Composer and multi-instrumentalist Renee Baker presents to FAA 110 class
By: Aditya Kashyap
Renee was a guest speaker for the FAA 110 class, discussing her past work, as well as previewing her score work on a silent film Borderline starring Paul Robeson. Using her avant garde style that combines classical orchestral music with jazz and characteristic abstract sound, she is able to create an atmosphere that goes against the grain in terms of conventional identity and film scoring. Baker often relies on non-conventional graphic and grid scores to convey abstract and free form ideas to her musicians.She is renowned and recognized for her artistic interpretations and unique compositions.
“Renée Baker, founding music director and conductor of the internationally acclaimed Chicago Modern Orchestra Project, has composed more than 2,000 works for ensembles, including numerous commissioned pieces for the Chicago Sinfonietta and many others. In composing for silent cinema, she has created cutting-edge original scores for more than 100 films and performed her work at live screening events, film festivals with orchestras, and ensembles across the globe. Renée’s film score recordings include Body and Soul (1925), Broken Blossoms (1919), Women of Ryazan (1927), An Orphan (1929), Birth of a Nation (1915), A Natural Born Gambler (1916), and The Bluebird (1918), to name a few. ” (3Arts)