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Alan Lewine Alan Lewine

Short Bio

Alan Lewine is a double bass player, producer and composer, playing primarily “jazz” during his 40+ year career, and leading, playing on and/or producing 18 albums as CEO/founder of Owlsong Productions.  After 18 years of a successful regional playing career, he dropped out to attend Georgetown Law School in 1994 and became a technology transactions lawyer.  Returning to full-time musicianship in 2016, Alan has played throughout the world.  Bass mentors have included Milt Hinton, John Clayton and Lynn Seaton. He has worked as a leader and a sideman with famous performers such as Anita O’Day, Joe Henderson, Herb Ellis, James Moody, Mickey Roker, Gus Johnson and Huberal Herrera.  Alan’s Xtetwas featured at the 2020 Havana International Jazz Festival, and later that year Ansonica Records released Sephardic Treasures with Soprano Meets Bass, co-led by Alan and Ana María Ruimonte, and submitted it for Grammy® considerations.  Alan also serves on the Board of Directors of Philadelphia’s Jazz Bridge Project and on the Executive Board of the International Society of Bassists, paying it forward with his musical, business and legal acumen and 35 years of experience on various non-profit boards.  In mid-2020, Alan relocated with Ana María from Philly to Phoenix, AZ, from where they plan to explore Latin American opportunities.

 

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Discography

SOPRANO MEETS BASS: Sephardic Treasures (Ansonica Records, July 2020)
ALAN LEWINE XTET: Original Jazz 21stC (Owlsong, coming 2020)
ALAN LEWINE XTET: Jazzes for Lecuona (Owlsong, coming 2021)
ANA MARÍA RUIMONTE: Secillamente Martí Vol 1 (Owlsong, 2019)
ANA MARÍA RUIMONTE: Rosas para Lecuona (Owlsong, 2018)
ANA MARÍA RUIMONTE: Alma y Vida de Mujer (Owlsong, 2015)
OWLSONG: Sampler (Owlsong, 2014)
ANA MARÍA DÍAZ: ArdedCorazón, Arded (Owlsong, 2014)
DEAR MADELEINE: The ISB Sessions Vol I. (ISB Records, 2013)
JOHNNY NEVER & THE SOULAR PIMPS: Never Home (MediaDog Records, 2011)
GRACE CHUNG: Liking You Liking Me (Owlsong, 2005)
JOHN KAMMAN: Trio (Owlsong, 2003)
ESTHER HAYNES.  Award-winning Washington DC based early blues, swing and ragtime vocalist.  Bassist.
VATTEL CHERRY’S BASS RESPÄNSE (Owlsong, 2001)
LEWINE/BROWN XTET: Freewheeling (Owlsong, 1991)
NEW MEXICO JAZZ SAMPLER: New Mexico Jazz Workshop Vol I. (NMJW/Rettinger Records, 1990)
RED HOT PEPPERS: Bourbon Street Bash (Owlsong, 1989)
ALAN LEWINE SEPTET: Original Jazz (Owlsong, 1986)

Press & quotes

AllAboutJazz – “[W]rites and performs music that frees the soul, moves the mind to wonder at possibilities, but most of all, sings hymns of exaltation in these most needy of times”

Albuquerque Journal – “The loose, intelligent excitement of the Septet’s playing is reminiscent of the VSOP Quintet of former Miles sidemen”

Wayne Thompson (Jazz Society of Oregon) – “A composer and a scholar in many of jazz’s many-splendored forms”

JazzScene – “Lewine posses a dark sound, powerful and forboding”

Milt ‘Judge’ Hinton – “Truly on the right bass path”

Cadence Jazz – “Intelligent and well-paced”

 

Awards

Over a dozen NM-MIC (New Mexico Music Industry Coalition) nomiations in the late 1980s for best jazz album, best jazz composition, album of the year, best jazz producer, best jazz cover song etc.

2017 Nominee as producer for the prize Cubaidsco (Cuba’s grammy) based on a limited pre-release of Rosas Para Lecuona (Owlsong, 2018)

Soprano Meets Bass Ana Maria Ruimonte

Short Bio

Ana María Ruimonte is a Spanish-American operatic soprano. After her graduation from Spain’s leading vocal conservatory, the Escuela Superior de Canto of Madrid, she worked with the chorus of Spain’s Royal Opera Theater and the National Chorus and Orchestra of Spain., Ana María sang in several countries, and for the Spanish King and Queen and for Nelson Mandela. In Spain she appeared on many CDs and DVDs on Deutsche Grammophon and other labels. She was a finalist in the Giordano competition in Italy. Since relocating to the United States in 2013, Ana María has released several CDs, including Sephardic Treasures with Alan Lewine; Burn, Heart, Burn; The Soul and Life of a Woman; Rosas para Lecuona; Con Rodrigo en Cuba; and Sencillamente Martí. She wrote “The Cart of Love,” a multimedia bilingual theatrical spectacle set in the 17th century with puppets and songs from the Spanish baroque. She continues development of her project of songs and poetry ” Slavery, Miscegenation and Liberation: The Era of Modernism.

 

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Discography

CD
Sephardic Treasures (Ansonica Records, 2020)
Secillamente Martí (Owlsong, 2019)
Rosas para Lecuona (Owlsong, 2018)
Alma y Vida de Mujer (Owlsong, 2015)
Owlsong Sampler (Owlsong, 2014)
Arded, Corazón, Arded (Owlsong – 2014)
Luisa Fernanda by Moreno Torroba (Deutsche Grammophone, 2006)
Ildegonda by Emilio Arrieta (RNE-Radiotelevisión Española, 2005)
El Dúo de la Africana by Manuel Fernández Caballero (Deutsche Grammophone, 2004)
El Centro De La Tierra by Enrique Fernández Arbós (Verso, 2004)
Henry Clifford by Isaac Albéniz (Decca, 2003)
Margarita la Tornera by Ruperto Chapi (RNE-Radiotelevisión Española, 2002) DVD & Blu-Ray
Pagliacci and Cavalleria Rusticana by Leoncavallo (Opus Arte/Teatro Real, 2008)
Luisa Fernanda by Moreno Torroba (Opus Arte/Teatro Real, 2007)
La Traviata by Guiseppe Verdi (Opus Arte/Teatro Real, 2006)
La Bohème by Giacomo Puccini (Opus Arte/Teatro Real, 2006)
La Dolores by Tomás Bretón (RA7/Teatro Real, 2006)
El Dúo De La Africana by Manuel Fernández Caballero (RA7/Teatro Real de Madrid, 2005)
Don Giovanni by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Opus Arte/Teatro Real, 2005)
Tosca by Giacomo Puccini (Opus Arte/Teatro Real, 2004)
Merlin by Isaac Albéniz (Opus Arte/BBC, 2004)

Press & quotes

AllAboutJazz – “[W]rites and performs music that frees the soul, moves the mind to wonder at possibilities, but most of all, sings hymns of exaltation in these most needy of times”

Albuquerque Journal – “The loose, intelligent excitement of the Septet’s playing is reminiscent of the VSOP Quintet of former Miles sidemen”

Wayne Thompson (Jazz Society of Oregon) – “A composer and a scholar in many of jazz’s many-splendored forms”

JazzScene – “Lewine posses a dark sound, powerful and forboding”

Milt ‘Judge’ Hinton – “Truly on the right bass path”

Cadence Jazz – “Intelligent and well-paced”

 

Awards

2013 Finalist in the XV Concorso Lirico Internazionale Umberto Giordano competition in Lucera, Foggia, Italy, hometown of Umberto Giordano.
2017 Nominee for the prize Cubadisco (Cuba’s “grammy”) based on a limited Cuban pre-release of Rosas para Lecuona.
2019 Semi-Finalist Classical Singer competition in Chicago. (Owlsong, 2018)

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