Petrolia, California, USA. Born and raised in an isolated community, Scheinman studied piano and violin as a child and at first concentrated on the former instrument. Her music studies, like her general education, were informally organized by her parents and others in their community as the nearest school was some hours distant. Scheinman played piano and violin at local music festivals and also during visits to New York and Europe. She eventually, and briefly, attended Oberlin Conservatory, and the University of California at Santa Cruz and Berkeley. At the latter, she majored in English Literature and on graduation began playing jazz in and around San Francisco. Among artists with whom she worked during this period were John Schott, Ben Goldberg and the Rova Saxophone Quartet. In addition to jazz, she also played avant rock and new music, and led her own band, Giant Trio, which actually had five pieces. Among many musicians with whom she played in these years,...