Benjamin Baker is a composer and performer currently based out of Kansas City, MO. Ben’s music comes from a place at the intersection of spontaneous improvisation and traditional storytelling structure and includes works written for both concert ensembles and popular music groups, drawing influence from a multitude of genres and styles. Using contemporary jazz language with modern compositional techniques Ben’s works paint serious atmospheres while still remaining playful and uplifting.
As a performer Ben appears on multiple freelance recording works, and has performed with multiple jazz groups and ensembles such as the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Jazz Orchestra and Largemouth Brass Band of Columbus, OH. He has written for performers such as the Quince Ensemble and Patchwork Duo, and received his undergraduate degree in music composition from Ohio University under the direction of Robert McClure. Ben is currently attaining his MM in Composition at the University of Missouri–Kansas City.