Barber is a study in contradictions. She is one of the most highly sought-after concert artists in jazz, and one of the most difficult to get. Her music is uniquely hers (and her fans’); she doesn’t explain it or herself (most probably the reason she has never been nominated for a Grammy). She doesn’t have a TV, she isn’t a voting member of NARAS. She is at once a big success and a well-kept secret.
She will turn down most offers, choosing instead to study, compose, practice the piano, polish a language, or tend to her family and garden. She is elusive but pulls out all the stops at the few venues where she chooses to perform throughout the year. She regularly sells out concerts in European Capitals from Lisbon to Moscow. Paris is her musical second home.