BAR70W – Festival and Symposium

Kölner Gesellschaft für Neue Musik e.V., Germany


Born on December 27, 1945 in Calcutta, India, composer Klarenz Barlow is of English and Portuguese extraction and currently lives in California. Barlow’s time in Cologne began in 1968 with studies under B. A. Zimmermann and Karlheinz Stockhausen. In 2006 he was appointed Corwin Professor at UCLA Santa Barbara where he has lived ever since.
Already since the 1970s Barlow has used the computer as a medium in the composition process and is today world famous for his research in the field of algorithmic composition, language and sound synthesis and as a pioneer in conceptual compositional approaches. The impact of Barlow’s pioneering achievement has scarcely been recognized with minimal presentation of his work on recording media and concerts. To mark his 70th birthday in December 2015 Cologne’s New Music society Kölner Gesellschaft für Neue Musik took the opportunity to stage representative works of his oeuvre within the festival at the city’s Alte Feuerwache venue. The EvS Music Foundation is supporting the festival with the performative title BAR70W. The presented works are largely performances and European or German premieres. In addition to Barlow’s own works that are to be highlighted in a variety of presentation forms, an opportunity will also be given to acquainted and associated artists and musicians to join in by means of individual contributions in concert form.
The planned festival at Cologne’s Alte Feuerwache will be accompanied by a symposium entitled sounds & structure in language and music, in collaboration with the “Language Music Cognition Research Group” from the Arts Faculty of the University of Cologne.


July 10-12, 2016
Alte Feuerwache and Cologne University


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