"Levi has a rare comprehension of the many elements that all great music shares, regardless of superficial category." Bill Dobbins - pianist/composer, professor at Eastman School of Music
"Levi Saelua has a wonderful musical voice expressed through his compositions and arrangements. He creates music that is both imaginitive and engaging to listener and performer. He is also a very fine saxophonist and improviser." Jeff Campbell - bassist/composer, Director of Jazz Studies at Eastman School of Music
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An award-winning composer and saxophonist, Levi Saelua maintains a full schedule playing with and writing for artists and ensembles in a variety of genres. He has performed in theaters and concert halls all over North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, and he regularly performs with Colossus West, Triism, Tenor Explosion, the Shawn Thwaites Rebel Quartet, Joe Mazzaferro, Alex Jenkins, and the Capital Jazz Project.
Levi began his musical studies at age 6 with the Sacramento Taiko Dan under the direction of Sensei Tiffany Tamaribuchi. At age 9, he began studying the saxophone and, five years later, arranged his first piece for jazz combo while attending Rio Americano High School. Upon graduating from Rio Americano's internationally distinguished jazz program, Levi furthered his music education at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, studying saxophone with Chien-Kwan Lin, Jose Encarnacion, and Charles Pillow, and jazz composition with Bill Dobbins and Dave Rivello. As a student at Eastman, Levi had the opportunity to work with artists such as Bob Brookmeyer, Maria Schneider, Bill Holman, Dennis Mackrel, Ryan Truesdell, Byron Stripling, Jeff Beal, and many others.