Aaron Levin is a drummer, electronic musician, and writer based out of the Bay Area. Born in Berkeley, Aaron grew up in Los Angeles, CA. As a child he studied piano, clarinet, and saxophone until he decided to quit music forever and become a drummer. After drawing initial inspiration from the great classic rock drummers, he discovered the music of John Coltrane propelled by master drummer Elvin Jones. From that moment on Aaron developed a deep love for Jazz, particularly the bebop, hard bop, and free jazz of the 50s & 60s as well as the Funk & more inspired Fusion experiments of the 70s. As a teenager Aaron played in a variety of groups in Southern California ranging from punk to hard rock to jazz and funk as he continued to refine his skills.
After graduating high school, Aaron moved up to the Bay Area to attend UC Berkeley where he would receive his B.A. in Philosophy & minor in Creative Writing in 1999. Here he played as part of the UC Jazz ensembles lead by such luminaries as Jon Jang and Darol Anger while studying writing with master poets Thom Gunn & Ishmael Reed. During this time he also booked a weekly night of live jazz & funk on Thursdays at Larry Blake's in Berkeley. Hosted by his band The Groove Junkies, this showcase of local improvisers quickly became a staple of the thriving Bay Area Acid Jazz scene of the 90s. In his spare time he also began focusing more on electronic music, specifically becoming a devotee of Akai's line of MPC workstations and producing beats for local hip-hop artists.
Praise for Sound Etiquette (Orenda Records):
Sound Etiquette revisits an old, forgotten virtue from the earliest days of electric
jazz, when an amplified keyboard alongside acoustic instruments played with pure
instinct was synonymous with timbre-rich fuzziness and freedom.
This trio’s most obvious influence seems to be early 70’s Miles Davis. With a
signature electronic sound that harkens back to the analog nature of that era.
Avant-garde trio pushes the envelope in arrangements and on their instruments,
embracing unconventional sonic roles and shirking musical convention