Levy, David Raphael
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Canadian-born musician David Raphael Levy spent his formative years in Hamilton, Ontario. David showed great promise in music during high school, winning such accolades as the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and the Rycott Music Award. Upon graduating from McGill, David was rewarded a scholarship to spend the summer of 2004 at the prestigious Banff International Jazz Workshop under the direction of Dave Douglas. David then decided to further his musical studies in Boston, at New England Conservatory of Music. David's studies exposed him to wide array of musicians and genres; specifically, the music of Eric Dolphy piqued his interest. David acquired his first bass clarinet from the McGill instrument library, and hasn't looked back. Through the guidance of the Contemporary Improvisation Department chaired by pianist Ran Blake, he was able to hone his personal musical voice. Studying composition privately with Michael Cain, and improvisation with John McNeil, David developed a specific musical focus that led him to the creation of Out to Lunch.