Richard Barrett, composer

Richard Barrett (1959) is internationally active as both composer and improvising performer, and has collaborated with many leading performers in both areas, while developing works and ideas which increasingly leave behind the distinctions between them. His long-term collaborations include the electronic duo FURT which he formed with Paul Obermayer in 1986 (and its more recent octet version fORCH), composing for and performing with the ELISION contemporary music group since 1990, and regular appearances with the Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble since 2003.

Recent larger projects include CONSTRUCTION, a two-hour work for twenty-three performers and three-dimensional sound system, premiered by ELISION in 2011, the hour-long life-form for cello and electronics, premiered by Arne Deforce in 2012, and world-line for electric lap steel guitar and ensemble for Daryl Buckley and ELISION, premiered in October 2014. He is currently working on a new evening-length project close-up – a collaboration with Ensemble Studio6 of Belgrade, where he has been based since the end of 2013 – and a new work for the Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart. He studied composition principally with Peter Wiegold, and currently teaches at the Institute of Sonology in The Hague and at the University of Leiden, having previously held a professorship at Brunel University in London. His work as composer and performer is documented on over 25 CDs, including six discs devoted to his compositions and eight by FURT.

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