a native of new haven, ct, double bassist and composer daniel barbiero has been active in improvised and experimental music and dance in the baltimore-washington area for several years as a performer, composer and ensemble leader. his music reflects his background in minimal, modal and non-genre specific improvisation, and interest in verbal, graphic and other non-standard methods of scoring for small ensembles. in addition to his solo work, he currently is a member of the free improvisation trio colla parte (with saxophonist perry conticchio and percussionist rich o’meara) and is music director for the nancy havlik dance performance group.
steve hilmy has been on the faculty of the george washington university music department since 1992 where he is the director of the electronic and computer music studio. he has won awards from such organizations as the southeastern composers league, ascap, bmi, the peabody conservatory, and the virginia center for creative arts, including first prize in the philip slates memorial composition contest for icarus falling (piano and electronics, 1989); the gustav klemm prize for composition at the peabody conservatory in 1991; and 2nd place prize in the prix d’ete II composition competition at the peabody conservatory for us (tenor saxophone and electronics, 1999). much of steve’s recent works have been cross-medium collaborations for dance, video, and live electronics.
their first album for pan y rosas, take a sound, consists of two improvisations for amplified double bass and realtime-electronic processing that daniel barbiero and steve hilmy performed in january and june of 2012. daniel also adds a solo bass improvisation that he later processed with a granular synthesizer and dedicated to steve.
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