Crossing geographic borders and sonic boundaries, the Baker-Hess Duo is an international twosome comprised of Elizabeth A. Baker (United States) and Robert Hess (Canada) that seeks to expand auditory perception through an organic pairing of traditional acoustic instruments and live electronic processing. The duo employs extended techniques and unusual preparations on their primary instruments which include saxophone (Hess) and piano/toy piano (Baker); these meld with a sea of analogue synthesisers, boutique hardware synths, effects pedals, Source Audio Hot Hands USB units, as well as manipulation of sound via Max.
Baker and Hess met at the 2018 edition of the Waterloo Regional Contemporary Music Sessions in Waterloo, Ontario; where they were paired by organisers to form an improvisational ensemble. Rehearsals at WRCMS involved establishing structured improvisational forms, soon developing into the ideas, musical repartee, and shared experiences that ultimately evolved into an independent EP Illusion & Delusion, which was released in September 2018 via Bandcamp. In Spring 2019 the Baker-Hess Duo embarked on a short North American performance and educational outreach tour through southern Canada and the northern United States. In Summer 2019, the duo released their second EP Live at The BOP STOP.
August 22, 2019 – The Palladium at St. Petersburg College (Saint Petersburg, FL)
January 5, 2020 -Timucua Arts – The White House (Orlando, FL)
March 22, 2019 – Mahtay Café & Lounge (St. Catherines, ON)
March 24, 2019 – Southern Cross Lounge – TRANZAC (Toronto, ON)
March 25, 2019 – Monday Night at THE COMET (Cincinnati, OH)
March 26, 2019 – The Bop Stop at The Music Settlement (Cleveland, OH)