DATE: Wednesday, MAY 25
TIME: 8 P.M.
Daniel Levin, cello; Mat Maneri, viola; Matt Moran, vibraphone; Toby Cederberg, double-bass
Sound It Out welcomes genre-defying cellist Daniel Levin in a show featuring his chamber-jazz quartet with viola virtuoso Mat Maneri, vibist Matt Moran & bassist Toby Cederberg. All About Jazz described Levin as “one of the outstanding cellists working in the vanguard arena,” while the New York City Jazz Record called him “ridiculously fluent, virtually overflowing with ideas.”
Cellist Daniel Levin’s drummerless quartet occupies a musical space bordered by many kinds of music, but fully defined by none of them. Elements of European classical music, American jazz, microtonal and new music, and European free improvisation all figure prominently in the band’s sound. Without drums, Levin and his band mates are free to explore rhythm, melody, timbre and texture in extremely subtle and varied ways, creating an alluring braid of lines shaded by autumnal colors, vocal inflections and precise dynamics. Point of Departure notes: “For all its balance and clarity, the music tempers its delicacy with a dark, unsentimental edge that pushes it past the polite banter of chamber jazz into something deeper and truer.”