shifting mechanism (cropped) (stage) 2 1994 Dance on the Beat WCMD 1 (orchestral) cropped dark 2 Ibi and viol (concerts) cropped with text James Hall (vocal)2 Film and text

Screen shot 10Composer Charlie Barber has a deserved reputation for creating and producing innovative performance and touring projects. He has worked in a wide variety of musical genres: orchestral and chamber works, film, video, music-theatre and dance.

His music draws on a wide range of influences and models bringing these together in a highly personal synthesis. Although the music of the American minimalists in the late 70s formed a starting point for his own music, equally important was the use and deconstruction of the music of the past and the influence of World music.

An important and crucial element has been his work across a number of different artforms, including dance, film, installation and performance art. This has resulted in a rich series of collaborations with artists in other disciplines.

His recent recordings and touring projects include: Ludwig, a musical tribute to Beethoven; music for Jean Cocteau’s Blood of a Poet, a surrealist classic of early cinema; Boulevard of Broken Dreams for string quartet; Salomé, for percussion quartet and voices written to accompany the 1923 film starring Alla Nazimova; and Afrodisiac, an exploration of ritual, love and magic through the cultures of Africa and the African diaspora.


Wales Arts Review (October 2013) interview

Ty Cerdd interview (April 2012)

Wales Online article Charlie Barber on the liberation of composing scores for silent films (March 2012)

Wales Online interview (October 2009)


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