To make this to happen, I alternate between the roles of creator and listener during the composing process. This attunement to a listener's perceptions is essential to the underlying psychological sense of pacing, inherent in creations dealing with time. The result is an intuitive balance between meeting the listener's expectations and providing unanticipated material, which in turn creates new expectations. "
With an unusual background as both an academically trained composer with a history of important commissions, and as an improvising harpist active in the diverse realms of non-traditional jazz, free-form experimental, improvised and classical music, LeBaron's work is infused with a broad palette of time and place. From Concerto for Active Frogs, which married a score of actual frog calls with live performers, to her blues opera, The E & O Line, in which train whistles metamorphose into live vocalizations, her compositions are saturated with vital, vivid life. As both a performer and composer, LeBaron draws her inspiration from a global cornucopia: Noh plays, Antonin Artaud, the French surrealist poets, religious history, ecology, and American popular music.
Born 1953, Baton Rouge, LA
1989 Doctor of Musical Arts, Columbia University, New York
1983 National Classical Music Institute of Korea
1978 M.A., Music, SUNY, Stony Brook
1974 B.A., Music, University of Alabama
1996 American Icons,
performed by the National Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C., Leonard Slatkin, conductor
1995 I am an American...My Government Will Reward You,
performed by Anne LeBaron in the "wie es ihr gefallt" festival, Berlin
1993 The E & O Line,
electronic blues opera presented in concert version by District Curators, Washington, D.C. Fully staged productions to be performed, September 1996, Washington, D.C., co-produced by District Curators and Opera Americana
1993 Story of My Angel,
performed by the Aspen Festival Chorus, Aspen Music Festival
1993 Devil in the Belfry,
performed by St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, National Academy of Arts & Sciences, Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Library of Congress
1990 Strange Attractors,
performed by the National Orchestral Music Project, Carnegie Hall, New York, Jorge Mester, Conductor
1988 Telluris Theoria Sacra,
performed by the Theater Chamber Players, Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.
1980 Rite of the Black Sun,
performed by the New Music Consort, Carnegie Recital Hall, New York
1993-96 Meet the Composer, "New Residencies" program, Washington, D.C.
1991 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
1991 New York Foundation for the Arts
1992, 90, 89, 81 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships
1980-81 Fulbright Full Scholarship, (Koln Musikhochschule)