This week we are very happy to feature our good pal Levi Gillis! Levi is a Seattle based saxophonist and improviser, a graduate of the UW Jazz Studies program, and an active member in the Seattle improvised music community. He leads the avant-jazz/post-rock band Hunter Gather, co-leads the collective melodic free jazz band The Sky is a Suitcase, and is a member of Wayne Horvitz’s Royal Room Collective Music Ensemble and the up-and-coming Seattle soul outfit, The Dip, among others.
Read on below to see what Levi has written for his session, and see you on Sunday!
"I'm excited to play a few new songs that I've been working on for the last year or so. Songwriting has a been an important part of my musical life recently. I've rediscovered how much I love singing and playing guitar, and these songs have provided a creative outlet for that. Another part of this project is seeing how songs with words and specific forms can intersect with improvisation - a challenging task given my goal to perform these songs entirely solo.
For the session, I'd encourage people to try singing in some improvisations. I feel like singing cuts to the heart of my musical voice in a way that playing an instrument doesn't. Maybe we can all explore some vocal improvisations together, or incorporate some singing into otherwise instrumental improvisations."