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Akuphone is proud to present the Jerusalem-based improvisational trio Leviot and its hypnotizing debut album.
Leviot (Hebrew for “Lionesses”) is the brainchild of the multifaceted musician and composer Yael Lavie. She is accompanied by classically trained percussionist and music teacher Cnaan Canetti, and synth enthusiast Yishay Seroussi. The project is a result of Lavie’s explorations beyond the restraints of classical kanun and her fascination for electronic sounds and modern composition. The project initially started after Yael performed and recorded with the Spiritczualic Enhancement Center. With Leviot, she favors improvised sets over rehearsed pieces, revolving around virtuous interpretations by Cnaan and Yishay. The three musicians have been active since 2019, playing their immersive shows in a wide variety of settings, venues and festivals.
The trio’s debut release is a live session recorded in late 2020 at the Mazkeka Studios (Jerusalem), for the lockdown edition of the annual Zikuk Festival. It’s a meditative improvised piece in five parts that melts boundaries between traditional and experimental music, combining primal and futuristic sounds. Lavie’s graphic score are a road map for the piece, as Leviot takes off on a cosmic journey with deep drones, whispering chimes, mesmerizing Arab melodies, pulsating rhythms and iridescent ambient patterns.
released August 31, 2022
- Yael Lavie: kanun and bells
- Yishay Seroussi: synthesizer
- Cnaan canetti: darbuka, congas ,bongos and bells
* Musical arrangement: Yael Lavie
* Recorded at Mazkeka Studios, Jerusalem on December 2020
* Sound engineer: Bar Zaken
* Mix: Aviad Sinemanes
* Mastering: Josh Stevenson at Otic Sound (Canada)
* Graphic design: Michael Cohen
* Biography: Markey Funk
A stunning album that melds indian classical, spiritual jazz, and beat music. Every track is a banger and culminates in a true musical journey that covers a lot of moods and emotions. The playing is unreal. The Sonic Cloth Podcast
Promises is a wild adventure of developing sounds of minimalist ambient and third stream jazz fusing together. That may sound pretentious, but trust me this is worth your time! Everyone plays so beautifully here and I’m very happy that this was Sanders’ last piece of work because he put so much into this swansong of a composition! Rest in power Pharoah Sanders AliceDreadfuls