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Mon, Jan 9 2017 9:00 PM

Studio Grand
3234 Grand Ave, Oakland
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Beth Schenck's Social Stutter + Phillip Greenlief's Barbedwire

SOCIAL STUTTER + BARBEDWIRE: A night of original music at Studio Grand

9 p.m.

Social Stutter Quartet:
Beth Schenck, alto + compositions
Kasey Knudsen, alto
Phillip Greenlief, tenor
Cory Wright, tenor + baritone

Social Stutter, a saxophone quartet led by composer/altoist Beth Schenck, blurs the line between strictly written chamber music and soaring free jazz. Solos emerge from the natural order of intricately written lines that, although begin simply in structure, twist and distort themselves into surprisingly complex shapes and forms. Unlike traditional saxophone quartets, some of the pieces are composed for two altos and two tenors, which leads itself to denser harmonic territory and a uniquely homogenous sound. Masters of texture and nuance, the quartet has a keen awareness of how to support and push one another's creative boundaries. Social Stutter is comprised of some of the Bay Area's most unique voices: Kasey Knudsen, Phillip Greenlief, Cory Wright and Beth Schenck.

Phillip Greenlief - composer, tenor saxophone, Bb clarinet
Mark Clifford - vibraphone
Tim DeCillis - vibraphone
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