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The Muse at Club 617
Living room

The Muse at Club 617

Downtown Oakland, Oakland

Thu, November 30, 2023 7:30 PM, PST

Pay the musicians
Drinking policy
Bring your own drinks
Wheelchair access
Not wheelchair accessible

This is a groupmuse

A live concert in a living room, backyard, or another intimate space. They're casual and friendly, hosted by community members.


To muse, or not to muse?

That is hardly the question at Club 617, a Victorian gem brimming with warmth in the heart of Uptown Oakland, where the night will be alive with the whimsical tunes of the Levitation Quartet.

This eclectic ensemble, hailing from the vibrant streets of San Francisco, promises an evening of intrigue. Their repertoire is a captivating tapestry woven from the threads of Jazz Manouche, the pulsating rhythms of the Mediterranean, the soul-stirring melodies of Balkan and Latin Folk Music, and the elegant intricacies of the Turkish Classical Tradition. Each performance is a musical mosaic, a whirlwind of cabaret-style celebration, and an ode to the free and nomadic spirit that resides within us all.

Let's introduce the maestros of the evening:

Oliver Levi, who weaves melodies with the grace of a bird in flight.
William Brayton, a guitarist whose fingers weave stories through strings.
Colin O’Leary, a bassist whose rhythms are the backbone of melodies.
Sebastien Aleman, a percussionist who breathes life into beats.

As tradition dictates, guests are warmly encouraged to contribute to the evening's festivities by bringing snacks or drinks to share. After all, what is a celebration without the joys of communal feasting and toasting?

The musical journey commences at 8:30 PM, a time when the stars align and the melodies take flight. So, come one, come all, to this enchanting evening where music, camaraderie, and the magic of the night come together in a symphony of experiencesthat resonate long after the final note has faded. Club 617 awaits your presence, eager to share in the joy of music and the warmth of good company.

See you there!

What's the music?

Levitation Quartet
We are a collection of San Franciscans who enjoy bringing forth the rhythmic and melodic motifs of Jazz Manouche, Mediterranean, Balkan, and Latin Folk Music, and the Turkish Classical Tradition. These elements come together in a whirling cabaret, which aims to celebrate the levity of the free, nomadic spirit.
Oliver Levi – Violin
William Brayton – Guitar
Colin O’Leary – Bass
Sebastien Aleman – Percussion

Nov 30 Groupmuse Program

Dark Eyes (Russian Traditional)
Esperanza (Marc Perrone)
Nuages (Django Reinhardt)
Armando's Rhumba (Chick Corea)
Bu Dunya Bir Pencere (Yunus Emre)
Tamr Henna (Mohamed Almungi)
Chechen Kizi (Tanburi Cemil Bey)
Misirlou (Greek Traditional)
Capriccio 24 (Niccolo Paganini)
Enta Omri (Mohammed Abdel Wahab)
Swing Gitan (Django Reinhardt)
Nazende and Crescent (Will and Oliver)

Where does this music come from?

We are playing music from the Jazz Manouche tradition, popularised by Django Reinhardt. Along the way, we also explore music from the Turkish classical and folk tradition, and finally conclude with a suite of original music in the Flamenco style.


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