Rozanne Levine & Chakra Tuning at Yippie Cafe, NYC, May 7


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showcase music from their debut CD, Only Moment, and new compositions

ROZANNE LEVINE - alto clarinet, clarinet, bamboo flute, compositions
PERRY ROBINSON - clarinets
MARK WHITECAGE - clarinet, soprano sax
ROSI HERTLEIN - violin, voice

DATE: Friday, May 7

VENUE: Yippie Museum Cafe, in Greenwich Village at 9 Bleecker Street between Bowery and Elizabeth Street, New York City, Telephone: (212)677-5918

SHOWTIME: 8:00 PM - two sets

ADMISSION: $10. cover for both sets

MORE INFO: on Rozanne Levine and to hear sound samples: Rozanne Levine's website
Yippie Museum: Yippie Museum website

Speaking of clarinetist and composer Rozanne Levine's latest recording, Cadence music critic Phillip McNally acknowledges her as a “mature artist" making a “powerful statement" - an artist who has “labored long and hard at [her] craft, found [her] individual voice." She focuses on guided improvisations and compositions that allow for creative input from her musicians, and cherishes intuitive organic communication in her music. Sonic conversations emerge and develop as Chakra Tuning explores textures, sonorities and space. The music weaves in and out of melodies, exploring rhythms, moods and inner space in a transforming, unfolding journey.

Ms. Levine performs on alto clarinet, clarinet and bamboo flute, and her long-time band mate Mark Whitecage joins her on clarinet and soprano sax. Adding their totally original voices to Chakra Tuning are clarinetist Perry Robinson and violinist/vocalist Rosi Hertlein.

Ms. Levine draws inspiration for her compositions from various myths, cosmologies, spiritual traditions and current events, out of which she and her band mates weave a musical tapestry. Bird whistles, ocarinas, half horns, indian rattles, percussion and storytelling play a part in the group sound. Chakra Tuning released their highly-praised debut CD, Only Moment, in June 2009, on Ms. Levine and Mr. Whitecage's label, Acoustics.

All the members of Chakra Tuning are acclaimed composers and bandleaders. Rozanne Levine has worked with dancers, poets, actors, sound sculptors, in bands large and small, and with some of the most creative musicians on both coasts, including Anthony Braxton, William Parker, Jason Kao Hwang, The New Reed Quartet, Mark Whitecage and the Bi-Coastal Orchestra, and the Improvisors Collective Orchestra, among others. Mark Whitecage is internationally known as an innovative instrumentalist and composer in the fields of jazz and new music. He has performed internationally and recorded with some of the leading artists of our time, including Jeanne Lee, Anthony Braxton, Jacques Coursil, The Nu Band, Drunk Butterfly, Gunter Hampel, Mario Pavone, Joe McPhee, William Parker, Marshall Allen and Steve Swell. Perry Robinson is a master of the clarinet in jazz, folk and avant-garde music who has worked with everyone from Dave Brubeck and Bill Dixon to Pete Seeger, George Clinton, Badal Roy and Anthony Braxton; and Rosi Hertlein is a breathtaking improviser on both violin and voice who has performed and recorded with Cecil Taylor, Pauline Oliveros, Joe McPhee, Joe Giardullo, Ivo Perelman, Wendy Osserman Dance Company, and Howard Johnson, to name a few. Ms. Hertlein is also an experienced educator currently teaching in the New York City area.

“Rozanne Levine has done remarkable work with Mark Whitecage in various musical settings, but 'Only Moment' is a treasure even by their lofty standards.... Levine's rich sonorous alto clarinet is palpable on songs like the opening 'Blues Lullaby in F' and the moody, brooding 'Lost Freedoms'... Free form interplay abounds... When the horns blend together, the harmonies are rich and thick... Winsome and winning, 'Only Moment' is another amazing gem from Whitecage and Levine." - George Harris, All About Jazz

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