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Das Donnerstagskonzert: Social Stutter
Kasey Knudsen (as), Phillip Greenlief (ts), Cory Wright (ts,bars), Beth Schenck (as,comp.)
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.
Beth Schenck is a saxophonist, composer and educator who has worked throughout the United States and abroad. Based in San Francisco, Beth has performed frequently in the New York, Los Angeles and SF jazz and chamber music scenes. Her main outlet as a composer-performer is with her own bands but she has also had opportunities to perform with Greg Osby, Henry Threadgill, Ben Street, Jim Black, Cory Smythe, Larry Koonse, Gerald Cleaver, Max Weinberg and many others. As a composer, Beth has written commissions for the Sunset Jazz Festival (Nagasaki, Japan), Women’s Work Festival (New York City), Outsound Music Festival (SF) and schools in New York City, Los Angeles and San Francisco. In 2010, Beth released her debut record, „What Shock Heard,“ which has been described by critics as „frank and beautiful“, with „solos full of artful logic“. Originally from the mid-west, Beth holds a BFA in Orchestral Saxophone Performance from Arizona State University and an MFA in Jazz and African Studies from California Institute of the Arts.