Wednesday, October 1, 2014



WHEN: Saturday, October 11th, at 7:00 PM
Studio Yoga, 2 Green Village Rd, Madison NJ 07940
TICKETS: $15 general admission, $10 students, $20 at the door

Married folk/rock duo The Levins combine harmony-driven acoustic and the intention of putting a smile on your face. Original tunes, guitar, piano and voices provide a full sound with unexpected harmonies and unique arrangements. Their current CD, My Friend Hafiz, inspired by the poetry of  Sufi mystic poet Hafiz, was in the top 20  on folk radio and John Platt from WFUV radio in NY included the CD in his Best List for 2013. They recently performed in the Emerging Artist Showcase at the 2014 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.

In 2000, Ira and Julia met at the Freight and Salvage open mike in Berkeley, CA, married in 2002 and in late 2010, they left their bands, “work” and comfort zones on the west coast and moved to NY to pursue music full time...together. They’ve been performing in the Hudson Valley, Catskills, northern NJ and NYC, winning the 2011 Connecticut Folk Festival songwriting competition. Albums recorded with their west coast world folk ensemble have garnered invitations to perform in both Amsterdam and England and they have received songwriting awards for their folk, pop, Jewish and children's music. They are currently recording a new CD, Trust, to be released in January 2015 , which reflects their journey of the past two years. The thread of unexpected harmonies and wistful overtones will remain, along with their dedication to making the world a happier place through music.

“Dropping Keys” from My Friend Hafiz by The Levins is one of my top 10 favorite songs of 2013.” —John Platt, WFUV Radio

"Their voices fit together, like water and ice, like heat and steam. Something joyful explodes inside the listener's chest like a Roman candle. Their effect may, in fact, begin before they start to play. Even at first glance, Ira and Julia seem to radiate a positive energy. That "look" always keeps its promise." —Richard Cuccaro, Acoustic Live NYC and Beyond