Jean-Baptiste Barrière is a French composer and multimedia artist dedicated to interactions between music and image. He conceives visual concerts and interactive installations staging these relations, sometimes on the basis of dramatic or poetic texts, as is the case with two pieces of this visual concert portrait.
Violance is a work for violin, electronics and video (on the myth of the massacre of the innocents), based on a short story by Maurice Maeterlinck, itself based on a painting by Pieter Brueghel the Elder. Ekstasis, for soprano, electronics and video, is inspired by the poems of two extraordinary women-activists, a mystical meditation by the philosopher Simone Weil, and a call for armed insurrection by revolutionary Louise Michel.
The program is completed by Chreode for quadrophic tape, considered today a masterpiece of electronic music, and two virtuoso works, Crossing for bass flute and piccolo, and Time Dusts for percussion, both involving electronics and live video processing.
Special guests include Aliisa Neige Barrière (violin), Camilla Hoitenga (flute), Raphaële Kennedy (soprano, recitant) and Gary Heaton-Smith (percussion).
Presented in collaboration with the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music as part of BEYOND MUSIC: Composition and Performance in the Age of Augmented Reality through the UCLA Arts Initiative.
Other BEYOND MUSIC activities include the following events. All are free and open to the public.
Bridging Music + Visual Art
Sat Nov 7 at 3 pm
Broad Arts Center, UCLA Campus
Keynote address from UCLA Design Media Arts professor Erkki Huhtamo followed by panel discussion featuring media artist Refik Anadol, media artist and composer Jean-Baptiste Barrière, interface designer Miller Puckette, video artists Candace Reckinger & Michael Patterson, composer Kaija Saariaho and moderator Robert Winter from UCLA Department of Music.
Immediately following the panel is a presentation from video artist Bill Viola and screening of the 1994 concert film Déserts, which was designed to accompany a live performance of the music of Edgard Varèse.
Erik Satie, Vexations for piano
Sat Nov 7 at 10pm
Ostin Ensemble Room, Schoenberg Music Building
All-night Music + Visual Media performance featuring visual media by Refik Anadol and 108 repetitions of Satie’s Vexations performed by UCLA school of music faculty and students.
Music + Visual Media Performance
Sun Nov 8 at 5:30 pm
Experimental Digital Arts space (EDA), Broad Art Center
Visual media by Candace Reckinger and Michael Patterson
Lou Harrison, “Passage Through Darkness,” from Tributes to Charon (1939/1982), for percussion trio
J.S. Bach, Partita No. 3: Preludio, for violin
Tristan Perich, qsqsqsqsqqqqqqqqq (2009), for 3 toy pianos + 3-channel 1-bit tones
J.S. Bach, Suite No. 2: Sarabande, for cello
Gene Koshinsky, " And So The Wind Blew…" (2009), for percussion duo
Performed by UCLA Department of Music students Alexa Constantine, Anna Corcoran, Thomas Feng, Gary Heaton-Smith, Mariam Kaddoura, Dante Luna, and Charles Tyler
Supported by Colburn Foundation, AVK Arts Antonia & Vladimer Kulaev Heritage Fund, the Hugo Davise Fund and FACE Contemporary Music Fund, a program of FACE. With major support from the Cultural Services of the France Embassy, SACEM, Institut Français, the Florence Gould Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.