Geometry: First Plane, Then Solid: Oxford Improvisers with Renee Baker (joining remotely from Chicago)

Date(s) - September 25, 2021
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Hundred Years Gallery


Oxford Improvisers present a rare opportunity to meet the group and watch them perform in a relaxed gallery environment. There will be small group performances with musicians in the gallery interacting with those from across the world. Join us and support the gallery and café.

“Geometry is concerned with properties of space that are related with distance, shape, size, and relative position of figures”

Our special guest Renee Baker is the founding music director and conductor of the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project (CMOP), a polystylistic orchestral organization that grew from the plums of classical music as well as jazz. She is a  member of the collective (AACM) Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.

Renee Baker

Renee Baker

Renee works in improvised music, sound art installations, experimental film, dance, jazz theatre, butoh, visual art (canvas, paper), book arts and sculptural reconfigure of scores. Her works are dark recitatives that speak directly to the frazzled sort of lives we lead today. Her works challenge the way we think about the way you see the world and how information is processed.

Since 2001 Oxford Improvisers has staged and promoted nearly 200 events featuring hundreds of musicians, dancers and visual artists of every kind. Activities have continued throughout the last year with concerts staged in the virtual world. The concert is planned around a number of groups, some decided in advance, some on the evening, some undecided. Exercises in musical and social risk, mixing “doing” with “deliberation”.  

The concert will involve 11 musicians in the Gallery with others joining remotely from around the world.

Nini Sakhri – multiple objets sonores
Suzanne Healey – small instruments
Bruno Guastalla – Cello
Kesia Decote – Toy Piano/Keyboard
Paul Medley – Clarinet
Chris Dammers – Keyboard
Martin Hackett – melodica etc
Lawrence Casserley – assorted sounders
Lizzy Spight – flutes and voice
Dan Goren – Flugelhorn
Mark Browne – alto saxophone
Gero Kempf – Prepared Double Bass
Camilla Cancantata – Piano voice
Andrew West – Viola
Clare Woodham – Bass Clarinet and voice
Emma Wellings – Voice and found objects
Renee Baker – violin