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Tony Levin

Biography

Famed for his use Peter Gabriel and Ruler Crimson, bass virtuoso Tony Levin was created in Boston on June 6, 1946. At age group ten, he began monitoring upright bass, also playing tuba in his high-school marching music group and even developing his very own barbershop quartet; as an associate of an area youngsters orchestra, Levin additionally performed on the Light House for Leader John F. Kennedy. After going to the Eastman College of Music, he made an appearance using the Rochester Philharmonic, but as time passes turned from traditional music to try out rock and roll and jazz, relocating to NEW YORK in 1970 to become listed on Aha!, ex-Mothers of Invention keyboardist Don Preston’s music group. A busy program career adopted, with liquid, expressive focus on traditional LPs, including Lou Reed’s Berlin, Kate & Anna McGarrigle’s self-titled debut, and Paul Simon’s Still Crazy IN THE END These Years. After collaborating with Peter Gabriel on his eponymous 1977 debut, Levin became a member of the ex-Genesis frontman’s touring device, during which period he honed his abilities for the Chapman Stay, a distinctive 10-stringed instrument where the strings aren’t plucked but tapped, an activity allowing the given individual to play records with both of your hands and create full multi-part preparations. In 1978, Levin resolved in Woodstock, NY, offering within the short-lived L’Image; a yr later on, he performed on Robert Fripp’s single effort Exposure, quickly thereafter agreeing to become listed on the guitarist in fresh a incarnation of his groundbreaking intensifying unit Ruler Crimson, and staying an associate of the group for over 2 decades. (His tour encounters consequently yielded a 1984 publication of photographs, Street Photos.) While focusing on Gabriel’s 1986 smash Therefore, Levin created Funk Fingertips, essentially chopped-off drumsticks made to hammer for the bass strings; he later on sold Funk Fingertips through his personal Papa Bear Information label aswell. Classes with everyone from Robbie Robertson (his 1987 self-titled single debut) to Laurie Anderson (1989’s Unusual Angels) to Yes (1991’s Union) adopted, and in 1996, Levin finally produced his single debut with Globe Diary. From your Caves from the Iron Hill, documented with bamboo flute grasp Steve Gorn and drummer Jerry Marotta, made an appearance a 12 months later on and in 1998, he created Bruford Levin Top Extremities (B.L.U.E.) with longtime Ruler Crimson drummer Expenses Bruford, guitarist David Torn, and trumpeter Chris Botti. Waters of Eden, Levin’s Narada label debut, adopted in the springtime of 2000. Bits of the Sun premiered in 2001 (an extended edition arrived a year down the road Pony Canyon), with lots of the same songs also included on his 2002 record, Two times Espresso. Prime Slashes, a compilation of his focus on periods led by various other artists for the Magna Carta label through the ’90s, was released in 2005. A real new solo work, Resonator, followed another season, for the very first time offering Levin being a singer/songwriter and a bassist.

Quick Facts


Full Name Tony Levin
Died February 3, 2011, Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
Profession Bassist, Singer, Composer, Songwriter
Education Eastman School of Music
Nationality American
Siblings Pete Levin
Music Songs Starless, Elephant Talk, Matte Kudasai, Thela Hun Ginjeet, Indiscipline, One More Red Nightmare, Heroes, Fallen Angel, Fragile as a Song, One Time, Frame By Frame, Sleepless, Neal and Jack and Me, The Light of Day, FraKctured, Waiting Man, Eyes Wide Open, Heartbeat, Fracture, Sex Sleep Eat Drink Dream, Larks’ Tongues in Aspic, Part IV, Prince Rupert’s Lament, The Sheltering Sky, Doctor Diamond, Sartori in Tangier, Dinosaur, ProzaKc Blues, Walking on Air, Larks’ Tongues in Aspic, Part III, Level Five, The World’s My Oyster Soup Kitchen Floor Wax Museum, Walk On: No Pussyfooting
Albums Beat, Black Light Syndrome, World Diary, Liquid Tension Experiment 2, Levin Torn White, Situation Dangerous, Waters of Eden, Pieces of the Sun, Liquid Tension Experiment, Resonator, Double Espresso, Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind, From the Caves of the Iron Mountain, Discipline, Three of a Perfect Pair, The Great Deceiver, Thrak, The Power to Believe, An Evening of Yes Music Plus, Epitaph, Absent Lovers: Live in Montreal, Thrakattak, Live in Toronto, Live at the Orpheum, Prog Noir, When the Keyboard Breaks: Live in Chicago, Prime Cuts, Frame by Frame: The Essential King Crimson, On (and Off) the Road, The Elements of King Crimson, The Compact King Crimson, The Condensed 21st Century Guide to King Crimson, Stick Man, The Last Dance of Mr. X, Spiritual Empathy
Nominations Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance


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1 Joined progressive rock band King Crimson in the 1980s.
2 Has played bass with Peter Gabriel, Bill Bruford, Rick Wakeman, Steve Howe and Jon Anderson.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

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Top Ten 2001 TV Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Local Hero 1983 "Smooching" / performer: "Going Home: Theme of the Local Hero"

Actor

Actor

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Peter Primamore: Grancia 2008 Video
One-Trick Pony 1980 John DiBatista

Music Department

Music Department

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Birdy 1984 special musical contributor

Thanks

Thanks

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Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe: An Evening of Yes Music Plus 1994 Video get well soon

Self

Self

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Breaking 513 2013 Documentary Himself
Stick Men: A Little Deeper 2012 Video documentary Himself - Chapman Stick
Classic Albums: Peter Gabriel - So 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself
Na plovárne 2010 TV Series Himself
The Real World of Peter Gabriel 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Peter Gabriel: Still Growing Up Live and Unwrapped 2005 Video documentary Himself - Bass
Growing Up on Tour 2004 Video documentary short
Growing Up on Tour: A Family Portrait 2004 Video documentary Himself
Peter Gabriel: Growing Up Live 2003 Video documentary Himself - Bass
Rising Low 2002 Documentary Himself
Deja Vroom 1999 Video Himself
King Crimson: Live in Japan 1995 Video documentary Bass / Stick / Backing vocals
Woodstock '94 1995 Video documentary Himself
Peter Gabriel's Secret World 1994 TV Movie documentary Himself - Bass
All About Us 1993 Video documentary Himself - Bass (segment "Live at the Brit Awards") (uncredited)
PoV 1990 Video documentary Himself
In the Big Dream 1989 Video short Himself
Three of a Perfect Pair: Live in Japan 1985 Video documentary Himself - Bass / Stick / Backing Vocals
The Noise: Live in Fréjus 1982 Video documentary Himself - Bass / Stick / Backing vocals
The South Bank Show 1982 TV Series documentary Himself
Fridays 1981 TV Series Himself
Paul Simon: Live at the Tower Theatre 1980 1980 Video Himself - Bass Guitar
Chuck Mangione: Friends & Love 1971 TV Movie Himself

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Archive Footage

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Top Ten 2001 TV Series documentary Himself

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