Levitation Orchestra presents one of the most adventurous albums to bless our ears in 2021, bringing together multiple inspirations ranging across spiritual jazz, classical, electronica, soul, spoken word, M-Base, and no-holds-barred free improvisation.
With trumpeter Axel Kaner-Lidstrom (Cykada, Maisha) as musical director, the collective comprises some of London's most promising young musicians, who together play in or with the likes of SEED Ensemble, Alabaster de Plume, Shunaji, Nihilism, PÆN, and Nardedey. Lluis Domenech Plana on flute, James Akers on tenor saxophone, and Ayodeji Ijishakin on tenor saxophone complete the horn section, with Saskia Horton on violin, Beatriz Rola on violin, and Emma Barnaby on cello making up the strings. Rhythm is available in handfuls from Hamish Nockles-Moore on double bass and Harry Ling on drums, complemented by Roella Oloro on keys, Maria Osuchowska on harp, and Paris Charles on guitar, with last but not least, Plumm and Dilara Aydin-Corbett on vocals.
As a true collective, each member is vital, contributing equally to the whole in terms of playing and writing. Compositions formed out of group discussions, which in the case of Illusions & Realities, delved into childhood, stoicism, astrophysical theories, and neurological delusions, all interweaving and circling the point where truth and reality enter the realm of illusion. The result is a record which manages to channels the energy of Sun Ra's Arkestra, the spiritual ambience of Alice Coltrane, and the harmonic subtleties of Debussy, whilst ultimately producing something tantalizingly original.
- Double LP
- Mastered by Caspar Sutton-Jones & Darrel Sheinman at Gearbox Records
- Mastered using all-valve Decca equalization & Telefunken limiters
- Lacquer discs cut on a Haeco Scully lathe with Westrex RA1700 series amps, Westrex 3DIIA cutting head
- Monitored on Audio Note equipment
- Gatefold jacket
|Lluis Domenech Plana||flute|
|James Akers||tenor saxophone|
|Ayodeji Ijishakin||tenor saxophone|
|Hamish Nockles-Moore||double bass|
- Life Is Suffering / Send And Receive Love Only
- Listen To Her
- Spiral (Die, Die, Die)
- Child: Part I
- Child: Part II
- Child: Part III
- Child: Part IV
- Between Shadows
- Many In Body, One In Mind