American Indian Studies Program
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Improvisers Exchange is a two-year initiative deeply investigating the field of music improvisation. This program features performance and engagement residencies by leading artists representative of a wide spectrum of the practice, initiates a new performance course on improvisation for students, and promotes scholarly discourse through lectures and panel discussions.
Renée Baker’s Quadtych performs ICHOR BLACK, based on the opera The Baldwin Chronicles: Negro Ideologies. This chamber quartet features Renée Baker (violin, viola), Karl E.H. Seigfried (bass), William Porter (cello), and Bruce Nelson (vibes, percussion). Renée Baker is Improvisers Exchange Artist-in-Residence (September 18-26, 2018).
Experimental Films of Renée Baker Renée Baker will present her experimental films and discuss the creative process in producing these works as set pieces and moving scores. Renée Baker is Improvisers Exchange Artist-in-Residence (September 18-26, 2018).
A pioneering Asian-American film starring producer and actor Sessue Hayakawa, The Dragon Painter will be screened with an original score, composed and conducted by Renée Baker. Illinois Modern Ensemble and Improvisers Exchange Ensemble members will be the featured performers. Renée Baker is Improvisers Exchange Artist-in-Residence (September 18-26, 2018).