Spoken by Gijs Levelt
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Gijs Levelt

Label: Level T Records
Released: 2021
Duration: 01:00:04
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Also known as Sun; Nacht; Hemelstraat; Dizzy; Spoken; Sofia; Bangalore; Calling; Jon; Unanswered; Also known as Moon


Gijs Levelt

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Inspired by several of my trumpet heroes (Miles Davis, Nils Petter Molvaer, Nicholas Payton, Roy Hargrove, Maurice Brown, Cuong Vu, and Jon Hassell), in 2017 I decided to immerse myself in the wondrous world of effects pedals. After a period of research and experimentation, I used them for the occasional collaborative project and created live music for a play directed by my wife, the director Mariken Bijnen. After that, director Dick Hauser introduced me to visual artist Jola Hesselberth. In a collaborative effort under his artistic supervision, she created animations and I composed music, which I recorded in my home studio. Those recordings kept haunting me – they are laid-back, unique, intimate pieces with a strong personal touch – and I am pleased to share them with you. I created these pieces using my trumpet and a select number of effects pedals (for those in the know: a Whammy Pitch Shifter, Echo 1 Delay, Ditto Looper, EHX Freeze, and on tracks #3 and #6 a Line 6 Filter Modeller). For each piece, I came up with a plan, consisting of sound, form, and content ideas then turned on my recording equipment and improvised a version. Each one is a pure one-take, without any overdubs, full of spontaneity and life. - Gijs Levelt


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