Episode 12: Joan La Barbara

Legendary composer, performer, and sound artist Joan La Barbara has had an undeniable impact on the course of contemporary vocal music. Her work with composers John Cage, Morton Feldman, Robert Ashley, and dozens of others—as well as her own work as a composer and vocal explorer— make her an icon in the contemporary vocal music world. She joins us this year on night two of Resonant Bodies Festival, on September 6th, at Roulette. In this interview we discuss her new opera about Virginia Wolf and Joseph Cornell, her compositional process, her work with Cage, Berio, and Feldman, and about her experience as a woman in the music world. Check out more about this podcast, including audio links to excerpts heard on the show, in our Show Notes page.