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 Ka Baird

Ka Baird is one of the founding members of the long-running avant-psych project Spires That in the Sunset Rise, a band the late Jack Rose described as “female Sun City Girls”. Currently Spires consists of the duo Ka Baird and Taralie Peterson. A few years ago Ka relocated to NYC and set off in numerous directions other than Spires. Her current solo work, which she will present at the KRAAK festival, ventures in piano improvisation, extended vocal techniques, physical movement and electronic manipulation of the flute.
20 February 2018 | AG 11
Hans van der Linden

Which artists influenced you as a musician?

Ka Baird

I am influenced by so much. One inspiration that comes to mind for Sapropelic Pycnic was the reissue put out by Editions Mego called S

HvdL

What about Spires?

KB

Spires definitely still exists! We are shifting more and more towards improvisation. We have made so many recordings in the last couple of years, some in our own spaces and one in a church in my ho

HvdL 

In what way did your move to New York have an impact?

KB

Both in Chicago and Madison I had played/performed solo. It just was heavily deprioritized to Spires. So moving to NYC and away from Taralie was a big shift

Hvdl 

You did mention that your performances have become more physical...

KB

At the beginning of Spires I would get extremely nervous for performances. Around the time that Spires started to compose and perform Mirr