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Sunday, October 24 – 10 a.m.
Sounding Out: A Conversation
Karl Evangelista invites
Ben Goldberg, Francis Wong
and Beth Schenck to discuss
collaboration in improvisation

Karl Evangelista, Ben Goldberg, Francis Wong and Beth Schenck converse on the bookshop stage in a live stream.

They will discuss the art of improvisation, compositional challenges, and social consciousness in the Bay Area of 2021. Their question: how can intercommunal collaboration foster the creation of meaningful, adventurous music?

We’ll have chairs, should you like to venture into the shop to listen in. We’d certainly welcome you! But it’s likely to be rainy and chilly, and in any case, it’s early. So tune in to the stream on youtube or facebook if you’d prefer to remain at home… and to turn on the dread computer. At least it’s not zoom. No one will see you or expect you to speak. Robe, slippers, barking dogs, babbling children, just consider them random improvisational elements.

As a primer for today’s conversation, you could do worse than to read this piece.


Our events are put on under the umbrella of the nonprofit Bird & Beckett Cultural Legacy Project (the "BBCLP"). That's how we fund our ambitious schedule of 300 or so concerts and literary events every year.

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