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Barbara Monk Feldman: Biography

Barbara Monk Feldman
1953 -
Region: Ontario

Barbara Monk Feldman

Monk Feldman, Barbara (b. 1950s, Québec province). Canadian composer of mostly chamber works that have been performed in Asia, Europe and North America.

Ms. Monk Feldman studied composition with Bengt Hambræus at McGill University in Montréal from 1980-83, where she earned her MMus. She then studied with Morton Feldman, to whom she was later married, at the State University of New York at Buffalo from 1984-87 and there earned her PhD, on the Edgard Varèse Fellowship.

Numerous performers have played her works, including the Arditti String Quartet, clarinettist Roger Heaton, pianists Yvar Mikhashoff, Ursula Oppens, Frederic Rzewski, and Aki Takahashi, percussionists Steven Schick, Robyn Schulkowsky and Jan Williams, and cellist Frances-Marie Uitti.

Her music has been premièred at Darmstadt and the festivals Inventionen in Berlin, Nieuwe Muziek in Middelburg, Other Minds in San Francisco, and Toronto New Music and in the Rotonda in Tokyo. BBC, BRT, CBC, HR, and WDR have recorded her works. She served on the faculty at Darmstadt in 1988, 1990 and 1994 and has guest-lectured at the Hochschule der Künste in Berlin and has lectured and taught at universities in Canada and the USA.

Her research in music and the visual arts has led to collaborations with numerous artists, including Stan Brakhage, whose hand-painted film Three Homerics was created specifically for use with her piece Infinite Other.

She founded the Time Shards Music Series at the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe in 2001 and has since served as its artistic director. Her article Music and the Picture Plane has appeared in the RES Journal of Anthropology and Aesthetics (1997) and Contemporary Music Review (1998).

The Canadian Music Centre and Frog Peak distribute her music.

E-mail address for consulting scores: fp@frogpeak.org

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