Hereby I proudly present my debut solo album Spoken. As a trumpet player and composer I am best known for my work with the Amsterdam Klezmer Band and groups like STriCat and Spinifex. On this album I show a more intimate, melancholic, sometimes a bit dark but also comforting side of myself.
Inspired by several of my trumpet heroes (Miles Davis, Nils Petter Molvaer, Nicholas Payton, Roy Hargrove, Maurice Brown, Cuong Vu, and Jon Hassell), in 2017 I decided to immerse myself in the wondrous world of effects pedals. After a period of research and experimentation, I used them for the occasional collaborative project with artists from different disciplines. For this I composed music, which I recorded in my home studio. Those recordings kept haunting me – they are laid-back, unique, intimate pieces with a strong personal touch – and I am pleased to share them with you. I created these pieces using my trumpet and a select number of effects pedals. For each piece, I came up with a plan, consisting of sound, form, and content ideas then turned on my recording equipment and improvised a version. Each one is a pure one-take, without any overdubs, full of spontaneity and life.
Listen to the album here. Link for personal use, please do not share.
I appreciate it if you can pay attention to this release in your medium, and I would love to hear when you do. I am certainly willing to do interviews or perform in your program. If you would like to receive the album on CD or as a download, please let me know. For more information and requests, see contact details opposite.
Artist: Gijs Levelt
Release date: 26-2-2021
Medium: digital and CD
Label: Level T Records
Cat. nr.: LTR 6711
Digital distribution worldwide: CD Baby
Physical distribution Benelux: Coast to Coast
Barcode: 8714 6911 35331
Genre: ambient, electronica, improvised, jazz, world music, neo-classical, trumpet
Gijs Levelt – trumpet, effects pedals and body percussion (#2)
All tracks composed by Gijs Levelt
Produced by Gijs Levelt and Stefan Schmid
Recording: Gijs Levelt
Mix: Stefan Schmid at Studio_D Amsterdam
Mastering: Michiel Cornelisse at Blaisdell Studio
Artwork and graphic design: Daniël Maarleveld