Words by Hal Rammel
Rozanne Levine’s quartet Chakra Tuning features a very unusual instrumental line up of reeds – almost the entire family of clarinets from soprano to bass – and violin. All the members of the group add miscellaneous percussion, bird calls, small flutes, and so on. The violinist Rosi Hertlein adds voice to the mix as the group improvises in and around original compositions by the leader Rozanne Levine. Her reed-playing band mates have long histories in free jazz from work with Anthony Braxton, Gunter Hampel, Archie Shepp, and Henry Grimes.
In addition to this wealth of musical experiences, Rozanne Levine’s music draws inspiration from myths from China to New Zealand, cosmologies and spiritual traditions both east and west, and current events, out of which her quartet weaves musical tapestries. Chakra Tuning will sound absolutely gorgeous in the intimate gallery space at Woodland Pattern. This is a concert not to be missed.
Chakra Tuning will perform this Sunday, March 6, at 7 p.m. at Woodland Pattern Book Center (720 East Locust Street). More info at: (414) 263-5001 and http://woodlandpattern.org/gallery/acl.shtml.