Debut Album Release AVAILABLE NOW!
"ANOTHER RIDE ON THE ELEPHANT SLIDE" delivers an emotionally powerful and immersive listening experience through Baba’s complex and thoughtful compositional voice: layers of driving rhythms and esoteric melodies intertwined with an intuitive play on timing and expectation. Produced and conceptualized by Baba, this debut album was recorded live in the recording studio – an un-doctored real-time performance – and will leave you with an unforgettable sonic palette; capturing moments of vulnerability, depth and introspection.
theBABAorchestra is a Los Angeles based 17-piece experimental big band performing original new instrumental works by composer, conductor, and bandleader Lauren Elizabeth Baba. Amidst intricately woven melodies and massive brass textures are subtly creeping rock grooves and a generally dark ambience; creative music drawing from free jazz, avant-garde, drone-rock, and Middle Eastern folk.________________________________________
“This is jazz that looks to the future—not the past. [theBABAorchestra] reflect[s] a 21st-century sensibility that combines jazz with a wonderful range of inspirations from contemporary classical and experimental sounds to rock, pop and world music. Lauren [has] used CalArts’s fertile mix of musical tradition and experimentation to nourish fresh ideas and extravagant new sounds.”
— David Roitstein, Chair of the California Institute of the Arts Jazz Program, 2017
“They’ve managed to squeeze 17 musicians onto the small stage, and they are playing jazz, or some derivative of it. [theBABAorchestra] responds to [Lauren’s] 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.”
— Gary Fukushima, LA Weekly, 2017
Photo Credit: Mehdi Hassine