Ben Baker cello
Connor D’Netto electronics
we are breathing is the duo project of Australian composer and performer Connor D’Netto and American cellist Ben Baker.
Ben and Connor met in mid 2017 at Bang On A Can’s annual Summer Music Festival at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art where the two were both artists-in-residence. After, the pair sought to collaborate on a project bringing together their various musical backgrounds spanning classical, folk and electronic music, their love of diverse musical styles from minimalism, electronica, alt-rock and jazz, and their passion and drive to create and engage in art that breaks down the barriers between genres and audiences.
The result is a new music duo creating raw, tender and emotional sounds straddling across musical worlds. With Ben on cello and Connor on synths and live electronics, their music fuses Connor’s unique compositional voice, Ben’s virtuosic playing, both as a contemporary classical musician and a folk muso and improviser, with live electronics creating complexly layered immersive experiences.
Ben Baker is a cellist of diverse talents based in Boston, Massachusetts, blurring the lines between genres and musical traditions working with the likes of Steve Reich, Jo Kondo, and Louis Andriessen, as well as regularly performing at Boston’s home of folk music Club Passim, touring with “futursonic funk-pop” band Knower, and playing with John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin.
Connor D'Netto is described as "the model contemporary Australian composer" by ABC Classic FM. His music melds driving post-minimalism and heartfelt lyrical expression with delicate incorporation of electronic music elements, and has been commissioned by the likes of MSO, Katie Noonan, Karin Schaupp and Claire Edwardes. Connor is the artistic director of immersive art music concert series Argo, and is also a keen photographer and artist.
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This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Mass Cultural Council, and administered by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.
Time, venue and program are subject to change