TitleDual Reflections: A Conversation with Kaija Saariaho and Jean-Baptiste Barriere on Music, Art, and Technology
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsCampion, E
Secondary AuthorsSaariaho, K, Barrière, J-B
Tertiary AuthorsDeGruttola, D
JournalComputer Music Journal (MIT)
Start Page9
Date Published09/2017
Type of ArticleInterview
KeywordsArt, Interview, Music, New Music, Technology

During the fall of 2015, composer Kaija Saariaho took up residence as Bloch Professor in the Department of Music at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB). In addition to conducting master classes and private lessons with student composers, she participated in appearances at UCB’s Center for New Music and Audio Technologies (CNMAT) and at the Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities. Her music was performed by the UCB Symphony Orchestra and the Eco Ensemble, both with David Milnes; the Berkeley Symphony, conducted by Joana Carneiro; the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players; and the Left Coast Chamber Ensemble. Saariaho gave public Bloch Lectures, featuring conversations with distinguished collaborators. Cellist, long-time collaborator, and concurrent Regent’s Lecturer Anssi Karttunen appeared as soloist in the Cal Performances Saariaho portrait concert. Camilla Hoitenga, Jennifer Koh, and Susanna Malkki appeared on stage with Saariaho for lectures and live performances. One of the concerts and lectures presented during Saariaho’s residency was with long-time collaborator Jean-Baptiste Barriere, the Parisian composer ` and visual artist. Barriere worked from 1981 to 1997 ` at Institut de Recherche et de Coordination Acoustique/Musique (IRCAM), successively as director of Musical Research, Pedagogy, and Production. Barriere held the first David Wessel Residency in ` Music and Science at CNMAT in the fall of 2015. He performed a multimedia concert at UCB’s Hertz Hall on 28 October of that year, where his historical electronic piece Chreode ´ was played. Also performed were Violance, for flutes and electronics, performed by Camilla Hoitenga, and Ekstasis, for soprano and electronics, based on two texts by Simone Weil and Louise Michel and sung by soprano Raphaele ¨ Kennedy. On 1 December 2015 I interviewed Saariaho and Barriere (see Figure 1) at CNMAT in Berkeley. ` Saariaho had just completed her Bloch Residency and Barriere had just ended his David Wessel Music ` and Science Fellow Residency. The interview has been extensively edited by Danielle DeGruttola in close consultation with the interviewees.