Although COLE PORTER’S songbook is one of the most revisited, this concert treats his music like no one before -- a conversation between bass and voice, expressing the fantastic melody lines and harmonic skills of Porter along with his wit and verve for life.

As expats in San Francisco, Shimpei Ogawa and Noa Levy found a common language in Porter’s creations and are bringing their own traditions and musical influences to reimagine Porter’s works of art.

Expect the unexpected as the bass and vocal duo skillfully break apart and beautifully reassemble some of Porter’s lesser known masterpieces as well as his musical gems.Videos

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Noa is a jazz-rock fusion vocalist originally from Israel. She sings with the emotional directness of Carmen McCrae, a powerful voice reminiscent of Eva Cassidy and the playful energy of Anita O’Day. Noa studied with Art Khu, Alona Turel, Dann Zinn, Laurie Antonioli and Sandy Cressman and has performed with internationally renowned artists including Yoni Rechter, Alon Nadel, Marc Secara, Clairdee as well as the Israeli Chamber Orchestra. Noa served and performed in the IDF Navy band


Shimpei is a jazz bass player, originally from Japan. He studied with Jeff Denson, Scott Thompson, and Sascha Jacobsen and has performed with Akira Tana, Dann Zinn, Terrence Brewer, Faye Carol, and the Electric Squeezebox Orchestra. Shimpei won the Outstanding Rhythm Section prize in the Reno Jazz Festival, was chosen as a finalist in the Jazz division of the International Society of Bassist Competition in 2019 and was awarded in the 2018 Jazz Search West Competition.