theBABAorchestra | Another Ride on the Elephant Slide

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Another Ride on the Elephant Slide

by theBABAorchestra

17-piece experimental big band performing original new instrumental works by composer, conductor & bandleader Lauren Elizabeth Baba; intricately woven melodies, massive brass textures, subtly creeping rock grooves and a generally dark ambience.
Genre: Jazz: Experimental Big Band
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2. The Myth of Sisyphus: Movement No. 1 |
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3. The Myth of Sisyphus: Movement No. 2
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4. T.I.M.E. (The Immediate Measure [Of] Energy)
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5. Zaa'tar
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6. Another Ride on the Elephant Slide
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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.

“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.

Defining the future of jazz, theBABAorchestra moves beyond conventional jazz by bringing an inventive, compelling, and untraditional take on large ensemble music to Los Angeles’ burgeoning jazz underground.


“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 CalArts Jazz Program

“They’ve managed to squeeze 17 musicians onto the small stage, and they are playing jazz, or some derivative of it. [theBABAorchestra] responds to … 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

Lauren Elizabeth Baba · conducting | compositions
Michael Mull · alto saxophone | clarinet
Joe Santa Maria · alto saxophone | clarinet
Kirsten Edkins · tenor saxophone
Andrew Conrad · tenor saxophone | clarinet
Ryan Parrish · baritone saxophone
Javier Gonzalez · trumpet
Brandon Sherman · trumpet
Andrew Rowan · trumpet
Greg Zilboorg · trumpet
Harrison Kirk · trombone
Joey Sellers · trombone
Shaunte´ Palmer · trombone
Juliane Gralle · bass trombone
Gregory Uhlmann · guitar
Steve Blum · piano
Emilio Terranova · bass
Mike Lockwood · drums



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