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Guggenheim Awards Patricia Barber

Singer and pianist Patricia Barber is among 184 artists recently awarded a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Barber won in the award category of Music Composition and will receive part of the $6,750,000 that the Foundation allotted for its 2003 fellowships. Past Guggenheim Fellows, who include Ansel Adams, Vladimir Nabokov and Langston Hughes, have been chosen on the past achievements and promise for future accomplishment. Having a kind of cult following and numerous favorable reviews behind her, Barber seems fit to get the Guggenheim prize. She plans to use the cash to support her while she continues her work writing songs in the jazz tradition—she’s currently working on a song cycle that draws inspiration from Greek mythology. In other Barber news, the songstress recently re-signed with Blue Note, who released her latest album, Verse, last year.

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