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Alex Levine Quartet - Towards the Center (2016) KARI-ON PRODUCTIONS

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

A 5 Year Collaboration Brings Forth A Collective Experience Towards the Center
Street Date:  October 7, 2016

Alex Levine Quartet
Alex Levine (Luh-veen) - guitar
Marcus Elliot - tenor saxophone
Ben Rolston (Rawl-stun) - bass
Stephen Boegehold (Bay-Ga-Hold) - drums
 



CD DESCRIPTION
The body of work represented on Towards The Center was first developed during my time at the University of Michigan School of Music. The earliest composition on the album, “Ritual Dance”, was inspired in part by contemplative practices introduced to me by Professor Martha Travers. “Ritual Dance” refers not only to physical movement, but also the merging of individual minds into a group consciousness. Creating, practicing, and performing music is a ritual that transforms and transcends boundaries between individuals, musicians and listeners. Towards The Center is a process by which each musician, and listener alike, relates to the mysterious gravity that exists at the center of a group interaction, and improvises with a focus on the total group dynamic. At the core of each performance is a collection of ideas, compositional and formal frameworks, and shared practices and strategies that each of us draws upon to intuitively realize a collective musical statement.


It was essential to me that the music presented on this album be created through an intuitive and unhurried process. So, rather than presenting the music in a written form, with specific pre-determined arrangements, all of the music captured on this album was communicated and developed aurally. This process required each musician to engage deeply with the material and to fully internalize each element of the compositions, and enables a greater fluidity and flexibility in our execution of the music. I am eternally grateful to saxophonist Marcus Elliot, bassist Ben Rolston, and drummer Stephen Boegehold for their creativity, musicianship, and commitment to this project. As a quartet, we have been collaborating for almost five years, and our individual relationships go back even further. Much of the work preparing for Towards The Center occurred during a three-week period of intense composition, practice, and group development in Poschiavo, Switzerland, as a part of the UNCOOL Artists in Residence program sponsored by Cornelia Mueller.


Towards The Center is dedicated to the visionary musician, poet, and artist, Henry Grimes. Since moving to New York in 2012, Henry has provided me with immeasurable creative wisdom and guidance during many hours of private lessons, playing, and conversation. Henry’s brilliance as a musician is equalled by his profound poetic statements. The newest composition on the album is a suite of music entitled “Adama,” inspired by Henry’s poem “Adama and Porquory” (2006 Signs Along The Road). The poem, and the suite, is a spiritual history of human beings, beginning with total Harmony, unity of purpose and understanding, to disorder and conflict, and disparate human mythologies created to define the inexplicable forces that have shaped our universe. It is a cycle from togetherness to apartness, and could be heard from any starting point.
 
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 UPCOMING APPEARANCES
October 7, 2016 – Radiobean – Burlington, VE – Alex Levine Quartet
October 8, 2016 – Café Résonance – Montreal, QC – Alex Levine Quartet
October 9, 2016 – Lovin Cup – Rochester, NY – Alex Levine Quartet
October 15, 2016 – Trinosophes – Detroit, MI – Alex Levine Quartet
November 26, 2016 – Virgil Carr Center – Detroit, MI – Towards The Center CD Release
January 6, 2017 – Cliff Bell’s – Detroit, MI – Alex Levine Quartet
January 7,  2017 – Cliff Bell’s – Detroit, MI – Alex Levine Quartet
 
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