Levi Chen’s unique musical voice combines ambient electric guitar textures with traditional instruments from around the world, forming a sound that is simultaneously private, passionate, and expansive.
A prolific composer and producer, Levi has released eight albums with sounds ranging from the spare solo guitar of Tao to the abundant washes and gu zheng layers of Haiku Moon. Meditation of My Soul focused on the interplay of ambient guitar and Chinese harp; Liquid Gardens explored a band format; Alhambra marked the evolution of Levi’s solo sound and the return to his acoustic origins.
Levi’s eighth record, Devocean, spanned the two years after his father’s death in 2005. The album generated an award-winning music video, „Sound and Recent Sorrow (SARS),“ and earned Levi recognition as 2007’s Best Instrumental Artist (Los Angeles Music Awards).
The upcoming Dalai Mongol, three years in the making, is Levi’s most ambitious project to date. In conjunction with the album comes a feature film shot entirely in the Mongolian wilderness over the course of twenty days. The music of Dalai Mongol was recorded in both Ulanbaatar and Los Angeles and features Jonon, a traditional folk music ensemble. The album was released in the summer of 2012.