Guitarist/composer A. Spencer Barefield has received numerous
grants for compositions from ArtServe Michigan-MCACA, Meet-the-
Composer/NEA Commission USA, Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest, National
Endowment for the Arts, Michigan Council for Arts, Arts Midwest and others.
He has toured and recorded in the U.S., Canada, and Europe, extensively as a
leader, soloist, and with Lester Bowie, Roscoe Mitchell, Oliver Lake, Andrew
Cyrille, Richard Davis and others. Barefield’s recordings “Live Detroit” and
“Xenogenesis 2000” (CAC label), and his Sound Aspects (Germany) releases
“After the End” and “Live at Leverkusen” have received rave international reviews
and honors, including best new release in Cadence Critics’ Poll, Jazz Times (guitar
issue), Metro Times Music Awards and others.
He is the Artistic and Executive Director of the Creative Arts Collective (CAC),
whose concerts at the Detroit Institute of Arts and elsewhere earned CAC the
Michigan’s Governor’s Arts Award for excellence and international recognition for
its innovative presentations