How it all started It started over two years ago when Leslie Baker, bassist asked us if we were interested in performing the Claude Bolling Suite No. 1 for flute, piano, bass and drums. Who could say no to performing such a charming piece made famous by Jean Pierre Rampal? Leslie had us booked to perform at the beautiful, historical Wright Auditorium at the Pasadena Central Library in November 2016. After performing it two more times at concerts in Pasadena and Glendale, we decided to move on to Claude Bolling’s Suite No. 2 for the same combination. This one hour, eight movement suite is a joy to play and we’re happy to perform it in its entirety on November 4 at 2:30 at the place where it all began for us. The Wright Auditorium of the Pasadena Central Library. We can’t wait to share our music with you!
Transcendence! is made up of Ruth Kasckow on Flute, Tomoko Takasagi on piano, Leslie Baker on bass, and Ken Park on drums.
Claude Bolling Suite No. 1 at Music at Noon Series Pasadena Presbyterian Church
Ruth Kasckow, flutist and flute instructor, performs regularly in orchestras, chamber music ensembles, and solo recitals in the Los Angeles area, and has performed with Orquesta Mexicana de la juventud, Burbank Symphony, Opera a la Carte, and Santa Monica Symphony. Active as a music educator, she teaches flute and ensembles in her studio in La Canada. As a Certified Andover Educator, she teaches musicians body mapping-a movement educational method that assists musicians in improving performance and avoiding injury. Her Body Mapping Workshops have been presented at Cal State Northridge, Jim Walker’s Beyond the Masterclass, Music Teachers Association of California, Performing Arts Medical Association, and National Flute Association. Ruth wrote The Flute Duet Practice Books and has recorded two solo CD’s: French Impressions for Flute and German Expressions for Flute. She holds a BA in Music from Goucher College and an MFA in flute performance from California Institute of the Arts. www.flutemuse.com
Bassist Leslie Baker, a Los Angeles native has been involved with music from an early age. Her Father, Dick Baker was a professional pianist and vocal coach. He started her on piano and reading music at age six. By twelve on his suggestion Leslie began playing bass. Very shortly after that she was performing on double bass with her Dad at his gigs. Leslie plays electric and acoustic basses, sings, composes and arranges music. Honored as a Living Legend of Jazz and Blues in 2017 Leslie continues to perform in a wide variety of venues. She is a currently member of the Caltech Orchestra and LAPD concert and swing band. In September 2018 Leslie was the only bass in the string section for the Dave Matthews Band when they closed their summer tour and sold out Hollywood Bowl. There have been numerous TV and Movie appearances and recordings including Star Trek TNG, Frasier, House, Bones, Addams Family Values, Red Dragon, Walk Hard, Raising Hope and most recently The Voice, Josh Grobin TV special, film recording for Van Dyke Parks and Doug Lacy. As a bandleader Leslie books the Leslie Baker Band and the chamber group Transcendence for special events, concerts, workshops and shows. The reviews from clients are consistently positive. For more visit LeslieBakerWebsite.com
Ken Park graduated from Southern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Music degree. Since moving to California he has recorded with Tammy Wynette, Capital Records, Peggy Lee, Doc Severinson, Tonight Show, Donna Summer, Casablanca Records, Barry Manilow, Arista Records, Kitaro, Geffen Records. He has performed in concerts and tours with Ella Fritzgerald, Whitney Houston, Donna Summer (World Tour), Barry Manilow (World Tour), Kitaro (World Tour), Broadway Show Tintypes, New-Age Group Istar, Crystal Palace Ragtime Band, and Magic's John Blues Band. He has performed for the television series Tenspeed, Brownshoe, and Major Dad. Currently, he is Principal Timpanist/Percussionist with Beach Cities Symphony Orchestra where he performed a Marimba Solo with the orchestra, and he teaches privately.
Tomoko Takasugi started playing piano at the age of five. After graduating from the Osaka College of Music with a degree in Piano Performance and Teaching, she began an active career in Japan and in the U.S., specializing in piano duos and accompaniment. She has performed chamber music with The Tuesday Musicale of Pasadena and is an Organist and Instructor with the Choir at Centenary United Methodist Church in Los Angeles. Currently, she is a teacher at Asahi Gakuen Japanese Language School.