About Kyle J. Baker

Kyle J. Baker is a Nashville-based composer and impresario most known for directing Nashville's Soundcrawl Festival. He composes for acoustic and digital forces with a recurring emphasis on rhythmic post-minimal structures. Classical in heritage, but vernacular in vocabulary, his music has garnered such attention as 2008 Belmont University Composition Prize, Honorable Mention in the 2008 Pathways Young Band Composition Contest as well as distribution by Brassworks4.com, His notable teachers include Ken Read, John LaBarbara, Delfeayo Marsalis and William Pursell. Born in Scotland and raised in St. Louis, Baker holds an M.Mus from Belmont University and makes his home in Cane Ridge, Tenn. with his wife Joy and cat Lili.

Music Review: chatterbird makes auspicious debut with its otherworldly sounds at abrasiveMedia

Something’s definitely in the water here in Nashville. The new contemporary chamber music group chatterbird, modeled on yMusic, held its first concert last Thursday. A healthy-sized crowd of about 90 gathered in the great studio space of abrasiveMedia in Houston Station. This was a different crowd than the “regulars” at Indeterminacies, or the old Chamber Music […]

Dance Review: Intimacy, humor and beauty converge in Nashville Ballet’s Emergence

This weekend, the Nashville Ballet presents Emergence: three new works for dance, accompanied by chamber music composed by Paul Moravec.  This series is one of the best things that has come out of the ballet since it moved into the Martin Center.  By owning a studio space that has room for an audience, artistic director […]

Music Review: Laubrock and Rainey headline Indeterminacies’ last concert

Indeterminacies is one of the most vital events in our city’s artistic and musical landscape.  Unique to Nashville, this true salon is held at Zeitgeist as a labor of love (and ideas) by Lesley Beeman and Lain York (with curatorial support by Rodger Coleman). In other cities, salons like this are sponsored by local universities or contemporary […]

Music Review: Ethel brings its amplified sound to Oz Nashville

Ethel stands apart from much of contemporary music.  As an amplified string quartet that plays contemporary chamber music, they perform with a unique palette. This weekend, they are presenting two programs of adventurous, energetic string music at Oz Nashville. Friday night’s performance of Ethel’s Documerica was superbly performed. Ethel often performs sans vibrato and in […]

Festival Preview: Steve Reich, Jonny Greenwood and Dawn of Midi will headline Knoxville’s Big Ears Festival

Big Ears Festival returns to Knoxville this weekend with some of the most important composers and music creators in the country. Ashley Capps’ brainchild has been on hiatus the last few years, but it’s now coming back in a big way. Steve Reich, the minimalist composer who invented acoustic phase-looping music (the technique behind the […]

Music Review: Music City Baroque plays Telemann’s music Telemann’s way

Music City Baroque drew a healthy crowd on a rainy Sunday afternoon for their concert of Telemann chamber music at Woodmont Christian Church. Telemann was considered Germany’s greatest composer during the first half of the 18th century. (I wonder if the Music City Post Modern Ensemble will be playing Nico Muhly and Johnny Greenwood in […]

Music Review: Zeitgeist Gallery’s Indeterminacies Series highlights the music of Stanley Link

Last Thursday’s Indeterminacies concert at Zeitgeist Gallery featured the work of composer Stanley Link, with composer Mark Volker moderating. The evening opened with a brief fixed media piece – what composers used to call tape – titled “Endless Song.” This 50-second divertimento opened with a synthesizer sound and featured the vocalizations of mother and infant, […]

Opera Review: Belmont Opera Theatre hits all the right notes in ‘Figaro’

I hadn’t been back on Belmont University’s campus in years before last night and was pleasantly surprised. The campus was bustling – streets full of cars, sidewalks full of people. Things were even more energetic inside the university’s intimate Troutt Theatre on Thursday night, when Belmont Opera Theatre’s new production of The Marriage of Figaro […]

Music Review: At Blair Composers’ Concert, it’s ‘goodnight noises everywhere’

I slipped in just in time to catch the first down beat on Monday night at the Blair School of Music Composers Concert.  Vanderbilt University has a number of things going for its composition program.  I love how they consistently bring in guest artists, since it helps expose students to a lot of important contemporary […]

Music Review: Nashville Composer Collective makes auspicious debut

Sunday afternoon was the inaugural concert of the “Nashville Composer Collective,” and since I am a composer and a newly minted ArtsNash critic I swung by.  The event was held in the “Family Room” of the The Village Chapel, a non-denominational church that makes its home in the old St. Bernard Convent in Hillsboro Village. […]