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Elizabeth A. Baker

Saint Petersburg, FL            

Celebrated for her “terrifying dynamic range,” cleanliness of sound, as well as unique sensitivity and ability to sculpt her performance for the acoustics of a space, Elizabeth A. Baker is a dramatic performer with an honest, near psychic connection to music, which resounds with audiences of all ages and musical backgrounds. As a creator, her understanding of sonic space from organic intuition and studies in music production, pair with a unique eclectic voice, making for a spatial and auditory experience of music. Eschewing the collection of traditional titles that describe single elements of her body of work, Elizabeth refers to herself as a “New Renaissance Artist” that embraces a constant stream of change and rebirth in practice, which expands into a variety of media, chiefly an exploration of how sonic and spatial worlds can be manipulated to personify a variety of philosophies and principles both tangible as well as intangible.

Elizabeth has received considerable recognition from press as well as scholars,  for her innovative conceptual compositions and commitment to inclusive programming. In addition to studies of her work, Elizabeth has been awarded several fellowships, grants, and residencies to further her artistic endeavours. An active advocate for the arts she founded The New Music Conflagration, Inc., a Florida-based nonprofit dedicated to furthering the work of contemporary musicians and composers; in addition in 2016 she established the Florida International Toy Piano Festival, to create a platform for serious toy piano concert works. Elizabeth is author of Toyager: A Toy Piano Method, the first comprehensive instructional book for toy piano, featuring principles of technique, practice strategies, music notation, as well as improvisational tactics. Additional books include a multimedia collection of writings and photographs called Musings of a Young Composer and Compositions for the Contemporary Student Pianist, an anthology of solo piano pieces. As a solo artist, Elizabeth has self-released numerous albums including: {this is not a piano album}(2016), A Series of Strange Narratives (2015), A Sonic Memory Quilt (2015), Music for Possible Probable Ghost Listeners (2015), {BAGGAGE CLAIM} (June 2015), and Solo Piano Compositions In Recital (2011). In 2017, Elizabeth signed with California-based Aerocade Music, her first release on the label, Quadrivium was released in May 2018 to rave reviews. In late-2018 Elizabeth published first motivational book The Resonant Life is inspired by personal experiences in the music industry, life lessons, anecdotal stories, and methods for navigating the road of success. Elizabeth is an official Schoenhut Toy Piano Artist, and endorsed by Source Audio LLC due to her extensive work with interactive electronics that mould movement works into sonic compositions. As an experimental filmmaker, her work has been shown at festivals including Women of the Lens (United Kingdom), and the African Smartphone International Film Festival (Nigeria). A sensitive improviser, with experience in a wide array of genres, Elizabeth is a frequent collaborator for improvisational ensembles and performances throughout North America, and maintains three active improvisation duos with artists Robert Hess (Toronto, ON), Leo Suarez (Philadelphia, PA) and Nathan Corder (Oakland, CA). In March 2018, Elizabeth retired from nonprofit arts administration to focus on her international solo career, though she remains committed to the community through workshops and public speaking engagements.

Hommagé á Pärt from Three Compositions for Piano & Electronics (2013)

Hommagé á Pärt employs a technique of “iterated reverb.” The process is created by sending a source sound via a bus it to a reverb with a long delay (ex. 6 seconds) then product of this reverb is then feeds the bus of another reverb and so on until four or more reverb voices have been created. From a collection of three works exploring the “iterated reverb” phenomenon, Hommagé á Pärt pays tribute to Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. It expresses peace, centering, and divine presence; through experimentation with minimalism.

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Command Voices – Iteration #626A

Command Voices is a series of works that explore daily changing relationships that psychotic patients have with their auditory hallucinations by creating a paradigm in which the authoritative relationship between musician and artist is flipped in such a manner that the artist is reacting to the instrument, instead of the traditional construct where a musician dictates what the instrument will say sonically.

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meditation for water, wind, and metal (2015)

meditation for water, wind, and metal is a contemplative structured improvisation for one performer. The piece is inspired by the search to find harmony and center whilst on the road away from a loved one.

Recorded live at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX as a part of Traveling Circuits Solo Tour – Fall 2015.

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NewMusicBox Articles

Articles August 8 2018 | By Elizabeth A. Baker
Ain’t I A Woman Too

As a black woman who composes and performs, Elizabeth A. Baker opens up about fighting for a place in an industry that too often equates successful “diversity initiatives” with the...