Levi Chen -- composer, guitarist and founder of the trio Celtic Zen (with harpist Lisa Franco and cembalist Michael Masley) -- is a first-generation Chinese-American who, though born and raised in the Midwest, has lived in countries as diverse as Taiwan, France, Italy, and Switzerland. Chen speaks five languages. Chen was already a world traveler (his family visited grandparents in Taiwan) by the time he began studying guitar at age ten. In 1981, the rebellious teenage Chen was sent to a boarding school in Switzerland for his junior year. This, he says, turned his life around and expanded his horizons. Encouraged, he returned to the United States to attend Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, where he studied graphic arts, architecture, and music with musicologist Roland Wiggins. In 1984, Chen spent 11 months attending the ...
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