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Jen Baker

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Jen Baker, trombonist/composer/improviser, collaborates with dozens of artists in site-specific performance, concert halls, solo commissions, and in theatrical/mixed media settings, including a feature on the soundtrack to Werner Herzog's Oscar-nominated Encounters at the End of the World. Having performed widely, she has appeared in festivals internationally and nationwide with various ensembles and solo performances including S.E.M., TILT brass, and the mobile ensemble Asphalt Orchestra.

Hailed as "formidably sensitive" by the New York Times, her work in multimedia and contemporary chamber music has led her to performance with Karole Armitage, Brooklyn Ballet, art gallery performances at the Met and the Guggenheim, and High Zero - an international festival of improvised music.

Her forthcoming book, Multiphonics for the Trombone aides composers and trombonists in understanding and executing the deep complexities of multiphonics. She has given lectures on this topic, internationally, as well as improvisation and extended trombone techniques.

Baker is particularly interested in assisting the body's (as well as the Earth's) natural ability to heal itself and her own compositions will often reflect this. Recording labels include New World, Innova, Cantaloupe Music, Rastascan, and her own label, Dilapidated Barns.

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