Body and Soul scored by AACM composer Renee Baker


Black Cinema House welcomes Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) composer Renee Baker to present Oscar Micheaux’s 1925 classic silent film Body and Soul, featuring her new creative jazz score as well as Paul Robeson’s screen debut.

Performed by the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project, the score incorporates “original symphonic works, sounds recorded from sessions done with sculptural tactile scores, asemic writing scores recorded both in concert and in studio sessions, graphic scores as well as Synaesthetic Colorfield scores … to create mood settings that depict the life of the black American in this time period,” according to Baker.

Post-screening discussion with Baker and BCH curator/UChicago professor Jacqueline Stewart.

(Oscar Micheaux, 1925, 102 min)

Renee Baker has composed over 900 creative compositions for her own groups, as well as the Chicago Sinfonietta Chamber Ensemble, Great Black Music Ensemble /AACM and Suoni Per Il Popolo (Montreal), Shedd Aquarium (Chicago), Adler Planetarium, and the Joffrey Ballet Chamber Series. Ms. Baker has presented over 20 concerts including her compositions for the Chicago State University Student Afternoon recital Series, and has premiered over 10 works on the Chicago Sinfonietta Chamber Series.

She recently completed music score for a film sponsored by the Chicago Architecture Foundation and also composed scores for the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), a program entitled Brass Epiphany, part of the 45th Anniversary celebration of the AACM. Renée Baker’s official entrée into the creative music arena came through invitation to join Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Strings. As a proud new member of the venerable AACM, her musical affiliations have include Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Orchestra, David Boykin Expanse, Orbert Davis w/Strings Attached, Doug Carn, Karl Siegfried’s Galaxy String Quartet, Great Black Music Ensemble (AACM), Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Chicago Jazz Orchestra, and the Mwata Bowden Trio,Tatsu Aoki (Miyumi Project) among others.