Salon Series: A Conversation with Artist Patricia Barber
June 7, 2018
NYU Washington, DC and the DC Jazz Festival presented an interview with American composer, songwriter, Jazz singer, and pianist Patricia Barber.
From her early days leading a jazz trio in small Chicago nightclubs, Patricia Barber has drawn extravagant accolades. The praise came at first from local writers, impressed by her unique arrangements and coolly composed piano improvisations. As she added vocals to her repertoire, the praise poured in from national reviewers intoxicated by her recordings. And when (after years of international touring) she began to focus on her own compositions, kudos arrived from new fans, besotted by her lapidary lyrics and her often indelible imagery.
Washington, D.C. based music journalist and DJ John Murph facilitated the conversation for the evening.
The NYU Washington, DC Salon Series: Conversations with Writers & Artists offers an opportunity for the NYU and Washington, DC community to meet and engage in dialogue with acclaimed writers and artists as they reflect on their craft. This program provides facilitated conversations that aim to illuminate the guests’ creative processes, discuss their current works, and explain the impact of their work on the world around us.
John Murph is a Washington, D.C.-based music journalist and DJ. His writing has been published in The Washington Post, The Washington City Paper, NPR Music, The Root, AARP The Magazine, JazzTimes, Down Beat, JazzWise and VIBE Magazine.
He's writing on many international cultural events in such places as Russia, Cuba, Portugal, Japan, the U.K., the Netherlands, Denmark, South Africa, Cape Verde, Panama, Norway, France, Turkey, Barbados, Belgium, Canada, Germany and Latvia. Some of Murph’s notable features include Down Beat’s December 2017, “We Out Here Documents the London Jazz Scene,” report of the Brownswood Records’ seminal new album that captures the current London jazz zeitgeist; Darmstadt Jazz Institut’s 2016 Gender and Identity in Jazz’s “Exploring the Queer Notions of Sun Ra’s Outer Spaceways,” an academic investigation into how Sun Ra’s incorporated various aesthetics associated with queer culture; JazzTimes’ December 2010 feature, “Rhapsody in Rainbow,” which explored how jazz members of the LBGTQ community touch upon sexuality through their music; and JazzTimes’ April 2014 feature, “Spin City,” an exploration between the links between modern jazz and DJ culture.