Caterina Barbieri is a Berlin-based Italian composer who explores themes related to machine intelligence and object oriented perception in sound through a focus on minimalism. Caterina explores the psycho-physical effects of repetition and pattern-based operations in music, by investigating the polyphonic and polyrhythmic potential of sequencers to draw severe, complex geometries in time and space.
Approaching music practice as an integrative cognitive feedback between humans and technology lies at the core of her current sonic research.
Barbieri holds a diploma in classical guitar and a bachelor's degree in electro- acoustic music from the conservatory of Bologna, Italy, alongside a bachelor's degree from the Faculty of Humanities and Philosophy of Bologna with a thesis in Ethnomusicology about Hindustani music and minimalism.
Since 2013 she has researched and produced music at Elektronmusikstudion in Stockholm, where she has intensively composed for the Buchla 200 system. Her debut album Vertical, composed for Buchla 200 and vocals, was produced between Elektronmusikstudion and the Royal University of Music in Stockholm and released via Important Records’Cassauna offshoot (8 October 2014). Since then, her work has been presented in festivals and venues such as The Long Now, MaerzMusik and Atonal (DE), CTM (DE), HKW (DE), Ableton Loop (DE), Moogfest (US), Mutek (ES), Barbican Centre (UK), Biennale di Venezia 2017 (IT), Universität zu Köln (DE), De Montfort University (UK), Manchester University (UK).
Her last solo LP Patterns of Consciousness (Important Records, 2017) has received critical acclaim and been named in several ‘Best of 2017’ music round-ups (Fact Mag, The Wire, Boomkat etc.). 2017 saw her release also the debut album of her collaborative project with Carlo Maria Punctum on Berlin’s imprint Summe.
Since 2016, Barbieri collaborates with the historical Berlin’s festival Atonal on multimedia productions including her collaboration with Kali Malone
Upper Glossa and is SHAPE artist for 2018.
“Barbieri offsets mathematical precision with a haze of effects to summon a liminal zone where time stands still. (...) Barbieri makes deep listening sound effortless” (Fact Mag)
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