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Conspicuously literate and restlessly inventive.
—The New Yorker
Few performers in or out of jazz are as consistently brilliant as Patricia Barber. . . . Brainy. Beautiful.
No one among active jazz performers melds notes and words with the powerful fragility, the delicate incision, the brazen honesty of Patricia Barber. As a pianist and vocalist, she is a force to be reckoned with. As a songwriter, she is pure devastation.
Internationally acclaimed American composer/singer/pianist Patricia Barber is back with another form-shattering collection of original material in her new recording Higher on ArtistShare, her first since the critically celebrated Smash (Concord, 2013).
Renowned as a singular songwriter for her harmonic sophistication and incisive lyrics, Barber has made several albums for Premonition and Blue Note Records that sold over 100,000 copies.
Barber, who won a Guggenheim Fellowship in Composition, once again brings thrilling original material into the jazz orbit. Featured on Higher is an art song cycle, “Angels, Birds, and I…,” that can be performed by jazz vocalists and instrumentalists as well as classical singers. In 2015, Barber toured an early version of the cycle in concerts with Renée Fleming. In 2016, she took the cycle to Chicago’s Harris Theater to open the prestigious Ear Taxi New Music Festival.
Performing here with her long-time jazz trio and guests, Barber juxtaposes “Angels, Birds, and I…” with some of her celebrated arrangements from the American Songbook.