An American composer from Shelbyville, Kentucky, Barry Sharp received his B.M. in composition from Murray State University where he also studied conducting, tuba performance, and music education. He is currently pursuing an M.A. in composition at the University of Iowa. Barry’s music attempts to exploit the gravity of a single note or notes, bringing about ominous tensions and atmospheres that can arise therein. Current projects include a piece for soprano, cello, and piano with a text by Friedrich Nietzsche; a piece for tuba and electronics; and a second string quartet. Barry has studied composition with Mike D’Ambrosio, Brian Ciach, Lawrence Fritts, and David Gompper.
LISTEN: String Quartet No. 1
Andrew Gentzsch, Violin 1; Rebecca Malina, Violin 2; Manual Tábora, Viola; Tom Maples, Cello