Upcoming West Oakland Performances 

Source: Paul Dresher Ensemble.

Sunday, April 10, 2022, 4pm
Positive Knowledge
Ijeoma Thomas: voice/poetry, percussion – Oluyemi Thomas: bass clarinet, saxophone – Donald Robinson: drums

As a creative musician, performer, recording artist-teacher, and engineer, Mr. Thomas seeks to express his abiding love for the hidden power of Art. Oluyemi’s primary focus is to touch the inner core of individuals, be it in a public forum, radio, television, recording, or on the bandstand. For two decades Oluyemi & his lovely wife poet Ijeoma have been members of the music and poetry unit Positive Knowledge.

Wordsmith, spoken word artist, poet, vocalist, and teacher, Ijeoma Thomas believes “all art is a gift of the Holy Spirit”. She has composed, performed, and recorded with the music unit “Positive Knowledge” and published many chapbooks and individual poems in local and national publications.

Sunday, April 24, 2022, 4pm
House of Faern
Beth Schenck: saxophone – Jenny Scheinman: violin – Matt Wrobel: guitar – John Wood: piano

Beth Schenck is a saxophonist, composer, and educator based in San Francisco. She feels most at home with music that blurs the line between composition and improvisation. Beth’s music has been described by critics as “frank and beautiful” (Greg Burk), “reliably enthralling” and “transporting” (Andrew Gilbert).