Natasha Barrett

Natasha Barrett’s works are out there! They have been performed in concert in Ann Arbor, Arras, Bagnolet, Barcelona, Baton Rouge, Belfast, Bergen, Berlin, Birmingham, Bologna, Bourges, Bowling Green, Brest, Brussels, Cagliari, Edinburgh, Eidsvoll, Florence, Galliate, Gothenburg, Harstad, Helsinki, Huddersfield, Ithaca, Leicester, London, Lund, Madrid, Malmö, Manchester, Marseille, Montpellier, Montréal, Morelia, New York City, Nîmes, Oslo, Paris, Richmond, San Francisco, Santiago, Seattle, South River, St John’s, Stanford, Stavanger, Thessaloniki, Toronto, Trondheim, Troy, Udine, Utrecht, Villeneuve d’Ascq, Vitoria-Gasteiz, Weimar and Wrocław…

Natasha Barrett works fore-mostly with composition and creative uses of sound. Her output spans concert composition through to sound-art, large sound-architectural installations, collaboration with experimental designers and scientists, acousmatic performance interpretation and more recently live electroacoustic improvisation. Whether writing for live performers or electroacoustic forces, the focus of this work stems from an acousmatic approach to sound, the aural images it can evoke and an interest in techniques that reveal detail the ear will normally miss. The spatio-musical potential of acousmatic sound features strongly in her work.

Barrett studied with Jonty Harrison (University of Birmingham, England, UK) and Denis Smalley (City University, London, England, UK) for masters and doctoral degrees in composition. Both degrees were funded by the humanities section of the British Academy.

Since 1999 Norway has been her compositional and research base for an international platform.

Natasha Barrett works are performed and commissioned throughout the world. Her installations have been set-up in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Australia. As a performer of acousmatic works she travels over the world to collaborate with loudspeaker orchestras, smaller diverse solutions, and sound-art projects.

Her composition has received numerous recognitions, most notably the Giga-Hertz-Preis (Karlsruhe, Germany, 2008), Nordic Council Music Prize (Scandinavia, 2006), Bourges International Electroacoustic Music Awards (France, 1995, ’98, 2001, ’06), Edvard Prize (Norway, 2004), Noroit-Léonce Petitot (Arras, France, 1998, 2002), 9th IREM (2002), Musica Nova (Prague, Czech Republic, 2001), Concurso Internacional de Música Eletroacústica de São Paulo (CIMESP ’01, Brazil), Concours SCRIME (France, 2000), Ciber@RT(Spain, 1999), Prix Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria, 1998), and Luigi Russolo Competition (Italy, 1995, ’98).

Her work is available on numerous recording labels, including Albedo, Aurora, Centaur, Elektron, empreintes DIGITALes, Euridice, Mnémosyne Musique Média, and +3dB.

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Natasha Barrett

Norwich (England, UK), 1972

Residence: Hvalstad (Norway)

  • Composer

On the web

Natasha Barrett [Photo: Jan Erik Breimo, Hvalstad (Norway), September 4, 2016]
Natasha Barrett [Photo: Jan Erik Breimo, Hvalstad (Norway), September 4, 2016]

Calendar

Broadcasts

Date Work Program
September 30, 2019 Natasha Barrett, Racing Unseen (1996) Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)
July 7, 2019 Natasha Barrett, Dusk’s Gait (2018) RTQE / WORT 89.9 FM (USA)
March 24, 2019 Natasha Barrett, Exploratio Invisibilis (2003) RTQE / WORT 89.9 FM (USA)
May 21, 2018 Natasha Barrett, Surf (1997) Les territoires du son 12.34 / Radio Saint Ferréol (France)
March 25, 2018 Natasha Barrett, Sand Island Martian Gardens #926 / Global Community Radio Channel 2 (USA)
February 18, 2018 Natasha Barrett, Racing Through, Racing Unseen (1996) Capsule acousmatique no 21 / Radio Douves (France)
January 5, 2018 Natasha Barrett, Industrial Revelations (2001) Crack O’Dawn / KPFA 94.1 FM (USA)
December 14, 2017 Natasha Barrett, Gentle Sediment (Barely: part-3) (2008) Martian Gardens #912 / Global Community Radio Channel 2 (USA)
October 2, 2017 Natasha Barrett, Little Animals (1997) Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)
June 8, 2017 Natasha Barrett, Kongsberg Silver Mines Martian Gardens #888 / Global Community Radio Channel 2 (USA)
June 5, 2017 Natasha Barrett, The Utility of Space (2000) Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)
February 6, 2017 Natasha Barrett, Swaying to See (1995) Acoustic Frontiers / CKCU 93.1 FM (Canada)

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