(Photo: Bea Borgers)
"[His music] possesses the ability to transport the listener to somewhere beyond the concrete and the
everyday while apparently originating from within it."
Stuart Marshall, The Sound
Andrew Lewis is a composer based in North Wales (UK). His music is primarily concerned with the materiality
of sound, and often uses technology in its realisation and performance. He is especially interested in
exploring the latent musicality of everyday sounds as a means of connecting more directly with listeners. His
output ranges from 'acousmatic' music (heard solely on multiple loudspeakers) to orchestral and chamber works,
often (but not exclusively) including technology. (Read more...)
World Premiere of 'Cori Spezzati' at BEAST FEaST
1 Jul 2022 – 'Cori Spezzati', a new 8-channel acousmatic
piece, was premiered at this year's BEAST
FEaST in Birmingham. The piece was composed in celebration of 40
years of BEAST and the 70th
birthday of Jonty
Harrison, to whom the work is also dedicated. 'Cori Spezzati' is the second of a projected trio of works inspired by the spatial music of Gabrielli, the first of which was 'Canzon in Double Echo'.
UPROAR 'Professor Bad trip' resumes!
8 May 2022 – After a lengthy pause due to the Covid
pandemic, UPROAR are resuming
their Professor Bad Trip tour, including further performances of Canzon
in Double Echo. The 2022 dates are Bristol
New Music (Arnolfini,
Bristol) on 8 May, Caernarfon (Galeri)
on 20 May, and Festival
KLANG (Montpellier) on 1 June.
'Llanddwyn Skies' at BULO Bristol
1 Apr 2022 – 8-channel acousmatic work 'Llanddwyn Skies' was
performed by the BULO, Bristol under Neal
World Premiere of 'In Memory' re-scheduled
16 Mar 2022 – New BBC / Tŷ Cerdd commission 'In Memory', for
orchestra and electronics, which was due to be premiered on 18 March by
the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, was cancelled due to Covid among the
musicians. The piece has been rescheduled for the orchestra's North Wales
tour in November 2022. 'In Memory' continues the Lebenslieder
series, and features the voices of those caring for family members
with dementia. The commission is in celebration of 100
years of music at Bangor University.
World Premiere of 'Fantazia Upon One Note'
31 Jan 2022 – The world premiere of 'Fantazia Upon One Note'
for violin and electronics is to be given by Darragh Morgan at the Bangor
Music Festival, on 11 February 2022. Fantazia joins a tradition of
contemporary works inspired by Purcell's original, including music by
Peter Maxwell Davies, Oliver Knussen and Elliott Carter.
'LEXICON' celebrates Music 100
As part of Bangor University's Music
100 celebrations, audiovisual work LEXICON,
was perfomerd by Electroacoustic WALES in Theatr Bryn Terfel, Pontio,
Bangor, on October 21 2021.
UPROAR 'Professor Bad trip' tour
13 Mar 2020 – Canzon in Double
Echo was given its second performance at Aberystwyth Arts Center as
part of UPROAR's continuing
Professor Bad Trip tour.
World Premiere of 'Canzon in Double Echo'
28 Feb 2020 – Canzon in Double
Echo, for ensemble and electronics, was given its World Premiere by
UPROAR at Chapter, Cardiff.
'Earthline' – East meets West
11 Apr 2019 – Earthline,
for solo bass and alto flutes with electronics, was given its second
performance by Richard Craig at
the East Meets West event in Bangor.
Interview on Hear and Now
23 Feb 2019 – Andrew Lewis was interviewed by Kate Molleson
on Radio 3's "Hear and Now" programme on 23 February 2019. The show
featured UPROAR's premiere of ten
new Welsh pieces, and included Andrew Lewis's works Étude
aux objets and Skyline
'Étude aux objets' comes to Bangor
9 Feb 2019 – Ensemble piece 'Étude aux objets' was given its
second performance by UPROAR at
the Bangor New Music Festival on 9 February 2019. The performance was part
of UPROAR's 10x10
project featuring newly commissioned works by ten composers from
'Earthline' premiered by Richard Craig
09 Feb 2019 – Earthline,
composed for flautist Richard Craig,
was premiered at the Bangor
Music Festival on 9 February. The new work, for solo bass and alto
flute and electronics, is based on computer analysis of birdsong, and
develops ideas first explored in Skyline
40 Years of EMAS
26 Jan 2019 – Skyline was
one of the works featured at a special
event marking the 40th anniversary of the founding of EMAS (the
Electroacoustc Music Association of Great Britain. The two-day event was
organised by BEAN
(The British ElectroAcoustic Network) in association with Greenwich
University, London, and took take place on 26 and 27 January 2019.
'Straatmuziek' selected for ISCM World Music Days
14 Jan 2019 – Straatmuziek
for flute, clarinet, piano and electronics will represent Wales at this
year's ISCM World Music Days
in Tallinn, Estonia. The piece will be performed by Finnish ensemble Defunensemble.
Sound Junction, Sheffield
02 Nov 2018 – Andrew Lewis was one of the featured composers
at this year's Sound
Junction festival, Sheffield. He presented a solo concert of works
including Ascent, Dark Glass, Skyline
and two movements from 'Danses acousmatiques'
L'Espace du Son, Brussels
27 Oct 2018 – Andrew Lewis was one of the featured composers
at this year's L'Espace
du Son festival, Brussels. He presented a masterclass and a curated
a solo concert including Scherzo,
Ascent, Dark Glass, Skyline,
Penmon Point and LEXICON, along with
works by Jonty Harrison, Annie Mahtani and Alex Bailey.
'Skyline' at BULO
26 Oct 2018 – Skyline was
performed by the Bristol
University Loudspeaker Orchestra on 26 October 2018 at the Victoria
New work for UPROAR
31 Jul 2018 – Andrew Lewis was one of ten composers across
Wales composing newly commissioned works for the launch of UPROAR,
Wales' new music ensemble. The new work was premiered at Chapter
Arts Centre in Cardiff, on October 26 2018.
Lebenslieder wins KLANG prize
5 Jun 2018 – The first movement of Lebenslieder
was awarded second prize in the KLANG
competition, Montpellier. This work for chamber orchestra and
electronics deals with the topic of dementia, blending the voices of those
with the condition with the live ensemble.
'Skyline' at BEASTFEaST
27 Apr 2018 – Andrew Lewis performed Skyline
on the renowned BEAST diffusion system at the 2018
edition of BEASTFEaST in Birmingham, England
'Storm-song' and 'LEXICON' in Italy
20 Apr 2018 – Andrew Lewis visted the Lice Classico A.
Casardi in Barletta, Italy, for "Acusmoniae 3.0" presented by Leo Cicala.
The programme included audiovisual piece LEXICON,
and Storm-song for piano and fixed media, with Vanessa
19 Mar 2018 – Lebenslieder,
for chamber orchestra and electronics, was premiered on 19 March at the Pontio Centre, Bangor. An ensemble of
13 musicians from the BBC National Orchestra of Wales performed the three
movement work at the'Songs from Afar' event, hosted by Welsh broadcaster
Beti George. The piece uses the voices of people with dementia and their
partners who care for them. Composition of the work was supported by The