Born Claudia Lagona, Levante's spends her time between Italy's two hottest music scenes in Catania and Torino. Turning to songwriting as a teenager to ease the pain of her father's death and her family's relocation from Sicily to the industrial North, Levante found solace in a range of female muses from fellow Sicilian singer-songwriter Carmen Consoli to all-time Italian diva Mina, alongside revered American artists Tori Amos and Janis Joplin. After a stint in Leeds to develop her English writing style, Levante returned to Turin shifting back to the Italian language with a fully mature sound featuring direct lyrics of everyday life — love, pain, friendship, joy — and signing to leading independent INRI label which is based in the city.
Like a hot wind blowing in from the east, Levante will make her US debut at SXSW, the world's leading music industry event, taking place March 17 – 21, 2015 in Austin, TX. Showcase dates follow on Monday March 23 in Los Angeles at Genghis Cohen, the storied Hollywood hotspot which launched the careers of singer-songwriters such as Sara Bareilles, and on Wednesday March 25 at The Standard, East Village in New York. Levante's StandardSounds appearance is part of the Annie O Music Series which has previously featured acts from the New York and international music scenes such as Moby, Joan as Police Woman and Jovanotti.
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