Performance part of Monday Jazz Sessions

Returning to the Monday Jazz Sessions at Quinn’s is the duo of cellist Daniel Levin and percussionist Juan Pablo Carletti, in support of their new recording,  Illusion of Truth, to be released in 2015 on Out Now Records.

The Levin/Carletti duo performs 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26. Quinn’s is located at 330 Main St. in Beacon, and there is no cover charge, though donations for musicians will be requested and gratefully accepted.

Elements of European classical music, American jazz, microtonal and new music, and European free improvisation all figure prominently in Levin’s unique sound. Born in Burlington, Vermont, he began playing the cello at the age of six.

In 2001, he graduated with a degree in jazz studies from the New England Conservatory of Music and arrived on the New York City jazz scene shortly thereafter. Since then, Levin has developed his own unique voice as a cellist, improviser and composer. He is the recipient of a 2010 Jerome Foundation award.

Carletti was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His father played percussion, and Carletti was instantly drawn to the drums. As he performed with a variety of bands, he focused mainly on improvised music and mainstream jazz. He began working with his own projects and created a small label dedicated to new music.

In 2005, he traveled to New York City and played with the David Haney Group at Cornelia Street Cafe. One year later, he officially moved to America to continue his musical journey. He approaches playing in unique ways, influenced by different styles of music, especially the music created in the avant-garde scene in New York City in the last decades.

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