Ka Baird (b. 1976) is an American multi-instrumentalist, recording artist, producer, and performer based in New York City. She is heralded for her raw, ecstatic, boundary pushing live solo performances that involve energetic body movements, extended vocal techniques and microphone use, luminous driving flute meditations, and innovative use of live electronics. She creates a radically present tense and vigorous type of “body music" that seeks extreme release through physical exertion and psychic extension.
Her latest recording "Respires" on Brooklyn based imprint RVNG Intl was included on Pitchfork's Best Experimental Albums of 2019 list. Her previous album "Sapropelic Pycnic" was released through independent label Drag City in 2017. She is one of the founding and continuing members of the legendary psych-folk/avant-garde group Spires That In The Sunset Rise founded in Chicago in 2001. Recent national and international engagements have included performances at the Unsound Festival (Krakow), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), MoMA PS1 (NYC), Issue Project Room (NYC), The Hirshhorn Museum (Washington D.C.), The Kitchen (NYC), The Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia), TUSK Festival (Newcastle, UK), Incubate (Tilburg, Netherlands), KRAAK (Brussels, Belgium), Le Guess Who (Utrecht, Netherlands), and the Festival Of Endless Gratitude (Copenhagen,DK). She has been a music resident at Experimental Sound Studio (Chicago), Pioneer Works (Brooklyn) and was a 2018 Jerome Foundation Artist-in-Residence at Roulette Intermedium (Brooklyn). In 2020, she was a recipient of an Emergency Grant from the Foundation of Contemporary Arts for her upcoming premiere of "Vivification Exercises" at The Kitchen. She has also worked closely with choreographer Moriah Evans on her pieces "Figuring" (Sculpture Center, January 2018) and "Configure" (The Kitchen, December 2018). She co-runs the platform Perfect Wave that manages the release of recorded works, a print magazine and curates live performances throughout NYC.
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