A visual artist, filmmaker, composer, violinist and re-contextualist, Renée C. Baker is an multi-disciplined engineer. She utilizes movement, film projections of real and imaginary objects, vignettes and sounds to create an exquisite arena of surrealist activity. Baker is the founding director of the internationally renowned Chicago Modern Orchestra Project, a versatile orchestral ensemble that embraces all musical genres, including classical and jazz.
Baker has earned critical acclaim for her traditional and graphic novel scores, which have been performed around the world, including in Germany, Poland and Vietnam. She has composed over 2,000 works that include symphonies, chamber ensembles, ballets, operas and film scores. Baker also has published 16 graphic novels, which have been featured in Chicago’s Phantom Gallery Network, an organization that creates temporary exhibitions in non-traditional gallery settings. She has received commissions from the Chicago Sinfonietta, the Joffrey Ballet, Berlin’s International Brass and PEK’ Contemporary Project, Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, Indiana University’s Cinema and Black Film Center Archive and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s African American Network, among many others. She also is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.
Baker treats her compositions as carefully constructed environments that simultaneously showcase a refined grasp of indeterminacy, experimentalism, classicism, subjectivity and objectivity. Her performers and audiences are encouraged to consider music and art’s limitless communicative capabilities.