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Barbara Held

Flutist BARBARA HELD spent the 1970s, the time of Spain's democratic transition, in Barcelona where she worked in close contact with some of the leading composers, such as Carles Santos, Federic Mompou, Lloreoan Brossa. She performed the Spanish premiere of Joaquin Rodrigo's Concerto Pastoral with the Spanish National Orchestra in Madrid. In 1979 she moved to New York, where she was flutist of the Bowery Ensemble, directed by composer Nils Vigeland. Called one of " music's most valued performers" by Village Voice critic Kyle Gann, she collaborated with composers such as Robert Ashley, David Behrman, Eleanor Hovda, Brenda Hutchinson, Jin Hi Kim, Alvin Lucier, Phill Niblock, Elliot Sharp and Yasunao Tone. Now once again based in Barcelona, her work is often combined with image, recent projects including a short film with Jordi Cadena, a series of video works with Toni Serra, concerts in collaboration with Eugenia Balcells and live video artists Nancy Meli Walker and Benton Bainbridge, a piece for trapeze artist and construction crane with visual artist Francesca Llopis and an installation with conceptual artist Pere Nogueara.