"I cannot wait to experience this wealth of adventurous, exciting, and beautiful music. The Ear Taxi Festival will provide a grand stage for Chicago’s ever-expanding community of composers and performers."
Drew Baker is a Chicago-based composer whose music explores the many sonic identities of conventional and novel instrumentations, often taking into account visual art and politics.
Baker's music has been performed at venues around the world by groups such as the A/B Duo, Chamber Cartel, Ensemble21, Ensemble Dal Niente, Ensemble Moto Perpetuo, Fonema Consort, The Group for Contemporary Music, h2 quartet, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), and the Talea Ensemble. Baker's piano music has been performed by Amy Briggs, Jenny Q Chai, and Lisa Kaplan, and was recorded by Marilyn Nonken on New Focus Recordings in 2011.
Baker earned a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the Eastman School of Music, a Master of Music in Composition from Rice University, and a Doctor of Music in Composition from Northwestern University. His composition teachers have included Karim Al-Zand, Shih-Hui Chen, Jason Eckardt, Marti Epstein, and Augusta Read Thomas.