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Composer Portrait: Jean-Baptiste Barrière

Composer Portrait: Jean-Baptiste Barrière : The Garden of Dreams
NEW YORK  •  Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts  •  Ongoing

Jean-Baptiste Barrière is a key figure in computer music and multimedia art. A native Parisian, Barrière led the city’s electronic-music mecca IRCAM for more than 15 years, and his piece Chréode is recognized as a seminal work in the history of electronic music. Many of his more recent works entail live manipulation of both audio and video. In this concert, Barrière premieres three pieces, one of which, Crossing the Blind Forest, was previously given an early reading at Miller’s onstage Pop-Up series. A concurrent exhibition, The Garden of Dreams (24 - 29 March), and related Internet performance (29 March) offer a fuller perspective on the composer’s multifaceted artistic pursuits.


Chréode (1983)
Violance (2003)
Time Dusts (2001/2013) world premiere of new version
Crossing the Blind Forest (2011/2013) world premiere of new version
Ekstasis (2013) world premiere, Miller Theatre commission


Jean-Baptiste Barrière composer
Aliisa Neige Barrière violin
Nathan Davis percussion
Camilla Hoitenga flute
Raphaële Kennedy soprano
Margaret Lancaster flute

Special Exhibit: The Garden of Dreams
24 - 29 March 2014
East Gallery, Maison Française (Buell Hall, 2nd floor, 515 West 116th Street)

This special installation by Jean-Baptiste Barrière is an amalgamation of sound and video, inspired by the dreams of visitors from around the world. Barrière’s multimedia environment incorporates recordings of dreams, submitted by users online at or recorded in special “Dream Station” booths placed at the exhibition sites, both at Columbia University’s Maison Française in New York and at the Musée Gadagne in Lyon, France.

Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts Website

Detailed schedule information:
8:00 pm

Contact: Miller Theatre at Columbia University School of the Arts
116th St. & Broadway
on the ground floor of Dodge Hall
New York, NY

Tel: (1) 212.854 77 99

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