Facts About Water
Facts About Water
New York City, NY
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A prose-poem-like passage in Nick Flynn’s second memoir, The Ticking is the Bomb, provides the title for Guy Barash’s debut album, Facts About Water. This album represents Barash’s musical journey that started with them meeting one evening in a Brooklyn café in the fall of 2008 and developed into a fruitful collaboration.
Flynn’s memoir frequently delves into the Buddhist cycle of birth, life and death (Saṃsāra) and other themes in post-9/11 American life, and includes many water references. Barash’s album is a personal meditation on the fluidity of our perception, mindfulness amid a hyperactive society and the cyclical nature of being — all qualities present in abundance in his tumultuous string quartet, Wrong Ocean.
Barash developed a new aesthetic during this collaboration, investigating such ideas as simultaneity and synchronicity within the context of a psychologically-disorienting microtonal environment; exploring diverse sources such as the geometry of the beehive and the sonic environment within and around it from the perspective of Blind Huber, an 18th century beekeeper; redacted testimonies of Abu Ghraib detainees; and a shape-shifting, uncooperative deity with the gift of prescience.
Facts About Water was produced by internationally renowned composer and producer Elliott Sharp.
In 2012 Guy Barash was a composer-in‐residence at Turtle Bay Music School as a recipient of Exploring the Metropolis' Con Edison Composition Award. Currently he is a fellow composer in the American Opera Projects' Composers & the Voice program.
In 2010 Barash founded Eavesdropping, a new music series at The Tank (now hosted by Spectrum NYC).
"[Guy Barash] leads the listener through imagined landscapes, constructed of real-world artifacts and memories, altered and transformed in the narrative to expose significance not even ordinarily latent in them, but accessible only in the great mash-up of sound objects. ... His String Quartet No. 1 “Wrong Ocean” sounds heavily aleatoric or modular, but is completely and conventionally notated. Frightening, violent effects, simple in isolation, are arranged into complex combinations. Its density of composition and unrelenting visceral menace are reminiscent of George Crumb’s Black Angels. ... [A]ll the performers, too numerous to be named individually, displayed such dedication and proficiency, that they seemed extensions of the composer's will." [FULL ARTICLE]