In her fascinating, captivating compositions Jamie Baum wears her inspiration on her sleeve. The American jazz flutist made name with music based on Western classical composers such as Stravinsky and Ives. Various tours through Asia left their marks on her previous album In This Life, which contains influences from Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. On her most recent album Bridges she connects Tibetan and Indian influences with Jewish and Arabic traditions while staying true to her own sound and identity. At this moment Jamie Baum is one of the leading jazz flutists, with many honorable mentions in the leading Downbeat Critics Polls and the Flutist of the Year-list of the Jazz Journalists Association. As a composer she received the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship Award in 2014. Jamie Baum composes especially for her septet, which has been active since 1999 playing regular dates in prominent New York clubs such as The Knitting Factory. ‘Always a traveler, never a tourist, Baum constructs significant harmonic relationships between jazz and some far-flung music traditions. Everything connects here: concept and execution, soloists and ensemble, Nepal and New York, spirit and flesh’ (Downbeat).