Carol J Levin
electric harp, percussion
violin, viola, electronics
Amelia Love Clearheart/Solvej Amelia Noa
spontaneous poet, vocalist, dancer
With loops and effects in synergistic, immediate performance from tender to wild.
CHA's album, Remembering Backward, released January 2020
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Spontanea is a collective of Seattle-based improvisers representing diverse backgrounds and influences.
The interaction of these three soloists defines Spontanea'a music: guitar innovator Matt Benham employs a custom array of effects to stretch the sonic borders. Carol J Levin plays an electrified harp, producing a span unique to that instrument, adding percussion & kalimba and effects. Kenny Mandell, award-winning jazz performer and educator, uses reeds, woodwinds and percussion in myriad ways. Scott Schaffer adds bass and other strings to the mix and facilitates their recording process.
The group recorded its first album, Flow, in 2018, a freewheeling tapestry of quartets, trios, duets and solos linked together in a single narrative. Just before the coronavirus lockdown began, they recorded two free-ranging new records with special guest, cellist James Hoskins. Their May 2020 release, Chromasonic, explores synesthesia, the blending of senses, with songs inspired by the work of visual artist Ellie Polk. The third album, Quintaphonic, was released in February 2021.
Carol J Levin joins Scrambler on electric harp, effects and small percussion, as a regular member of this rotating large ensemble directed by Christian Pincock, employing Soundpainting gestural conducting language.
Scrambler has performed at Seattle's Vermillion Art Bar, the Racer Sessions, the Royal Room and at Wayward Music's Chapel Performance Space. While sheltering-at-home, Scrambler met online and performed on YouTube and Facebook Live.
See a Scrambler live performance (2018)
And a video created during the pandemic (2020)
Carol J Levin: electric harp, effects, small percussion
Don Berman: percussion, digital tanpura
Dick Valentine: flutes, electronics
Matthew Benham: guitar, effects
An improvising quartet exploring original collaborations. Featuring a range of styles including meditative music inspired by sources such as Pharaoh Sanders and Alice Coltrane.
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Carol J Levin
clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophones
Reinterpreting jazz and classical standards, with wacky impro moments