Levy, Craven Perform in Aberdeen
The Rooster’s Wife offers the Sandhills community a rare experience Sunday, April 25, bringing virtuoso Howard Levy to the gallery of Poplar Knight Spot to teach and perform.
He will be joined by percussionist Joe Craven in the evening concert.
Craven will lead an afternoon workshop open to all people who love music starting at 2 p.m. Instruments are welcome. “The only requirement is an open mind,” says a spokesman.
Levy’s class is offered to 20 students, beginning at 4 p.m. Harmonicas will be supplied. There will be a half hour break between sessions.
The concert will start at 8 p.m., with doors to the venue opening at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are available online at theroosterswife.org, with debit and credit cards, by cash and check at the door. Reservations are suggested by calling (910) 944-7502.
Howard Levy is a musician without limits. His musical adventures include journeys into jazz, pop, rock, world music, Latin, classical, folk, blues, country, theater and film. He has appeared on hundreds of CDs, won a Grammy (1997), won a Joseph Jefferson Award (1986) for Best Original Music for a Play and has performed many times on American and European television and radio.
Universally acknowledged as the world’s most advanced diatonic harmonica player, Levy developed a fully chromatic style on the standard 10-hole diatonic harmonica, revolutionizing harmonica playing and taking the instrument into totally new territory.
He is also an accomplished pianist and composer and plays many other instruments as well, including flute, ocarina, mandolin, saxophone and percussion.
Levy was a founding member of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. He toured and recorded two albums with Kenny Loggins, and formed Trio Globo with Eugene Friesen and Glen Velez.
He has also performed and/or recorded with Dolly Parton, Styx, Bobby McFerrin, Paul Simon, John Prine, Paquito D’Rivera, Ken Nordine and many others, as well as touring and recording extensively in Europe with artists such as Rabih Abou Khalil and Michael Riessler.
Levy studied piano and theory at The Manhattan School of Music in New York for four years, then studied pipe organ with Carl Lambert for two years. He attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., for two years, playing in the jazz band.
As a music educator, Levy has taught hundreds of students privately, and has been a guest lecturer at Harvard, Berklee, Dartmouth College, Northwestern University and Francis Parker School, given jazz clinics at high schools and has given hundreds of performances of “Music from around the World,” a program of international music for children and adults.
The Rooster’s Wife is a nonprofit agency created to celebrate the performing arts as a means of building community.
The fourth season of outdoor community concerts will begin Mother’s Day, May 9, at 6 p.m. at the Postmaster’s House, 204 E. South St., Aberdeen. Tickets for those concerts are available online or at the gate. (In case of inclement weather, the concert will be indoors at the gallery of Poplar Knight Spot, 114 Knight St, Aberdeen.)
Visit the website www.theroosterswife.org for the complete summer schedule of events.
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