Racer Sessions With Lisa Mezzacappa & Jason Levis

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Racer Sessions is excited to be presenting the extraordinary Bay Area artists: bassist Lisa Mezzacappa and drummer Jason Levis, collectively known as "duo B".

duo B.
Jason Levis, percussion
Lisa Mezzacappa, acoustic bass

“…mysterious, complexly textured improvisations that sometimes take shape as the aural equivalent of abstract expressionist paintings, whether the ethereal, mystical canvasses of Mark Rothko or the jittery, splatter techniques of Jackson Pollock.” — Derk Richardson, KPFA

duo B., the San Francisco Bay Area 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, and others. duo B. has released two recordings, on the Evander and Edgetone labels, and has served as the crack rhythm section for West Coast reed heroes Cory Wright, Phillip Greenlief, and others.

This year, duo B. has embarked on a new journey in long-form improvisation with its latest project, an exploration of the musical vision of pianist Cecil Taylor, re-imagined for bass and drums.
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