Ka Baird is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist living and working in NYC. She is one of the founding and continuing members of the group Spires That In The Sunset Rise that was founded in Chicago in 2001. Described by Jack Rose as a "female Sun City Girls," STITSR have contributed a different slant to the New Folk movement by incorporating various avant-garde and world music influences into their music. Their sound has been compared to the Raincoats, Comus and Harry Partch. She has toured nationally and internationally with performances at the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), MoMA PS1, Roulette Intermedium, Issue Project Room and numerous festival appearances including TUSK (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, IL), Pioneer Works (Brooklyn) and was a 2018 Jerome Foundation Artist-in-Residence at Roulette Intermedium. Her current work explores improvisation, electroacoustic interventions, extended vocal techniques, electronics, and woodwinds that culminates in a vigorous type of “body music" that seeks extreme release through physical exertion.
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