BOOK (back)

Now available from Vision Edition: my book Music of Possibility. From the back cover:

In this book, Barrett not only contextualises his compositional and improvisational practices, he presents lucid commentaries on his recent work and concludes with five critical dialogues that consider early and recent creative practice, artistic interactions and collaborations, particularly how we might get away from the received norms of how these might function. The author's passion and enthusiasm for 'thinking about creative thinking' will appeal to the "innovator-in-their-bedroom", the improviser, the composer but also anyone interested in artistic innovation: as such, it is a "book of possibility”. (Michael Spencer)

Richard Barrett brings the same incisive attention to detail and relevance to his writings on music as he does when making music. This is a brilliant account of the transition from the twentieth into the twenty-first century from a practitioner at the leading edge of music’s development. (Evan Parker)

A strikingly individual artist who questions the notion and the value of individuality – by working closely with performers, sometimes in contexts where improvisation has an important role – Richard Barrett lives that paradox to produce music of consistent exploration and urgency. Hence, too, no doubt, the lack of self-regard in this quietly explosive invitation to think differently – about music and about ourselves. (Paul Griffiths)

This is not just an invitingly readable guide to Richard Barrett’s fascinating music, it also outlines a genuinely inspiring artistic philosophy involving some of the most compelling ideas about contemporary music and how to make it. For me, Barrett’s contribution is essential to any understanding of the larger picture of creative music today. (Rachel Campbell)