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Beth Schenck's Nonetheless @ Studio Grand, Oakland

A night of composition and improvisation with Bay Area composer/performers Beth Schenck and Lisa Mezzacappa


duo B., the improvising and composing ensemble of percussionist Jason Levis and bassist Lisa Mezzacappa, is a musical think tank of grand schemes and impossible scenarios. For more than ten years, the ensemble has developed and refined its singular approach to improvisation and composition, through cross-disciplinary projects with film, collaborations with improvising instrumentalists at home and abroad, study of repertoire by like-minded composers such as Jon Raskin, Aaron Bennett and Phillip Greenlief, and immersion in the improvised-composed musical worlds of masters Wadada Leo Smith, Anthony Braxton, Henry Threadgill, Cecil Taylor, and others. duo B. has released two recordings and this year, embarks on a new journey in long-form improvisation with its latest project.

Jason Levis, percussion | Website:
Lisa Mezzacappa, acoustic bass | Website:


Beth Schenck's Nonetheless deftly walks the line between chamber music and jazz, with solos emerging from the natural order of intricately written lines. The music for this project was written over the past ten years, with two new pieces written for this occasion. Nonetheless is comprised of some of the Bay Area's finest improvisers, whose deep listening approach to music is evident in the way they maneuver together through different musical landscapes.

Beth Schenck, alto saxophone+compositions
Cory Wright, tenor saxophone+bass clarinet
Matt Wrobel, guitar
Lisa Mezzacappa, bass
Jordan Glenn, drums


$10-$15 sliding scale

3234 Grand Ave, Oakland, California 94610