These recordings include work by Mark Abrahams, Allison Adler, Eva Atsalis, Wendy Boulding, David Brooks, Valerie Gomes, Marc Landesberg, Jay Mark, Danny Obadia, Elena Rye Pellicciaro, Anne Ptasznik, Peter Stoller, Ellen Weiss, Steve Wirts and others.
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"...a songwriter of exceptional talent and perception. I expect him to make a serious impact on the pop charts or on Broadway..."
-- Charles M. Young, Executive Editor, Musician Magazine
"...a uniquely gifted composer. His songs are powerful, perceptive, even provocative....a sensitive and intelligent performer. This is music everyone should hear."
-- Mike Stoller, Songwriter/Producer, Leiber & Stoller
"Truly enjoyable....a serious musical talent... music has the same haunting intrigue [as] Todd Rundgren’s..."
-- Alan Schlein, Journalist, Billboard Magazine, Rolling Stone Magazine
"...articulate, clear-thinking... with something to say....the U2-school-of-conviction....songs with sincerity..."
-- The Music Paper
"So finely lyrical, so touching, so subtle... delicate and subtle colours of emotion... a full palette with both sunrise tones of the birth of a feeling and its darker shades of sadness at the feeling's sunset... A language that speaks to every heart... playful, humorous, and great melodies... sweetly ironic and finely melodic, nice arrangements and pleasant vocals... It's a sincere joy to hear a true talent like that... There's a magic to the music that re-awakens the finest and most subtle aspects of human emotions. It's Music with a capital letter... a musical treasure. In a world rife with tastelessness, his recordings feature style, class, passion, and extraordinary melodies... It has a spark of life that lights up the finest human emotions in one's heart -- and what can be better than this?... There's some sweet sincerity about it that just makes you want to listen to it again and again!"
"His music has the rare ability to appeal to not only musicians seeking cerebral stimulation, but also innocent ears in search of a beautiful, memorable melody."
-- Tricia Tahara, Vocalist/Songwriter, Jazz Recording Artist
"...a sophisticated and contemporary writer – hear him!"
-- Kirk Nurock, Composer/Pianist, Jazz/Classical Recording Artist
"His piano playing has a great touch."
-- Wallace Roney, Trumpeter/Producer, Grammy Award-winning Jazz Recording Artist
"...elegant... heartfelt... rich and beautiful."
-- Nikki Squre, Esquire
-- Betty Comden & Adolph Green, Librettists, Singin’ in the Rain, On the Town, etc.
-- Gary Katz, Producer, Steely Dan
Can accessible music be intelligent? And intelligent music passionate? Adam Levin tries to answer those questions with his music. Music that classical musicians have called jazz. And jazz musicians have called rock. And rock musicians? They've called it classical. With some pop, soul and funk sneaked in.
In fact, one could call Adam's work the "liberal arts" of music. One discipline is not enough. But that's predictable coming from a background of classical piano training and pop music listening.
Adam has written well over a hundred songs and instrumental pieces, with an array of instrumentation. They run the gamut from pop to contemporary classical, sometimes combining contrasting elements. His lyrics range from the state of the heart to the state of the world, with a sense of irony, poetry, spirituality, storytelling and humor.
He has composed, written lyrics, arranged, produced, played keyboards and/or sung for numerous musical, performance and recording artists, and theatre. His songs have been accepted by major music publishing, performed at hundreds of events in North America and Europe, been featured on radio and television, and received critical acclaim.
He continues to record and perform in the New York tri-state area, including as a writer, arranger, keyboardist and vocalist for Wendy Boulding, Ellen Weiss and Valerie Gomes. He has written individually as well as with Wendy Boulding, David Brooks, Brenda Hettmansberger, Joe Lobell, Elena Rye Pellicciaro, Anne Ptasznik, Kathryn Sanders, Tomas Stark and Peter Stoller, nearly all of whom he has performed with.
He studied music composition, piano and musical theatre at Interlochen Center for the Arts/University of Michigan School of Music, Indiana University School of Music, and Berklee College of Music, where he succeeded in not allowing any of it to interfere with his musical education. Despite his maverick nature, he has even received the occasional award. Even when they didn't know how to categorize his music.
You’ll have to decide that for yourself.