In 1958, with Emile de Antonio and Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns formed Impresarios, Inc., which sponsored two performances of new music and dance in New York. Performed by pianist Adam Tendler with vocalist Joan La Barbara, all the works in this program reflect the close collaboration and inter-relationships of Jasper Johns with John Cage and Merce Cunningham, or were performed at the Impresarios, Inc. events. Most notable is the now-legendary 25-Year Retrospective of the Music of John Cage at Town Hall in New York City that took place on May 15, 1958.
- “RainForest,” David Tudor
- “Sonatas and Interludes" (Parts 1 & 2), John Cage
- “For Piano 1,” Christian Wolff
- “Three Pieces for Piano,” Morton Feldman
- “Dream,” John Cage
WITH JOAN LA BARBARA
- “Telephones and Birds,” John Cage (with excerpt of Merce Cunningham Dance Company video Travelogue)
- “Concert for piano" with "Aria" and "Fontana Mix,” John Cage
“Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs,” John Cage
- “Nowth upon Nacht,” John Cage
ABOUT JOAN LA BARBARA
Joan La Barbara, composer, performer, sound artist and actor, is renowned for developing a unique vocabulary of experimental and extended vocal techniques (multiphonics, circular singing, ululation and glottal clicks, her “signature sounds”), influencing generations of other composers and singers. Awards and honors include Foundation for Contemporary Arts John Cage Award (2016); Premio Internazionale Demetrio Stratos for experimental music; DAAD-Berlin and Civitella Ranieri Artist-in-Residencies; Guggenheim Fellowship; 7 National Endowment for the Arts awards (Music Composition, Opera/Music Theater, Inter-Arts, Recording, Solo Recital, Visual Arts); and American Music Center’s Letter of Distinction for her significant contributions to contemporary American music. Her numerous commissions for multiple voices, chamber ensembles, orchestra, interactive technology, soundscores for dance, video and film and a score for voice and electronics for Sesame Street broadcast worldwide since 1977. She has collaborated with visual artists Matthew Barney, Judy Chicago, Ed Emshwiller, Kenneth Goldsmith, Bruce Nauman, Steina, Woody Vasulka and Lawrence Weiner, and premiered landmark compositions including Morton Subotnick’s chamber opera Jacob’s Room, and multimedia works Hungers and Intimate Immensity; Robert Ashley’s operas Now Eleanor’s Idea, Dust, Celestial Excursions, Improvement and Concrete; Philip Glass and Robert Wilson’s Einstein on the Beach; Morton Feldman’s Three Voices; Steve Reich’s Drumming and John Cage’s Eight Whiskus and Solo for Voice 45 from Song Books. In addition to her internationally acclaimed recordings of Feldman and Cage, her seminal works from the 1970s, Voice is the Original Instrument, Sound Paintings (Lovely Music) and Shaman-Song (New World) and Mode Records’ recent CD and Blu-Ray surround-sound release The Early Immersive Music of Joan La Barbara, she has recorded for A&M Horizon, Centaur, Deutsche Grammophon, Nonesuch, Music & Arts, MusicMasters, Musical Heritage, New Albion, Newport Classic, Sony, Virgin, Voyager and Wergo. Film work includes creating the character voice for the “Alien Newborn” in Alien: Resurrection, vocal work on John Frizzell’s score for I Still Know What You Did Last Summer and a portion of her work, “Erin,” was included in Johann Johannsson’s score for Arrival. La Barbara was Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall’s multi-year series, “When Morty Met John”; co-founder of the composers collective Ne(x)tworks; artist faculty at New York University, teaching music composition; and Performing Arts faculty of Mannes/The New School; composer and publisher member of ASCAP; member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA. She is composing a new opera inspired by Virginia Woolf and Joseph Cornell.