Joan La Barbara (born June 8, 1947 in Philadelphia, PA) is an American vocalist and composer associated with contemporary music. She is a former student of Helen Boatwright and Marion Freschl. She has worked with her husband Morton Subotnick since 1979, as well with other contemporary composers such as John Cage, Robert Ashley, Morton Feldman, Philip Glass, Larry Austin, Peter Gordon, and the dancer Merce Cunningham. She has also worked with Kenneth Goldsmith. She composed the music for the Sesame Street animated segment “Signing Alphabet,” for electronics and voice.
- Voice Is the Original Instrument: Early Works (1976/2003). Wizard 2266/Lovely Music 3003.
- Sound Paintings
- Shamansong (New World Music)
- The Reluctant Gypsy (Wizard Records) RVW 2279
With Don Sebesky
- ^ Pool, Jeannie G. (Jan., 1979). "America's Women Composers: Up from the Footnotes", p.35, Music Educators Journal, Vol. 65, No. 5., pp. 28-41. "Joan La Bar-[<br>]bara, a major innovator in her use of voice in both live and taped electronic works."