New York City-born Howard Levy studied piano performance and music theory at the Manhattan School of Music before attending Northwestern University, where he played in the jazz ensemble.
Levy has won two GRAMMY Awards via his collaboration with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones: Best Pop Instrumental Performance in 1996 and Best Instrumental Composition for “Life in Eleven” in 2012.
His original piece “Concerto for Diatonic Harmonica and Orchestra” is the first-ever classical composition written for the diatonic harmonica. In 2011 he released a recording of the concerto.
Levy’s latest release is 2012’s Out of the Box Vol. 1, an EP featuring an intimate trio ensemble and some of the most nuanced blues harmonica playing of his career.
“…Playing an extended solo that somehow merged quasi-baroque techniques with swing rhythms, Levy unleashed more ideas in this opening solo than many musicians do in an entire set.”—The Chicago Tribune
Special Guest Chicago guitarist Chris Siebold is an active solo artist, a member of multiple ensembles including Howard Levy’s Acoustic Express and Kick the Cat, a sought-after session musician, and a former teacher of jazz improvisation at Elmhurst College.
Howard Levy with special guest Chris Siebold take The Barns stage on Friday, November 16, 2012 at 8 pm.