JazzPOP, the Hammer’s creative jazz festival, celebrates its 13th season with three concerts featuring the music of visionary West Coast musician/composers. Expect brilliant improvisation nested in carefully-crafted compositions, and jazz colored with the nuances of contemporary chamber music, and sounds and grooves from across the world.
" ... In 2016, Baba gathered 17 friends to record. The big band recorded half a dozen tracks live in less than six hours. Those original songs swarm with cheek and seriousness, sometimes within a single measure. Baba stoically drives her compositions straight into the storm, engulfed by a band fully on board with her mission. “In this context of my music... " READ MORE
"Lauren Elizabeth Baba wants to disabuse anyone of the notion that all L.A. jazz is of the smooth persuasion. As the composer, conductor, bandleader and producer for her 17-piece big band, theBABAorchestra, she’s establishing adventurous new territory. Recorded live at Seahorse Sound Studios in Los Angeles, the band’s debut, Another Ride On The Elephant Slide, melds elements of free-jazz... " READ MORE
"17-piece theBABAorchestra pokes around in different genres, and sculpts forms of expression that aren’t ever going to be considered a conventional medium. It’s especially enjoyable when they harness the strength of their numbers and stir up a storm. The harmonic force this experimental big band... " READ MORE
" ...violist and composer Lauren Baba is in front of the band. The big band responds to her precise gestures with a whirlwind of texture and rhythm. There are surprising plot developments within the music, moments of curious spaciousness rudely pushed aside by something more sinister... " READ MORE
California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) will celebrate the end of its busy open house weekend with a live performance from two 21st century jazz bands led by CalArts alumni Lauren Elizabeth Baba and Daniel Rosenboom. READ MORE
On Saturday (April 13) at 5 pm, this year's edition of the Wild Beast Concert series continues with an outdoor concert of new works performed by the CalArts Large Ensemble, an exciting 20-piece jazz orchestra. Conducted by alumni Lauren Baba (Music BFA 12) and Andrew Rowan (Music MFA 12), the ensemble plays charts by four alumni, one current student and three faculty members. READ MORE