Elizabeth A. BakerSaint 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 also, one half of the new renaissance Baker-Barganier Duo. She is the author of the world’s first comprehensive toy piano method book as well as a mixed media book about the experiences of being a young artist in the modern world. Elizabeth is an official Schoenhut Toy Piano Artist, and endorsed by Source Audio LLC due to her extensive work with interactive electronics that mold movement works into sonic compositions.
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.
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.
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.
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...