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Todd Barton

Barton, Todd

After four decades of exploration Todd Barton is still delving deeply into the ever-expanding frontiers of musical expression: from his DNA derived Genome Music to his innovative scores for plays at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival; from performances of Zen Shakuhachi Meditation Music to avant-garde music for electronic synthesizers and computers; from performing with luminaries of jazz and poetry to lecturing on music and composition from the Middle Ages to the 21st Century.

Todd Barton is the Resident Composer and Music Director for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He is also the Director of Composition Studies for the Music Department at Southern Oregon University.

His compositions have been performed by the KRONOS Quartet, Oregon Symphony Orchestra, San Jose Chamber Orchestra, Southern Oregon Repertory Singers, the Shasta Taiko, and the Rogue Valley Symphony to name a few.

Barton has received numerous awards for his theater music including the ASCAP Award for Popular Music, Dramalogue Critics Award, and the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award.

His music has been heard on NPR’s Morning Edition, Westcoast Live, and the Curve of Wonder.



Lao Tzu-tao Te Ching With Ursula K Le Guin

Todd backs up renown author Ursula Le Guin in her own rendition of this seminal work.

Mountain Ghost Breathing

Barton's original compositions. Solo shakuhachi improvisation and wind chime as well as a piece compose entirely of digitally sampled shakuhachi.

Ro Ro

Works for 2.7 Jinashi flute

Shakuhachi Ma Shakuhachi Ma

T'ai Chi Shakuhachi

Shakuhachi improvisations recorded while observing the movement and forms of the martial art T'ai Chi Chuan.

Tracks Recorded

AkebonoShakuhachi Ma
Choshi (Don't know which version)Shakuhachi Ma
Chôshi (Yamato)Shakuhachi Ma
Hi Fu Mi no Shirabe (Don't know which version)Shakuhachi Ma
ImprovisationShakuhachi Ma
Kyorei (Don't know which version)Shakuhachi Ma
Moonlit CastleShakuhachi Ma
Mountain GhostRo
Mountain GhostShakuhachi Ma
TamukeShakuhachi Ma

The International Shakuhachi Society - 2018