Rob Levit
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Webpage: http://www.roblevit.com
Location: Annapolis, Maryland, USA
Description: Adventurous Ambient New Age Music for the Thinking Person -- Guitar, Electronica, Soundscapes, Jazz
Biography: Rob Levit, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts Artist-In-Residence, is an award-winning musician, artist, and speaker actively engaged in the creative process. A graduate of the University of Virginia and New England Conservatory of Music, he has given workshops and/or concerts for Leadership Anne Arundel, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, The Summit School, Entrepreneurs Exchange, American Women in Communication and other organizations. In his Creative Outreach Program through Maryland Hall, he has worked to bring the joy of creativity and the arts to numerous schools and underserved populations including: DC Village Homeless Shelter, Boys and Girls Club, Anne Arundel County Social Services, and Anne Arundel County Schools. Levit has produced over a dozen concerts at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts as Founder and Artistic Director of The Lew Cronin Memorial Concert Series and The Emerging Artist Concert Series. These concerts have included: Jazz, Persian classical music, Indian classical music, Bluegrass, Folk, Experimental Improvisation, Silent Film with Live Music and Ugandan music. As a leader and composer, he has recorded and released 17 CD's of original music. He has received major grants from the Doris Duke Foundation/Chamber Music America New Works and The Jazz Composers Alliance and is a five-time consecutive recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award for Artistic Excellence. Performances include the mainstage of the Montreal Jazz Festival, Ottawa National Arts Center, The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, and First Night Annapolis. Levit also paints all the artwork for his compact discs and recently finished 24 original diagrams and illustrations for his forthcoming book on creativity.
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Touch the Spiritis an album that EXPLORES in every sense of the word. Each track introduces something totally unique and impacts you in a completely different way both musically and emotionally.

Rob Levit uses his music to engage his audience and show them what is possible when a brilliant musician thinks out side of the box. Creativity and the guitar are the instruments that Levit uses to take his listeners along with him on a journey that stops off at many interesting sights along the way.

On the title track, Touch the Spirit, the artist grabs your attention right away with powerful yet peaceful sounds that evoke divine feelings of something beyond what we know as humans. On The Traveler, Rob lays down the soundtrack that you hear in your head when youre trekking around in a strange and foreign land. The Borderlandfeatures eastern influenced rhythms with Fripp-esque, layered guitar sounds that truly show Levits virtuoso talent and ear for music. Other tracks on the album encompass a full range of musical styles that include soft, peaceful, acoustic guitar offerings to fun, lighthearted jaunts that are sure to put a smile on anyones face.

From the first note struck, the listener quickly realizes that Rob Levit is a VERY talented guitarist. His skills allow him to play the most complex scales and arrangements while projecting it all with a calm and relaxing delivery. His ability to create so many different sounds and styles while tying them together in a harmonious fashion really comes through on Touch the Spirit.

Three of Robs original watercolors make up the striking album art.

Rob Levit, an award-winning jazz musician, composer, and educator residing in Annapolis, MD, has been selected as a fellow in the APPEX program at UCLA for the summer 2006 period.

During the fellowship, Levit will live, study, perform, and collaborate with 15 artists selected from an international pool of applicants. The Asia Pacific Performance Exchange (APPEX) http://www.wac.ucla.edu/cip/appex/index.htm is an international musicians and artists residency program that promotes cross-cultural and interdisciplinary understanding; develops rigorous strategies for art-making reflecting the nuances of cultural differences; and fosters new ways to experiment, collaborate, and interpret artistic expression. Since its inception in 1995, APPEX has brought together more than 100 traditional and contemporary musicians and performing artists from throughout Asia -- from Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Myanmar, Philippines and Vietnam -- and the United States for intensive residency sessions on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

APPEX musicians and artists residency is made possible by The Ford Foundation, with additional support from the U.S. Department of State, the National Endowment for the Arts, The Ford Foundation Jakarta, The National Commission for Culture and Arts- Philippines, and the Asian Cultural Council.

About Rob Levit:
Robert Edward Levit, Annapolis, MD, USA
Rob Levit, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts Artist-In-Residence, is an award-winning musician, artist, and speaker actively engaged in the creative process. A graduate of the University of Virginia and New England Conservatory of Music, he has given workshops and/or concerts for Leadership Anne Arundel, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, The Summit School, Entrepreneurs Exchange, American Women in Communication and other organizations. In his Creative Outreach Program through Maryland Hall, he has worked to bring the joy of creativity and the arts to numerous schools and underserved populations including: DC Village Homeless Shelter, Boys and Girls Club, Anne Arundel County Social Services, and Anne Arundel County Schools.

Levit has produced over a dozen concerts at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts as Founder and Artistic Director of The Lew Cronin Memorial Concert Series and The Emerging Artist Concert Series. These concerts have included: Jazz, Persian classical music, Indian classical music, Bluegrass, Folk, Experimental Improvisation, Silent Film with Live Music and Ugandan music.

As a leader and composer, he has recorded and released 17 CD's of original music. He has received major grants from the Doris Duke Foundation/Chamber Music America New Works and The Jazz Composers Alliance and is a five-time consecutive recipient of the Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award for Artistic Excellence. Performances include the mainstage of the Montreal Jazz Festival, Ottawa National Arts Center, The Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, and First Night Annapolis. Levit also paints all the artwork for his compact discs and recently finished 24 original diagrams and illustrations for his forthcoming book on creativity.

Levit's current CD, Touch the Spirit, is #11 on the New Age/World charts. His band, The Rob Levit Trio, has received the honor "Best Jazz Performer" from What's Up Magazine three consecutive times.

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Photo Credit: Cindy Kunst