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Lauren Elizabeth Baba: theBABAorchestra

THURSDAY AUG 9, 2018 8:00PM 

An in-demand violinist in both commercial and experimental music scenes in Los Angeles, Lauren Elizabeth Baba formed her big band, theBABAorchestra, between string-section gigs at the Oscars, the Grammys, the Hollywood Bowl, and film soundstages. She conducts 17 of L.A.’s best and brightest improvisers through her dynamic compositions, which meld free-jazz, contemporary classical, drone rock, and Middle Eastern folk music. A recipient of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award, Baba tailors her writing to the unique musical voices of her bandmembers, letting the music simmer in intimate, hypnotic passages, and also letting it rage in wild collective flights: “she’s establishing adventurous new territory… Baba is an artist to watch” (Downbeat Magazine). Listen to audio.

Lauren Baba, conductor and composer
Michael Mull, alto saxophone/clarinet
Joe Santa Maria, alto saxophone/clarinet
Kirsten Edkins, tenor saxophone
Andrew Conrad, tenor saxophone/clarinet
Ryan Parrish, baritone saxophone
Javier Gonzalez, trumpet
Brandon Sherman, trumpet
Andrew Rowan, trumpet
Greg Zilboorg, trumpet
Harrison Kirk, trombone
Joey Sellers, trombone
Shaunte Palmer, trombone
Juliane Gralle, bass trombone
Greg Uhlmann, guitar
Steve Blum, piano
Emilio Terranova, bass
Mike Lockwood, drums


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.

Ticketing: This free program is not ticketed.  
Parking: Parking is available under the museum. Rates are $6 for the first three hours with museum validation, and $3 for each additional 20 minutes, with a $20 daily maximum. There is a $6 flat rate after 6 p.m. on weekdays, and all day on weekends. Cash only. 

Organized by San Francisco Bay Area bassist Lisa Mezzacappa.


Earlier Event: July 12
Cooks Chapel
Later Event: October 6
Angel City Jazz Festival