Daniel Levin Trio, Thursday, October 26, 7:30pm, Studio4, Northampton

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featuring Daniel Levin, cello, Tony Malaby, tenor and soprano saxophone, Randy Peterson, drums, Studio4, 25 Main St., 4th floor, Northampton, MA

Daniel Levin is “one of the outstanding cellists working in the vanguard arena” (All About Jazz), “ridiculously fluent, virtually overflowing with ideas” (New York City Jazz Record) and “very much the man to watch.” (Penguin Guide to Jazz). No matter what setting he plays in, cellist Daniel Levin occupies a musical space bordered by many kinds of music, but fully defined by none of them.

“Demonstrating an impressive breadth of texture and contrast, the cellist Daniel Levin comes well prepared for a career in jazz’s contemporary avant-garde.” (Nate Chinen, The New York Times).

Elements of European classical music, American jazz, microtonal and new music, and European free improvisation all figure prominently in his unique sound. As critic John Sharpe observes in The New York City Jazz Record, “he invokes all manner of musics with prodigious skill: jazz, classical, improv, noise, vocal chorus. His technique is unquestioned and he revels in the physicality of the instrument. Those with an adventurous streak or interest in the outer reaches of the cello universe will find much to savor.”

Born in Burlington, Vermont, he began playing the cello at the age of six. In 2001, he graduated with a degree in Jazz Studies from the New England Conservatory of Music, and arrived on New York City jazz scene shortly therafter. Since then, Daniel has developed his own unique voice as a cellist, improviser, and composer. Ed Hazell noted upon release of Levin’s first record as a leader, “Cellist Daniel Levin is a major new voice on his instrument and in improvised music.” He has performed and/or recorded with Billy Bang, Borah Bergman, Tim Berne, Anthony Braxton, Gerald Cleaver, Andrew Cyrille, Mark Dresser, Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, Mat Maneri, Joe Morris, William Parker, Ivo Perelman, Warren Smith, Ken Vandermark, and many others. Daniel is the recipient of a 2010 Jerome Foundation award.

Originally from Tucson, Arizona , Tony Malaby has been permanently based in New York since 1995 and has been a member of Charlie Haden’s Liberation Orchestra, Paul Motian’s Electonic Bebop Band, Mark Helias’ Open Loose, Fred Hersch’s Quintet, Mark Dresser Quartet, and bands led by Mario Pavonne, Bobby Previte, Tom Varner, Marty Ehrlich, Angelica Sanchez and Kenny Wheeler. His debut cd Sabino (Arabesque) made the NY Times and Philadelphia City Paper’s top ten jazz lists for 2000. Malaby leads Tamarindo (William Parker, Nasheet Waits) and TubaCello (Christopher Hoffman, Bob Stewart, John Hollenbeck).

Randy Peterson is an underground drum legend, best known for his work with the late saxophonist/clarinetist Joe Maneri and his son, violist Mat Maneri. Peterson’s first high-profile recording was Joe Maneri’s Let the Horse Go, recorded in 1993. Peterson has also appeared live with the Maneri’s in various contexts, and has also recorded with Pandelis Karayorgis, Dave Ballou and Michael Formanek.