Rozanne Levine & Chakra Tuning New CD "Only Moment"


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We at Acoustics are excited to announce the release of Only Moment, the debut CD from Rozanne Levine & Chakra Tuning...

Scheduled for release on June 1, 2009, Only Moment is already garnering acclaim – called “gorgeous" and “amazing" by Massimo Ricci of Touching Extremes, and “completely sublime", “exquisite" and “quite magical" by Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery (more from Massimo and Bruce below).

Only Moment features Rozanne Levine on alto clarinet, clarinet and compositions, with long-time band mate Mark Whitecage on clarinet, soprano saxophone and electronics. Adding their totally original voices are clarinetist Perry Robinson and violinist/vocalist Rosi Hertlein. Rozanne Levine’s compositions form the thematic material from which the musicians improvise. Electronic manipulation plays a part in the group sound, as do bird whistles, ocarinas, half horns, and percussion.

Rozanne brings her love of improvisational spontaneity and organic, subtly shifting sounds to the fore through the vehicle of Chakra Tuning. Sonic conversations emerge and develop as the group explores textures, sonorities and space. The music of Chakra Tuning weaves in and out of melodies, exploring rhythms, moods and inner space in a transforming, unfolding journey.

You can read more about Rozanne and hear audio clips from Only Moment at the Acoustics web site: Acoustics

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More on Only Moment from Massimo Ricci and Bruce Lee Gallanter:

“As soon as one spins Only Moment--the latest offering from Rozanne Levine's Chakra Tuning--the room is pervaded by presences resembling spirits of wellbeing. Right away, the clarity of every note played, the consistency of the amalgamation among the musicians and a sense of shared endeavor for the abolishment of narrow-mindedness contribute to a private feeling of enjoyment which is absolutely not based on something “easing the nerves", or plain silly. With each listen we find ourselves perseveringly intent in attempting a veritable penetration of every sound, like if the completion of the experience depended on a full understanding of any single acoustic event. The music comes out smoothly and extremely physically at once, influenced by so many things – natural occurrences, bird talking, native Indian chants, theatre – that the tracks might represent different segments of a being’s life cycle, and I’m writing this without the fear of sounding nonsensically hippy or esoterically lost in nowhereland, my skill in distinguishing between counterfeit illuminations and sober practices of inside connectivity rigorously trained as ever.

Levine is flanked by Perry Robinson, Mark Whitecage and Rosi Hertlein. Listening to these artists reveal their fundamental nature through the full command of the instruments is just amazing. All kinds of clarinets, saxophones, ocarinas, bird whistles and percussion are utilized by the nominal leader and her long-time male companions, while Hertlein--a mean violinist--also sings and handles additional percussive chores with the same nimbleness. The artists' technique might be admirable, and indeed it is. But what really wins for me is the sort of opposition to hopelessness that this gorgeous recording generates as early as the circulation of the first notes in the air. Coming from a hard-boiled mankind-disparager like yours truly, this should give you something to chew over." - Massimo Ricci, Touching Extremes

“The first piece, 'Blues Lullaby in F' is a lovely, somber piece for solo clarinet which I found to be completely sublime. 'Thunder Talks' begins with just subtle percussion, ocarina, voice and other exquisite earthy sounds. It has an organic elegance that I find to be ever so fine, like meditating on the sounds of the forest. On 'Lost Freedoms' we hear a few layers of clarinets that sound orchestral, with superb harmonies. There is a unique blend and sound here that is quite magical. Perhaps it is the subtle electronics that Mark Whitecage employs that makes this so special. Although each clarinet is distinct with its own sound, the combination of three strong players makes this a particularly wonderful tapestry." - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery

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