Don Preston, Sun Araw Band Ensemble

Co-presented by Dublab

Don Preston, Sun Araw Band Ensemble

Wed · August 2, 2017

8:00 pm (event ends at 1:00 am)

$8.00 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

Don Preston / Elliott Levin Quartet
Don Preston / Elliott Levin Quartet
Don Preston - electric piano
Elliot Levin - sax, flute and poetry
Anders Swansen - bass
Chris Garcia - drums

Don Preston (b. 1932) has played and recorded with Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention, Captain Beefheart & his Magic Band, The Residents, John Lennon & Yoko Ono, Elvin Jones, Charlie Haden, Paul Bley, Carla Bley, Meredith Monk, Yusef Lateef, Charles Lloyd, John Carter and many others. He was friends with legendary inventors Harry Partch and Robert Moog and played Moog synthesizers on the soundtrack for Apocalypse Now, among many other soundtracks and studio albums. A compilation of some of Don’s previously unreleased solo electronic work from the ’60s and ’70s was released by Sub Rosa in 2012.

Elliott Levin grew up in Philly, but studied music and creative writing on the west coast at the University of Oregon. He took private lessons with a former Philadelphia Orchestra saxophonist, Michael Guera, and embarked on further research with the great jazz pianist, Cecil Taylor, in whose groups Levin has also performed. Claire Polin is Levin's primary instructor on flute. The weekend grocery list of Levin credits includes playing with Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes for a decade as the saxophonist in the Sound of Philadelphia band, as well as with Odean Popes' Saxophone Choir, Tyrone Hill, Don Preston, Scram!, New Ghost, Atzilut (Fourth World), Talking Free Bebop, and various collaborations with bassist Jamaladeen Tacuma. Levin's gigs with Taylor included the groups Phthongas and Unit Core Ensemble, and he can be heard on the Taylor FMP album Live in Berlin. On the poetry scene he has performed with Miguel Algarin, Gloria Tropp, Mbali Umoja, Marty Watt, and Frank Messina. Levin has published several books of his verse, which also appears in publications such as L.A. Weekly, Blue Beat Jacket, The Painted Word, Po' Fly, Vital Pulse, and Poets and Prophets. In 1999, Levin was featured at a number of European jazz festivals. He has received awards from New American Radio in New York, 5he City of Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, the Pennsylvania Council for the Arts, and the California Endowment for the Humanities. - Eugene Chadbourne
Sun Araw Band Ensemble
Sun Araw Band Ensemble
SUN ARAW is the long term musical practice of LOS ANGELES based artist CAMERON STALLONES. The practice is pointed towards the discontinuous and psychotropic effects of free music, and the expansion of the time-experience when the composition removes a fixed place from which to listen.
Venue Information:
2478 N Fletcher Dr
Los Angeles, CA, 90039