Richard Barrett | Wales










Richard Barrett studied genetics at University College London and composition with Peter Wiegold, and currently divides his time between Berlin and London, where he holds a professorship in music at Brunel University. His work encompasses both composition and improvisation, ranging from orchestral music to innovative uses of live electronics and collaborations with visual artists. Current projects include CONSTRUCTION, a two-hour work for voices, ensemble and electronics, in collaboration with the installation artist Craig Walsh, commissioned by Liverpool Cultural Capital 2008 for the Elision ensemble, with whom he has worked regularly since 1990. Richard Barrett also continues his twenty-year collaboration with Paul Obermayer in the electronic duo FURT and performs regularly with Arne Deforce, Adam Linson, Evan Parker, Michael Vatcher, Ute Wassermann and numerous ensembles from both compositional and improvisational areas, including since 2005 the vocal/instrumental/electronic octet fORCH which he codirects with Paul Obermayer. His work as composer and performer is documented on over 20 CDs (including four discs devoted to his compositions and five by FURT) on ECM, Etcetera, Matchless, NMC, Psi among other labels.