Composer Barbara White is a member of the faculty at Princeton University. She is currently completing work on her first CD, When the Smoke Clears, which features the New York New Music Ensemble. She is a founding member of Momentum Interdisciplinary Arts, a collective organization dedicated to fostering collaboration between visual and performing artists.
While at the Bunting, White plans to explore the relationship between preexisting musical works and her own compositional designs. From a reworking of a medieval chant to a deformation of a once-popular song, the composer uses multiple strategies to converse with familiar and obscure musical materials. White says, “During my year as a Bunting Fellow, I chose to engage deliberately and explicitly with my musical memories, creating new artifacts out of excavation, appropriation, and commentary. In composing the works, I was reminded of the constant recycling and revitalization of apocryphal stories, myths, and ‘urban legends.’ This process resembles the transmission of musical ‘fictions’ from one generation to the next.”
White earned her BA from Harvard/Radcliffe Colleges and her PhD in music composition and theory from the University of Pittsburgh. She received a Charles Ives Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1997, an ASAP Grant to Young Composers in 1995, a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Interdisciplinary Arts Award in 1997, and a fellowship from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts in 2000.