Paul Alan Barker, Composer

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Dunas. Dance score commissioned by dance company LAS PLÉYADES, Mexico. Artistic Director: Luis Arreguín; Toured 05-06 in Mexico, including Palacio Bellas Artes, Mexico City, Feb 2006.

Blue Riffs Modern dance score commissioned by Dancers Anonymous; performed at the Edinburgh Festival; alto/tenor sax, electric bass guitar, amplified piano, drums; ca. 20 mins. Commissioned with funds from the Arts Council of England

Deirdre Modern dance score commissioned by Dancers Anonymous and performed at the Edinburgh Festival; Sax, Fl, Piano, Voice, Percussion, ca. 20 mins. Commissioned with funds from the Arts Council of England

Mirrors of the Sea Modern dance score commissioned by Dancers Anonymous and performed at the Edinburgh Festival; Oboe, Cello and Piano, ca. 20 mins. Commissioned with funds from the Arts Council of England

The Last Sunrise Modern dance score commissioned by Dancers Anonymous and performed at the Edinburgh Festival; Percussion, ca. 15 mins. Commissioned with funds from the Arts Council of England

The Moon Sees Me Modern dance score commissioned by Dancers Anonymous and performed at the Edinburgh Festival; Lute and Oboe, ca. 20 mins. Commissioned with funds from the Arts Council of England

Alice Where Art Thou? Modern dance score commissioned by Dancers Anonymous and performed at the Edinburgh Festival: Piano, Oboe & Bassoon, ca. 20 mins. Commissioned with funds from the Arts Council of England

“Alice Where Art Thou?”, the major programme item and finale, choreographed by Bridget Crowley to Paul Barker’s music, was a superbly evocative exploration of Alice’s encounters in the worlds of fantasy and magic. From fear through bewilderment to joy and expectation, Susan Chapman as Alice is transported through a veritable spectrum of emotion and experience, meeting strange creatures of the imagination on the way…”Alice” is among Dancers Anonymous most distinctive creations to date. The Stage & TV today, 4.9.80

This year is a zenith for both her company and her choreograph. In her dramatic “Alice Where Art Thou?” she reflects hazy recollections in a looking glass where the images brilliantly recreate the perils of life. The company’s musical trio, versatile and virtuoso, are completely integrated…. The Scotsman, August 1980

Vox Humanis Modern dance score commissioned by Dancers Anonymous and performed at the Edinburgh Festival: Soprano and Baritone a cappella, ca. 15 mins. Commissioned with funds from the Arts Council of England

Frankenstein Modern dance score for Dancers Anonymous and performed at the Edinburgh Festival & London; Baritone, Flute, String Quartet and Piano, ca. 60 mins. Commissioned with funds from the Arts Council of England

…this ballet is a strong and startling work, with Bridget Crowley’s choreography compounded of powerful images, demanding sequences of mood and careful developments of the central theme, well expressed by the whole company to Paul Barker’s skillfully taut music. The Stage & TV Today, 12.4.1979



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