Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Levine, Rozanne, clarinet, alto clarinet, bamboo flute, electronics, composer; b. New York, NY, 19 October 1945. Her father was Abraham Levine, date of birth unknown (about 1918), date of death unknown (about 1972), born in Bronx, NY. Her mother was born Ruth Willing, date of birth Aug. 25, 1922, date of death Nov. 26, 2000, born in Bronx, NY. Her brother is Martin David Levine, born May 12, 1944 in New York, NY. who throughout high school and college played alto and tenor sax in various dance and wedding bands. He is now a neurosurgeon living in Los Angeles, CA with a private practice in Encino, CA. Rozanne lived in Bronx, New York with parents and brother until parents separated in 1958 (divorced 1964), then moved with mother and brother to Rego Park in Queens, NY where she lived until she went to New York University in 1963. Got a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from NYU's College of Arts and Sciences in 1972.
She began music studies on clarinet in gifted program music class at P.S. 70 in Bronx, New York in sixth grade in 1957 and performed with school orchestra. Had private lessons on clarinet from then on for a few years, then took a break from clarinet and studied guitar for a couple of years around 1960-62. Took up clarinet again in the early 1970's, and studied briefly with David Hopkins and Perry Robinson around that time.
Levine was introduced to the jazz/new music audience as a clarinetist with William Parker and Patricia Nicholson Parker's Centering Music/Dance Ensemble during the mid-1970s. Through 1979 they performed original music/dance pieces in various lofts and churches in New York City. Her work with the Parkers ignited her interest in multi-disciplinary performance, and she has predominantly composed for and performed in ensembles that include dancers, poets and visual artists working alongside musicians.
In 1993 she rejoined the Parkers as a founding member of their New York-based Improvisors Collective, where she led her own groups, namely Rozanne Levine and the Clarinet Choir and Rozanne Levine and Crystal Clarinets, and performed with the Collective Orchestra and with Collective members in smaller ensembles, including Leopanar Witlarge's Ships Of Light, Jackson Krall's Secret Music Society, Perry Robinson; Friends, Jason Kao Hwang's Immigrant Of The Womb, William Parker Ensemble and Jemeel Moondoc Ensemble. From the early 1980s to the mid-1990s she performed in saxophonist/clarinetist Mark Whitecage's Glass House Ensemble, playing both clarinet and Whitecage's sound sculptures.
In 1999 Levine and Whitecage formed a touring duo, RoMarkable - Mark Whitecage and Rozanne Levine, to perform their own music which incorporates electronics in the mix with their horns. They did a U.S. tour in 2002, performing at AIM Jazz, Chapel Hill, NC; ACA Gallery, Austin, TX; The Proletariat, Houston, TX; Polestar Music Gallery, Seattle, WA; The Reaction Room, Portland, OR. They have also performed at Jersey City's Liberty Science Center, The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, Connecticut, and The Bop Shop in Rochester, NY. They are presently working on a recording.
Levine currently leads her ensemble, Chakra Tuning. Levine's compositions form the thematic material from which the musicians improvise. Electronic manipulation and Levine's photographs play a part in the group sound. "Chakra Tuning", a composition she wrote based on the seven chakras of Eastern philosophy (psychic centers of energy in the body), uses seven of Levine's color photographs as an element of the score and point of departure for collective improvisation. Chakra Tuning was featured at Tonic in New York City in 2002 and at the First Annual Hudson County Performing Artists1 Showcase in 2000 in Union City, NJ.
Her groups, the Clarinet Choir and Crystal Clarinets, performed at Context Performance Space in New York City during two seasons of Improvisors Collective concerts in 1994-1995, and Crystal Clarinets appeared in New York City in 1999 at Roulette's new music series, and in 1998 at the Tri-Centric Festival in New York and at The Buttonwood Tree in Middletown, Connecticut. She is also currently appearing with The New Reed Quartet, which includes Mark Whitecage and clarinetists Perry Robinson and Matt Snyder. They have appeared at CBGB's Freestyle Events: Avant Jazz and Other Musics series in New York City.
She has performed with Anthony Braxton, Jason Kao Hwang, Jackson Krall, Theo Jorgensmann, Blaise Siwula, Chris Kelsey and Steve Swell, among others. She appeared in Johnny Reinhard's Microtonal Festival, and she has been a staple of various Clarinet Choirs and vocalist Nick Mathis' annual Many Colors of a Woman Jazz Concerts.
Levine is also a noted photographer, and she has given a number of concerts where her photographs were integrated into her scores, projected and exhibited. The Painted Bride Art Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania awarded her a commission grant for both her music and photographs. A selection of her performance photographs were exhibited at the Fifth Annual Vision Festival in New York City in May 2000. A number of her photographs appear on CD covers and booklets.
Her spouse is Mark Whitecage (born June 4, 1937). They've been together since 1973. He's a professional musician who plays alto and soprano saxophone, clarinet and alto clarinet and composes. Her children are twins Diana Levine Whitecage and Perry Levine Whitecage, both born Sept. 16, 1975.
Recordings, broadcasts, videotapes:
Live radio interview, KBOO-FM, Portland, Oregon, July 20, 2002; Taped television interview for "North Hudson Views" on Cablevision in Northern New Jersey, Feb. 15, 2000
Unissued live recording, RoMarkable, Mark Whitecage and Rozanne Levine Live at the Proletariat, Houston, Texas, June 21, 2002;
Through Acceptance Of The Mystery Peace/The Music Of William Parker (from live concerts recorded 1974 1976, 1977, and 1979; 1998)
Unissued videotapes: Rozanne Levine & Chakra Tuning live at 1st Annual Hudson Country Artists Showcase, Park Performing Arts Theatre, Union City, NJ, April 1, 2000
Mark Whitecage & the Glass House Ensemble live at The Knitting Factory, New York, NY, May 2, 1995; Rozanne Levine & Crystal Clarinets live at Context Studio, New York, NY, April 6, 1995
2002: The New Reed Quartet, Freestyle Events: Avant Jazz and Other Musics series, CBGB's Lounge, New York, NY
Nicki Mathis 1 Afrikan Amerikan Jazz, The Many Colors of A Woman Jazz Concert XVII, George P. Thomas Auditorium, Hartford, CT
RoMARKABLE featuring Mark Whitecage and Rozanne Levine: AIM Jazz, Chapel Hill, NC; ACA Gallery, Austin, TX; The Proletariat, Houston, TX; Polestar Music Gallery, Seattle, WA; The Reaction Room, Portland, OR.
Rozanne Levine and Chakra Tuning, Tonic, New York, NY
Jazz Orchestra, The Many Colors of A Woman Jazz Concert XVI, Trinity College, Hartford, CT
2001: Chris Kelsey's Unacknowledged Quartet, special guest, Knitting Factory, New York, NY
2000: The Nu Trio, guest artist, Knitting Factory, New York, NY
Jazz Orchestra, The Many Colors of A Woman Jazz Concert XIV, George P. Thomas Auditorium, Hartford, CT
Mark Whitecage and Rozanne Levine, 3Converge2 series, Liberty Science Center, Liberty State Park, Jersey City, NJ
Rozanne Levine and Chakra Tuning, First Annual Hudson County Performing Artists' Showcase, Park Theatre, Union City, NJ
Music & Poetry with Rozanne Levine and Flo Wetzel, Barnes & Noble, Hoboken, NJ
1999: Flo Wetzel/Rozanne Levine/Nina Mars, Goddess Liberation Party, Liquid Lounge, Hoboken, NJ
Rozanne Levine and Crystal Clarinets, Roulette, New York, NY
Mark Whitecage Double Duets, Cornelia Street Cafe, New York, NY
Mark Whitecage and Rozanne Levine, The Bop Shop, Rochester, NY; The
Buttonwood Tree, Middletown, CT; Barnes & Noble, Edgewater, NJ
1998: Rozanne Levine and Crystal Clarinets, The Tri-Centric Festival, Greenwich House Music School, New York, NY; The Buttonwood Tree, Middletown, CT
Jazz Orchestra, The Many Colors of A Woman Jazz Concert XII, Harold Barrows Auditorium, Hartford, CT
Tri-Centric Ensemble, Anthony Braxton1s 173 Festival, Knitting Factory, New York, NY
Mark Whitecage and Rozanne Levine, Barnes & Noble, Hoboken, NJ
Mark Whitecage and The Glass House Ensemble, Knitting Factory, New York
1996: Mark Whitecage/Jay Rosen Duo, guest artist, New Music Series, Unitarian Meeting House, Amherst, MA
Jazz Orchestra, The Many Colors of A Woman Jazz Concert X, George P. Thomas Auditorium, Hartford, CT
Leopanar Witlarge's Ships of Light, Vision for the 21st Century Arts Festival, Learning Alliance, New York
1995: Rozanne Levine & Crystal Clarinets; Improvisers Collective Orchestra, Improvisors Collective Series, Context Studio, New York
Mark Whitecage Ensemble; Leopanar Witlarge's Ships of Light, Improvisors
Collective Festival, Context Studio, New York
Mark Whitecage and Glass House Ensemble, Knitting Factory, New York
Theo Jorgensmann's Clarinet Choir , Context Studio, New York
Paul Hoskins' Clarinet Choir, Knitting Factory, New York
1994: Rozanne Levine & The Clarinet Choir; Improvisers Collective Orchestra;
Jackson Krall's Secret Music Society; Perry Robinson & Friends Jason Hwang's Immigrant of the Womb, Improvisors Collective Series, Context, New York, NY
Blaise Siwula's Clarinet Choir, Amica Bunker, New York
William Parker Ensemble; Jemeel Moondoc Ensemble, Improvisors Collective Festival, Context, New York
1993: Mark Whitecage and Glass House, Greenwich House Music School, New York, NY
The Alchemists, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY
1992: Mark Whitecage and Glass House, New York Open Center, New York, NY
Jazz Orchestra, The Many Colors of A Woman Jazz Concert VI, Wallace Stevens Theatre, Hartford, CT
Adam Berstein's All God's Children, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ; Friends Meeting House, New York
1991: Mark Whitecage and Glass House, The Brecht Forum, New York; Hoboken Historical Museum, Hoboken, NJ
Jazz Orchestra, The Many Colors of A Woman Jazz Concert V, Capitol Hall, Hartford, CT
1990: Mark Whitecage and Glass House, The Brecht Forum, New York; Hoboken Historical Museum, Hoboken, NJ
1988: Rozanne Levine/Perry Robinson Duo, Hoboken Historical Museum, Hoboken, NJ
1986: Johnny Reinhard's Chromagnon, American Festival of Microtonal Music, Soundscape, New York
Rozanne Levine/Perry Robinson Duo, "Moods, Waves, Dreams Festival", Hoboken, NJ
1978: Rozanne Levine Band, Hoboken Arts Festival, Hoboken, NJ
1976-79: William & Patricia Parker's Centering Music/Dance Ensemble, various lofts and performance spaces in New York City
Professional Memberships: BMI
"Killing Time . . . with Rozanne Levine" by Jason Notte in Go Out!, March 30, 2000, Jersey City, NJ
"Songs of the Universe" by Ina Schneider in The Hoboken Reporter, September 28, 1989
"Husband, wife focus on 'nuts and bolts' of sculpture, music" by Mitchell Seidel in Sunday Star-Ledger, June 19, 1988
"Exhibit Sounds Off" by Elaine Davies in The Hoboken Reporter, June 2, 1988
1989 Commission Grant From The Painted Bride Art Center, Philadelphia, PA: 3 Photographs/Sound Sculptures/Music in Exhibit and Performance2