Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Levi Gillis (Seattle) is a saxophonist, improviser, and composer dedicated to the presentation and curation of a wide range of new music rooted in Jazz and Americana. Since graduating from the University of Washington Jazz Studies program, Levi has toured the country with his avant-jazz/art-rock group Hunter Gather and the rhythm-and-blues band The Dip.

The crux of Levi’s work is exploring new sounds through connecting with the emotional immediacy of American music. He seeks to understand the humanity and complexity of the Jazz lineage while embracing the freedom of the avant-garde. His recent explorations into folk guitar styles have allowed him to access the intimacy found in American Folk traditions. In addition to performing, Levi seeks to facilitate meaningful connections between performers and listeners as the curator for Table & Chairs monthly artist showcase. Levi has dedicated this series to fostering equity and amplifying voices of artists from diverse backgrounds.

Levi received 2018 GAP Award funding to develop a set of new pieces for solo saxophone. He will then orchestrate these pieces for chamber ensemble and perform them with the group. With this project, Levi hopes to contribute to Seattle's rich lineage of new work by saxophonists and creative musicians.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.
From the Artist

As an artist, its often hard to push oneself to find new creative pathways, especially with little monetary compensation. I am so grateful to Artist Trust for this award - it will allow me to deepen my practice and engage with the creative music community in new ways.

Levi Gillis