New from Counter Culture Chronicles:
Poet and musician Louise Landes Levi was born to a Jewish family in New York in 1944 and studied at the University of California, Berkeley from 1962 to 1969. There she joined Daniel Moore’s seminal Floating Lotus Magic Opera Company before studying with sarangi-master Pandit Ram Narayan at Mills College and travelling to Afghanistan and India in 1969 to research North Indian classical music and poetry. She studied with Ustad Abdul Majid Khan, and over the years with Ali Akbar Khan, Annapurna Devi, and La Monte Young. LLL has performed and recorded her music all over the world since and has produced, as an extension of her study of Indian music, translations of works by Henri Michaux, René Daumal and Mira Bai. LLL’s own poetry has been published by a variety of small presses.
For the Counter Culture Chronicles cassette Not Further than the Nightingale LLL was recorded in Amsterdam in June 2019. Accompanied by Eric Thielman’s percussion the release opens with LLL chanting the four syllables of the Vajra – AH HO HA YE – followed by her reading her own poetry and sharing entertaining stories of her many journeys and encounters. The cassette comes with a laser printed poetry broadside of LLL’s poems Eulogy for Lionel Ziprin (2009) and Most Wanted (2010), in style and imagery reminiscent of her friend and fellow-orientalist Ira Cohen.