In 2011 Patricia Barber has just finished a new 'live' album of the Patricia Barber Quartet recorded ' by Chris Grabowski at the wildly popular Green Mill residency. “Monday Night, vol2” is available through her website: patriciabarber.com She is also putting the finishing touches on other Floyd Records projects, one a DVD entitled Patricia Barber & Kenny Werner— 'Live' in Concert . This chronicles a resplendent evening with Patricia and Kenny and two 9' Steinway pianos at the sold-out 1000 seat Pick- Staiger Auditorium—this DVD will be available in the spring. Patricia is also and mostly busy finishing a set of all original songs for an eagerly awaited album to be called, Synchronicity due out in the fall.
These days you wil hear Patricia playing most often with her Quartet, the pbq, with Neal Alger on guitar, Larry Kohut on bass, and Eric Montzka on drums. This Quartet continues to develop new, innovative ways of presenting jazz and remains the crowd favorite. Patricia is also performing concerts with personnel stepping into the Quartet from Paris, NY, Fargo, Brazil and beyond. She is performing with classical musicians, solo, leading a variety of different enesembles and composing commission works for musicals, classical groups, singers, and jazz ensembles. This year's bookings have her all over the world, starting with the historic double-bill with Kenny Werner, followed by a residency at the Jazz Standard in NY and continuing the year in Macedonia, Turkey, San Francisco, South Africa, etc. and of course, France.
For most concert artists, this would be a light schedule, and she likes it that way. It leaves her time to read, think, compose, work with her trio and quartet at the legendary Green Mill in Chicago on Monday nights, and live her life in a self-designed art orbit, allowing her to pen some of the most original and lasting music being written anywhere. In 2003, Barber received the first Guggenheim Fellowship ever awarded to a songwriter. The task, to compose a song cycle based on Ovid's Metamorphosis, resulted in the category-defying Mythologies for jazz quintet, child rappers, gospel choir, and backup singers. Mythologies, promoted with major sponsorship by Blue Note Records, and The Poetry Foundation and the Museum of Modern Art, like others of Barber's recording projects and concerts, garnered spectacular reviews while leaving a few dazed and confused. This seems to be Barber's path—to break ground by devoting her life to building repertoire that is by turns smart, funny, sad, trashy, elegant, alternative, contemporary/classical, hip, and cutting-edge, but in the end is truly and deeply jazz.