Composer/Filmmaker/Artist/Violist Renee Baker is one of Kin of the Moon‘s heroes from the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in Chicago and we are privileged to have worked with her, to be inspired by her, and be mentored by her. She has been an early supporter of KOTM and it is our deep honor to commission and present her new work Tyaga: Divine Life Suite, a through-composed work for various flutes, viola, voice, cello, percussion and electronics that combines the structure of a notated work with areas of improvised music. Guest improvising artists Gretchen Yanover, cello and Greg Campbell, percussion and brass join KOTM to premiere this passionate new work. The performance will also include Renee’s original projections.
In conjunction with her residency in Seattle, the Seattle Public Library and the Northwest Film Forum will screen two films: one from the 1920s and one from 2015, featuring Renee’s original film scores, recorded by her own ensemble, the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project. Thursday, June 14, 6:30pm at SPL’s Microsoft Auditorium to be followed by a Q&A about her unique processes, ideas and themes.