Renee' Baker- violinist/violist, composer, leader, painter, poet, cultural creative
Ms. Baker is founder/leader of FAQ (Faith Action Quorum), Mantra Blue Free Orchestra, Red Chai, ProJect 6, Connoisseur Musica String Ensemble (classical), Poemusici (spoken word group), Blanche’ (experimental orchestra) Renee' Baker ArText and the Renee’ Baker Trio.
She has created eclectic chamber festivals for Adler Planetarium, Shedd Aquarium, Norris Cultural Arts Center and Classical Symphony Hall. As a composer, Ms. Baker has composed numerous compositions ranging from string quartets to larger ensembles.
Renee’ Baker’s official entrée into the creative music arena came through invitation to join Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Strings. Other creative music and jazz affiliations have include Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Orchestra, David Boykin Expanse, Orbert Davis w/Strings Attached, Doug Carn, Karl Siegfried’s Galaxy String Quartet, Great Black Music Ensemble (AACM), Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, and Chicago Jazz Orchestra.
Ms. Baker has appeared at many venues including Woodland Patterns (WI), Kerrytown Concert House (Mi) Velvet Lounge ( Chicago) Elastic Arts Foundation, Myopic Improv Music Series, Adler Planetarium, Hyde Park Arts Center, MAC (College of DuPage), Hungry Brain, Empty Bottle, Hideout, Heaven Gallery, Jazz Showcase, Green Mill, Columbia College, Gallery 37, Millennium Park, Chicago Cultural Center, Sotish, Spareroom, Cheney Mansion, South Shore Cultural Center, Symphony Center and Brown Rice. Her extensive music career has included performances in Belgium, Japan, Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, China, Japan, Spain, Austria, England, Poland, Thailand, Egypt and Cayman Islands.
Her interdisciplinary creative influences include Kurt Schwitters, Nicole Mitchell, Terry Riley, Anais Nin, Beatrice Wood, Tasha Tudor, John Cage, Cornelius Cardew, David Boykin, Orbert Davis, Josh Abrams, Anthony Braxton, May Sarton, Anne Truitt, Steve Reich, Jackson Pollock, George Lewis, Tony Conrad, Mark Rothko, Coleridge- Taylor Perkinson and Maestro Paul Freeman.
Ms. Baker is a published poet and is also a visual/conceptual artist of found object canvasses with pieces in private collections through the US.