Joan La Barbara

JOAN LA BARBARA's career as a composer/performer/sound artist has been devoted to exploring the human voice as a multi-faceted instrument, going far beyond traditional boundaries, creating works for multiple voices, chamber ensembles, music theater, orchestra and interactive technology. As an acknowledged pioneer in the field of contemporary classical music and soundart, she developed a unique vocabulary of experimental and extended vocal techniques, including multiphonics (the simultaneous sounding of two or more pitches), circular singing, ululation and glottal clicks that have become her "signature" sounds.