Profile:Barish Golland

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Barish Golland was born in 1977 in Istanbul Turkey, to Canadian and American parents. He studied cello in the Arts Program at Canterbury High School and jazz piano with David Hildinger in Ottawa, Canada. He then went on to study Composition at McGill University in the Faculty of Music from 1996-1998 with a minor in jazz piano studies.

Barish has performed on cello with the Ottawa Youth Orchestra, on jazz piano with the Nepean All-City Jazz Band and has performed his own compositions in concert.

Barish is currently composing choir music and spiritual songs for congregational worship, and continues to explore modal jazz improvisation.



Barish's early style (1993-1998) was influenced by modal jazz and modern classical music. Composers that influenced him in this period included Gyorgy Ligeti, Arvo Pärt, Steve Reich and Keith Jarrett. Currently Barish is exploring vocal music influenced by gospel and jazz harmony.

Early Works

Atrocia for Accordion, Vibraphone and Tenor Saxophone, 1994

Phrygian for Tenor Saxophone and Piano, 1994

Piece for Quartet for String Quartet, 1994

Shortwave Hegemony for Jazz Band, 1995

through a glass, darkly for 14 piece ensemble, 1995

Radical Peace for String Quartet and Bass drum, 1998

Religious Works

Praise the Lord, O My Soul, for 4-part choir and soloist, 2002

Sing of His Righteousness, for 4-part choir, 2006

I Love the Lord, for Vocalist and Piano, 2006

Musical Articles and Essays

THE SORROW SONGS AS LAMENTATION: A Comparative Study of African-American and Hebraic Song Texts

Recordings and Scores

Please visit Barish Golland's website for more details.