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Train Raila

by Howard Levy

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Howard Levy: diatonic harmonica in A
Willy Schwarz: mrdngam

In Dec. 1990, I booked Sparrow Sound Design for several days to record duets with some of my favorite Chicago musicians. Back then, I played a lot with Willy Schwarz, now residing in Bremen, Germany. He is an expert accordionist and composer, and is fluent on many Indian instruments, including veena, tabla, and mrdngam. This was an entirely improvised duet. "Raila" is an Indian hand percussion technique that imitates the sound of a fast train, and I also played some train imitation passages on harmonica.


released December 16, 2018
Art credit: Ron Crawford


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Howard Levy Chicago, Illinois

Howard Levy is an acknowledged master of the diatonic harmonica, a superb pianist, innovative composer, recording artist, bandleader, teacher, and producer.

Equally at home in Jazz, Classical, Rock, Folk, Latin, and World Music, the two- time Grammy Award Winner is a favorite with audiences worldwide.

Howard has been touring as a solo artist and with The Flecktones, Trio Globo, & Chris Siebold.
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