Gestures is a collection of tunes I wrote over an extended period of time beginning with Faces in 1996, and ending with Balance, written in 2006. Many of these tunes have seen alternate forms, as I recorded some of them a couple of times before loosing all of them in the ‘great Barnes computer crash of 2006′.
The idea was to write a CD of tunes whose names would be based on visual art concepts. Originally I titled this CD ‘Sketches’, but decided to change it after experiencing Vince Mendoza’s excellent recording called ‘Sketches’.
In art a ‘gesture drawing’ is a type of sketch, so these tunes are all named after some double entendre related to drawing.
I rearranged them shortly after Revisionist History was completed. This recording was begun in April of 2008.
Alan O.W. Barnes is a creative professional from Damascus, Virginia who currently lives in Atlanta Georgia. In addition to graduating from the Atlanta Institute of Music where he attended on full scholarship while studying performance, Alan holds a BM from Belmont University in commercial music, composing and arranging emphasis, as well as a Masters Degree in Classical Composition also from Belmont University.
A professional musician since 1992, Alan has worked in a variety of styles and situations as a bassist, arranger, composer, audio engineer, and musical director. Some of the artists Alan has worked with include Third Day (CCM), Peabo Bryson (R&B), Tim Acers (Pop). Beehive (Funk), Doria Roberts (Folk), Randy Hoexter (Jazz), Thorten Price (Country), Knightyme Studios (film/video production), and many others.
Alan has also worked as a writer, graphic designer, and sequential artist since 1999. Clients include Knightyme Studios, Belmont University, Mayko Productions, Galleon Health, as well as many others.
Currently Alan is producing a series of original works in various media (rather than continuing to produce work for hire).
Along with his busy performance, production, and composition workload, Alan taught at the Atlanta Institute of Music for 8 years where he served as the head of the electric bass department, and while in Nashville, he held an adjunct faculty position at Vanderbilt University’s Blair School of Music from 2006-2008. Alan currently teaches Audio Production at the Art Institute of Atlanta.