Levitt plays the blues of another era; from another place. Blending biblical Hebrew and plain English into songs about longing, joy, justice and celebration, he gives a nod to the “old country” as much as a new, multicultural world. To this point, while the music is at once familiar and classifiable, it doesn't lend itself to easy comparison. His current repertoire is comprised of adaptations of traditional songs and and his own, many of which feature original music set to biblical verses, often psalms or the prophetic calls for justice and mercy.
Matthew Levitt is a multi-genre performer and songwriter playing a spiritual music he refers to as mystic folk. He has performed in clubs, festivals, parties, and nontraditional venues throughout Minnesota and the upper Midwest with select national and international performances.
Matthew has released two CDs of Jewish music; Ahava Raba (2011), The Prophets, Volume One (2013). His third CD will be released in early 2016.
In February of 2013, Matthew performed at the Shalshelet festival in Miami and was recognized for his original composition, "B'chol Dor Vador" which was just released by Shalshelet in recorded and sheet music form. His song "Eliyahu Hanvani" was featured in a documentary about Jewish Soviet WWII Veterans that live in Minnesota.
He regularly shares his music and contributes to Shir Tikvah Congregation (Minneapolis, MN), Adath Jeshurun (Minnetonka, MN), Temple of Aaron (St. Paul, MN), and has at Beth Jacob Congregation (Mendota Heights, MN), and Temple Israel (Minneapolis, MN). He also performs regularly for Sha'arim and Sholom Community Alliance, as well as volunteers as a service leader at Roitenberg Assisted Living Center and the Memory Care Unit.
Bandleader, guitarist and vocalist, Matthew Levitt has spent time playing classic rock locally, Arabic and middle eastern music in a music and dance ensemble, touring in a reggae band, performing and recording with a latin-fueled world fusion group, and released three CD’s with his own band, Levitt8, in funk and jamband styles.
Matthew lives in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, and currently performs with: Black Isles Bellydance (Middle Eastern music and dance), Big Island Band (party/variety rock covers), Collective Flow (RnB, Reggae, Hiphop), and as a solo performer.