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Renée C. Baker

Chicago, IL         

A visual artist, film artist, composer and recontextualist, Renée C. Baker is a true engineer of
multidisiplines. Layering movement, film projections of real and imagined things, she
creates an exquisite arena of surrealistic activity within a sonic theatre. Ms. Baker is founding
music director and conductor of the internationally acclaimed Chicago Modern Orchestra
Project (CMOP), a polystylistic orchestral organization that grew from the plums of classical
music, as well as jazz. Her compositions are crafted from her many talents with carefully
constructed environments that also allow indeterminacy, experimentalism, classicism,
subjectivity, and objective interpretations to co-exist. Intense but rewarding for both
performer and listener/viewer, all parties are cast into unknown roles upon encounter, to be
radically inside a temporary environment of limitless inhabitation. Ms. Baker is a member of
the world renown collective Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM).
Critical acclaim for her graphic scores has come from performances in Berlin, Poland,
London, Scotland and as far reaching as Vietnam. As a disruptive composer and visual artist,
there are few barriers to the creative turns of this composer, conductor, artist, and
instrumentalist. Pushing all boundaries, Ms. Baker reinvents herself and each ensemble with
each score, effortlessly transforming the way reality is accessed for that time. An expert at
ensemble development and training, Renee’ developed the Mantra Blue Free Orchestra
(Chicago), PEK’ Contemporary Project (Berlin), the progenitor of Bleueblue Walkers/Bass
Kollektief, Twilight Struggles (Berlin) as well as being involved in starting over 20 cutting
edge new music ensembles. Among them: TUNTUI, Wrinkled Linen, Chocolate Chitlin’
Caucus, Red Chai Watch, FAQtet, Project 6, Renee’ Baker’s AWAKENING, Baker ArTet, a
Butoh ensemble BODY STRATA, and Strings Attached. Ms. Baker has performed globally
from Bimhuis (Amsterdam) to Symphony Center (Chicago) and was a founding member as
well as Principal Violist of Chicago Sinfonietta for 26 years. Ms. Baker has composed over
two thousand works for ensembles ranging from pieces for solo instruments, ballet, opera
(9), to large orchestral works that bridge the classical, jazz and creative music genres. Her
ability to embrace traditional compositions as well as various creative parameters in her
work has led to commissions from the Chicago Sinfonietta, numerous commissioned pieces
for the Chicago Sinfonietta Chamber Ensemble, Berlin International Brass, PEK’
Contemporary Project, Joffrey Ballet Chamber Series, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium
and DanceWright Project, University of Chicago Film Studies Center, Indiana University
Black Film Center, among many others. www.reneebakercomposer.net

No Safety in Silence

World premiere of “No Safety In Silence” by Renée C. Baker, November 2017.

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Swiss premiere of “R A G E”, as interpreted by composer/performer Anthony R. Green; June 2019, Bern, Switzerland.

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