Top Tens

UbuWeb Top Ten:
December 2009

Selected by Joan La Barbara

1. Agnes Varda - Plaisir d'amour en Iran (1976)
Reminded me of all that has been lost ...

2. Merce Cunningham - Points in Space (1986)
A wonderful doc about the making of the film and the work itself; great to see the guys happy and in action!

3. Bruce Nauman - Pinch Neck | Walking in an Exaggerated Manner Around the Perimeter of a Square
Stamping in the Studio is wonderful, too - a veritable dance determinedly without flair - but I love the obsessive singularity of Walking in an Exaggerated Manner Around the Perimeter of a Square, and Pinch Neck is truly voluptuous.

4. Kathy Acker - Redoing Childhood
Especially track 1: President Bush

5. Alfred Leslie & Frank O'Hara - The Last Clean Shirt
""The Last Clean Shirt" = life without seatbelts ...

6. Demetrio Stratos recordings
Start anywhere, listen as long as you like/can, choose another, listen, choose another; we will not see/hear his like again.

7. Jaap Blonk & Golan Levin - Ursonography (2005)

8. The World Record | Readings at the St. Mark's Poetry Project
It's all wonderful but especially Bob Creeley and Ted Berrigan.

9. John Giorno & Anne Waldman: "a Kulchur Selection"
The Fast Speaking Woman herself: Anne Waldman.

10. David Moss and Peter Rose - Siren

Joan La Barbara's career as a composer/performer/soundartist explores the human voice as a multi-faceted instrument expanding traditional boundaries, creating works for multiple voices, chamber ensembles, music theater, orchestra and interactive technology, developing a unique vocabulary of experimental and extended vocal techniques.