Downbeat March 2018 Indie Life Feature

" ... 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

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Downbeat Editors' Picks December 2017

"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

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Bird is the Worm 2017 The Round-Up

"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

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LA WEEKLY 2017

" ...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

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