- (Jann Levinson)
- Format: CD
Composer/Pianist Jann Levinson met her first muse as an elementary school student using a silent wooden keyboard. She studied piano and composition in New York City with various private teachers, and then went to Bard College, where she was privileged to work with award-winning composer Joan Tower and The Da Capo Chamber Players. Ms. Levinson's early work is recorded on the Composers Recordings, Inc. label. After years of writing what she calls 'intellectual' music, Jann moved from the East Coast to Wyoming where she found a new muse. She has been creating neoclassical works for piano and orchestral instruments inspired by the Grand Teton mountain range and other 'places.' She likes to call herself a 'place composer' as her passion is writing in sound what she visually sees and emotionally or spiritually feels. To this end Ms. Levinson has composed music for two Compact Discs: Teton Seasons, released in 1997 and Sunrise, released in August 2000 at a concert at The National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, where Ms. Levinson resides. She has also written music for other 'places' including Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, the Campanile bell tower in Venice, Italy, Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Canyon. Jann has recently composed and orchestrated 'Grand Teton Suite' for full orchestra and piano. The premiere performance took place on Saturday, February 23rd, 2002 with Eric Wenstrom conducting Ms. Levinson on piano with The Jackson Hole Symphony Orchestra. She also recently finished a new work inspired by the Wind River Mountains and Reservation in Wyoming scored for flute, oboe, clarinet and piano which was commissioned by The Wyoming Music Teachers' Association for their 2001 Convention. The new work, entitled 'The Winds' was premiered June 18, 2001 in Rock Springs, WY. Jann's next CD will include duets and trios for piano and other orchestral instruments Ms. Levinson composes music daily and teaches piano, voice and composition to children and adults. She has created specialized music programs for the C Bar V Ranches, the Jackson Hole Theatre Company, The Journey School and the Pumpkin Patch Preschool in Wilson, Wyoming. She is currently working on a series of new piano music books for children and has recently published her own works for solo piano which are available through her website and at various national music dealers.