, Guy plans to begin work on a large-scale chamber opera in collaboration with award-winning writer, poet and playwright Nick Flynn. Flynn’s latest play “Alice Invents a Little Game and Alice Always Wins” revolves around four strangers who meet on a NYC sidewalk during a blackout. To encompass the full range of Flynn’s language and characters, Guy’s score will include an instrumental ensemble, vocal soloists and choir, a rock band and real-time digital signal processing.


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