CalArts Alumni Magazine

Barry Schrader (Music MFA 71)

Barry Schrader (Music MFA 71) and Wadada Leo Smith released a limited-edition CD single of Pacific Light and Water/Wu Xing—Cycle of Destruction. This is what Smith calls an “overlay” composition, combining works of two composers to create a new work. Merging Smith’s live performance of his piece Pacific Light and Water with Schrader’s electronic composition Wu Xing—Cycle of Destruction creates a one-of-a-kind duo. At Smith’s request, Schrader created a graphic score (available from Theodore Front Music) for Smith to follow and coordinate with the electronic music of Wu Xing. Images from the score are used in the graphic design of the CD cover and booklet. This performance was recorded live at REDCAT. Both Smith and Schrader are CalArts professors emeriti.