Renee Baker violist, violinist, composer, conductor
Renée Baker has been at the extreme forefront of creative/ avant garde music while developing this unique ensemble since 1991. As an improvisor, Renée has performed and recorded with Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Strings, Karl E. H. Seigfried’s New Quartet and Galaxy String Quartet, the David Boykin Expanse, Orbert Davis, George Lewis, Mwata Bowden, the Great Black Music Ensemble, the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra. She is a member Chamber of the AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians). In recent years, Renée has premiered original compositions with the Chicago Sinfonietta, The Joffrey Ballet Chamber Series, and as part of the PianoForte Salon Series and the Umbria Jazz Festival (Italy). Future collaborations will include MCA (Museum of Contrmporary Art, Chicago Architecture Foundation, South Shore Cultural Center among others.
Utilizing some of the finest musicians that cross the classical world as well as jazz greats, Baker has has crafted the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project, a group of the best traditionalists and married them to dedicated improvisors.
Renée is also Principal Violist of the internationally-renowned Chicago Sinfonietta; she has worked with the orchestra since its founding in 1987. She has been a participant in many international music festivals including Classical Music Festival (Eisenstadt, Austria), Aspen Music Festival, AIMS (Graz, Austria), and Philomusica di Chicago (Martigues, France). She has performed extensively throughout Africa, Asia, and Europe.