“Inner Landscape” is a solo work by cellist Daniel Levin, released on Clean Feed Records and consist in 6 recordings – landscapes/soundscapes. Tracks 1 and 2 were recorded May 24th, 2009 at Brecht Forum, New York, NY by Robert O’Haire, while tracks 3 to 6 on July 14th, 2009 at The Chateau, Chicago, IL by Brian J. Sulpizio.
Ed Hazell in his liner notes for “Inner Landscape” wrote: Daniel Levin is “a samurai with a calligrapherâ€™s brush in his hand instead of a sword.â€ And well, Daniel Levin brings six improvising pieces, lead us through moments made of light touch to brutal noise, from abstract fantasies and introspective searches to contorted and abrasive explorations.
It’s definitively not an easy-listening, but Levin delivered a sparkling and glowing experiment.
Born in Burlington, Vermont, he began playing the cello at the age of six. In middle school, he also played alto and tenor saxophone in jazz and concert bands. When he was 15 he began studies at The Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Natick, Massachussetts. After graduating, he attended the Mannes College of Music in New York to study with former Piatigorsky student Paul Tobias.
After one year at Mannes, Daniel moved back to the Boston area and, over the next several years, attended the New England Conservatory of Music, interspersed with periods of travelling around the country and abroad. In 2001, he graduated with a degree in Jazz Studies, having worked closely with Joe Maneri, Joe Morris, Hankus Netksy, John McNeil, and others.
In addition to the records he has made as a leader, Daniel has recorded as a collaborator or sideman for Clean Feed, EMANEM, Meta Records, Not Two, Relay Records, and RogueART. He has worked with Billy Bang, Borah Bergman, Tim Berne, Anthony Braxton, Rob Brown, Gerald Cleaver, Andrew Cyrille, Mark Dresser, Tony Malaby, Joe Morris, Joe McPhee, William Parker, Warren Smith, Ken Vandermark, and many others.