Elliott Levin/Don Preston 4-tet
Elliott Levin - woodwinds
Don Preston - piano
Anders Swanson - bass
Chris Garcia - drums
Elliott Levin is a Philadelphia born and based poet and musician. He studied musical and literary composition at the University of Oregon. He has done further studies with Michael Guerra of the Phila. Orchestra; Cecil Taylor, pianist, composer, poet; Claire Polin, flutist composer; and Odean Pope, saxophonist, composer. Elliott has performed throughout the world with such groups as the Cecil Taylor Ensemble, Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes, New Ghost, Interplay, Talking Free Be-Bop, Odean Pope's Saxophone Choir, Don Preston's Akashic Ensemble, Cee-Knowledge & The Cosmic Funk Orchestra, Alan Silva's Sound Vision Orchestra. He has collaborated in performance with many poets including Miguel Algarin, Bob Holman, Gloria Tropp, Reg. E. Gaines, John Sinclair, Butch Morris' CHORUS OF POETS, Wil Perkins, Frank Messina and David Amram.
Don Preston, Born 21st September 1932 in Flint, MI, into a family of musicians, studied music from an early age. During is military service he was stationed at Trieste, Italy, where he shared a room with Buzz Gardner, his musical career started playing piano with Herbie Mann. Throughout the 1950's he played with various artists ranging from Nat King Cole to Paul and Carla Bley.
By the 1960's Preston was experimenting with new developments in electronic keyboards. As a member of Fran Zappa's Mothers of Inventions Preston provided piano, keyboards, synthesizer, and/or vocal for over 25 records and 4 Zappa movies.
Don also played keyboard on the soundtrack of Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now wrote original music for a number of films such as "Eye Of The Tiger" and "Emmanuelle 1: First Contact" and appeared as Dr. Ogo Moto in "Sinister Flesh": A strange tale of a mad scientist's search for eternal life made in 1976.