Eugene Levitas with Chen Zimbalista

13th Annual Instrumental EP Winner

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Record Label: Self-Released

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Home Base:Israel

Genre: Instrumental (classical/jazz/rock)

Category Entered: Instrumental EP

Work Submitted: Levitation EP

Artists Featured: Chen Zimbalista

Label: Self-Released

Who are your influences?: Pat Metheny, ECM, D. Shostakovich and more

Describe your nominated work: A 3 part composition for Percussion Solo & Loop Station

Did you use any unusual effects or instruments in this recording?: Loop Station

Were there any happy accidents while in the studio, or did everything go as planned?: as planned

How did you raise the funds for this project? How long do you expect it will take to recoup your out-of-pocket recording expenses?: It’s a self produced project and I expect to recoup it in 2 years

Why did you choose to submit this work to The 13th IMAs?: I think that IMA is very important foundation and hopefully, it will grow even more in the future. I hope it will help me get more reviews and get this music heard by more people who love this kind of music.

What’s your definition of success and how will you know when you’ve achieved it?: For me success is when I will be able to live only from my original music (currently I’m doing a lot of arranging and orchestrations for others), and will have a good fun base that will follow my work.

How will you leverage your IMA honors to achieve your career goals?: I hope, that the mention of IMA winner best Instrumental EP will get the attention of reviewers in this genre and will bring more reviews and with it more people who will like my music.

Who’s sitting in your audience and what makes your fans unique?: Most of the people who interesting in this kind of music are people who working in art or studied it, with great numbers of musicians among them. It is very challenging when you know that people who bought tickets or your records are actually artists and musicians.

What is your guilty pleasure on the road? Any close calls or mishaps while on tour?:

Who are your musical heroes & influences?: Pat Metheny, Philip Glass, Chick Corea, Dmitry Shostakovich, Keith Jarrett, Sting, Ralph Towner, Beatles, Yes, ELP and others who have their own sound.

Are there any songs you wish you wrote and why?: I’m not sure, but probably some compositions by Pat Metheny as “First Circle”. These are so beautiful melodies together with solid structure. Maybe a Koln Concert by Keith Jarrett – this is a Masterpiece with unique own voice and sound

What artists are you listening to that would surprise your fans?: I don’t know, I’m listening to all kind of music if it’s good.

How do you discover new music? Do you buy music or are you content with streaming?: I always buying music. From 3 to 5 albums in a month for more than 20 years. When I’m looking for new music, I’m checking other artists from same label, or artists who collaborate with artists that I like. Sometimes it’s from reviews.

How will musicians make a living if fans continue to expect music to be free?: I don’t think music have to be free. I’m a fun by my self of many musicians and I never expected their music for free. But, industry leading to this direction, so probably soon, records will be only a promotion to live shows. Hope this direction will change and people will buy records that they like.

What don’t fans/audiences understand about the music industry today?: I’m not sure they have to understand it. Fans want to enjoy music and musicians have to understand industry. Today, it’s a part of our job…

Are digital singles/EPs vs. full albums the future?:  I think, it’s not important how you call it. I love albums, but who told that album have to be 1 hour or 45 minutes or 70 minutes? The 45 minutes album became, because vinyl was that long. Cd was longer, so albums became longer. Less and less good albums coming out. You have a good material for 20-25 minutes and then you have to record another 30-35 to make it an album, because people like to buy longer Cd? That what I was told a lot. With digital, there is no limit. If your piece of music have to be 3-4 minutes long or 1 and a half hour, publish it. Timing have to count only from artistic point of view.

Finish this sentence: The music industry is…revealing new ways of living

What do you have in the works for the upcoming year?: I’m currently finishing Levitas Bros’ new EP “Round Midnight”. It is totally different look at Monk’s classics.