Elliott Levin - Sax, Flute
Brian Marsella - Keys
Ed Watkins - Percussion
Frankenstein: This 1910 adaptation of Mary Shelley's classic tale was written and directed by J. Searle Dawley and produced over a three day period at the Edison Studios in New York.
Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde: The king of the silent films William King Baggot stars in this 1913 dramatization of Robert Louis Stephenson’s classic horror story The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.
The Bewitched Inn (1897): (aka L’auberge-ensorcelée). Directed by Georges Mélièss. A weary traveler stops at an inn to get a good night’s sleep, but his rest is interrupted by supernatural happenings when he gets to his room like beds vanishing and re-appearing, candles exploding, pants flying through the air and his shoes walking away by themselves.
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JUST ADDED! Special appearance by Philadelphia resident and Penn alumnus M. ELIAS KELLER, author of Strange Case of Mr. Bodkin & Father Whitechapel, a unique adaptation of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde! Keller will introduce the timeless themes of Jekyll & Hyde and discuss his new twist on the classic, which flips Stevenson's story upside down by telling the tale of a ruthless banker, his repressed saint, and the dangerous consequences of unhindered goodness.
Elliott Levin - compositions & performances through flutes, saxophones, words.
Born and based in Phila., Pa. pursuing early studies with Michael Guerra (legendary saxist/clarinetist of Phila. Orchestra under Stokowski); and composer/flutist Claire Polin (collaborator with flute innovater William Kincaid). Studied music and creative writing at the U. of Oregon. Later studies with masters- pianist/improvisor/composer Cecil Taylor; and later with saxophonist/improviser/composer Odean Pope- led to long time relationships of performing and recording with their ensembles. A member of many groups in Phila/NYC area over the past 30 years (since the early '70's), he has continued to work with his own ensembles as well including INTERPLAY Ensemble, NEW GHOST, The PHILADELPHIA PHENOMENA to name a few...(collaborating with artists such as Rick Iannacone, Ed Watkins, Ron Howerton, Keno Speller, Marshall Allen, Tyrone Hill, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Calvin Weston, and many others).
OLDUVAI- "Baubo" on Tiwa Records (original poetry & music).
ILTAR- "Iltar" on Tiwa Records (original poetry & music).
THE MOTION OF EMOTION; SOUL-ETUDE; A FINE INTENSITY; OPPORTUNITIES & ADVANTAGES ("ON IN ON-ON-DAGA!")- on CIMP Recordings (as a leader)...
THE LIGHT OF CORONA; also- ALMEDA- on FMP (w/ Cecil Taylor Ensemble)...
THE SOUND VISION ORCHESTRA- on Eremite (w/ Alan Silva)...
ODEAN POPE'S SAXOPHONE CHOIR- "Locked & Loaded"(w/Michael Brecker; James Carter, & Joe Lovano)
LEVIN/CARTER/BALGOCHIAN/KRALL/SHURDUT Ensemble; a solo Poetry & Music CD
Bobby Zankel's WARRIORS OF THE WONDERFUL SOUND-"Ceremonies Of Forgiveness".
SECRET VOICES "No Time For Silence" (1KRecordings) w/ Ursula Rucker, Rich Medina, etc. (International poetry & music compilation).
NEW GHOST -"Live Upstairs @ Nick's" on ESP (original poetry & music).
INTERPLAY- "Apology to the Atonists/Tritone Suite)" on Porter Re3cords (original poetry & music)
SEESAW ENSEMBLE- "Elliott Levin Meets the Seesaw Ensemble" on Porter Records (original poetry & Music).
His book of poetry "does it swing...?" is published by Heat Press (LA).
for more info: www.radical3over2.com/elliott/levin.html
Edward Watkins - a native of Philadelphia,Pa. is a self-taught percussionist and abstract painter. Studied music formally at Settlement Music School in Philadelphia. Watkins has performed,toured and recorded with various jazz artists - internationally and nationally - such as Stan Clarke, Gato Barbieri, Charles Gayle, Byard Lancaster and Marshall Allen, to name a few. Formed the improvisational trio - the 'Edward Watkins Unit' in 2010. Currently living in Philadelphia.
Brian Marsella is an emerging artist in the improv music community. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Brian learned music by ear at age three from listening to his father, an amateur jazz musician, play the saxophone and vibraphone. His first music loves were Tchaikovsky, Antonio Carlos Jobim, and Scott Joplin. At five, Brian started to study classical piano and gave his first public performance. Most of...
Brian's childhood was filled with the struggle of learning music and the exhilaration of performance. At age eleven, Brian had has first professional "gig." Throughout his teen years, Brian performed extensively around the Philadelphia area in a myriad of settings. A friendship at that time with Philadelphia bassist, Lance Walker, whom had worked with Patti LaBelle and Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, opened Brian to the world of R&B, blues, funk, and fusion, working with bands The Dukes of Destiny, The Elgins, and countless others. While doing club dates at night and weddings on the weekends, Brian kept up his classical career as well. At fourteen, Brian was the music director, conductor, and harpsichordist for the New Hope Performing Arts Festival's production of Mozart's opera, Bastien and Batienna, which received rave reviews. At sixteen, Brian gave his first full length concert at The James Lorah House, in Doylestown, Pa. The concert included works of D. Scarlatti, Chopin, Brahms and the world premier of Peter Cody's Sonata for Clarinet and Piano. Throughout this time, Brian was studying classical piano with master, David Ancker.
Brian went on to study composition at the Westminster Choir College, and piano performance at The Juilliard School and The Peabody Conservatory, having studied with teachers such as David Dubal and Robert MacDonald. After a year hiatus from music, Brian moved to NYC and received his BFA in jazz performance from the New School Jazz and Contemporary Music Program. There he studied with Richie Beirach, George Garzone, Reggie Workman, Junior Mance, Joanne Brackeen, and LeAnn Ledgerwood.
Since 2000, Brian has been a busy performing and recording artist, playing around the world with some of the world's finest musicians. Brian has been a member of Brazilian percussionist, Cyro Baptista's internationally acclaimed band, Beat the Donkey, since 2004. With Beat the Donkey, Brian has performed throughout the US and Europe, having played Central Park Summer Stage, Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Bethel Woods Jazz Festival, and the Planet Arlington World Music Festival. This past year, Cyro and Brian have collaborated in forming the band, Banquet of the Spirits, with bassist, Shanir Blumenkrantz and drummer, Tim Keiper. The group has played Tonic, The Jazz Standard, and MOMA, to frenzied audiences.
Brian is also a founding member of long-time band of friends, Caveman. Caveman has played over 300 shows in the US and Canada, including performances at the 2002 Endless Mountain Music Festival, 2003 New Orleans Jazz Festival, and Camp Bisco VI. Caveman has self-released two albums, 'Before the World' (which features a track with friend, Matisyahu) and 'totem'. Brian has also toured with Tzadik recording artist, Eyal Maoz's, 'Edom'. With Edom, Brian has performed at The New York City Winter Jazz Festival, The Montreal Jazz Festival, and the oy!hoo festival in NYC. The group will be recording a new album for Tzadik this year and will be performing in Russia this fall.
Brian's other touring and recording credits include work with artists: Billy Martin, G. Calvin Weston, Marshall Allen, Odean Pope, Dave Fuszinski, Anat Cohen, Byard Lancatser, Jamaladeen Tacuma, Matisyahu, Trevor Dunn, Mary Halvorson, Briggan Kraus, Romero Lubambo, D.J. Logic, Taylor McFerrin, George Garzone, Rick Iannicone, Elliot Levin, Warren Oree, Dennis Irwin, Jason Smart, Edmar Castenada, Stephen Bernstein, Jon Madof, Erik Friedlander, Ches Smith, Baye Kouyate; and groups: Mad Cow, Big Tree, Leana Song, Pharoah's Daughter, UB313, Chris Tunkle Band, Circuit Breaker, Mother of All Bombs, Brentwood Estates, Exoskeleton, and Group Therapy.
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