(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 Projector
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...)
'Two Lakes' wins PRIX CIME 2023
03 Nov 2023 – 'Two Lakes' has been awarded the PRIX CIME 2023 at the General Assembly of the International Confederation of Electroacoustic Music (CIME-ICEM) in Rethymno, Greece. PRIX CIME is the main prize awarded every two years by CIME-ICEM. 'Two Lakes' was also performed as the prize winning work in a special concert at the CIME-ICEM Electroacoustic Music Days 2023 on November 3.
'LEXICON' at Musicacoustica-Hangzhou
27 Oct 2023 – Videomusic work 'LEXICON' was performed at the Musicacoustica-Hangzhou festival at Zhejiang Conservatory, Hangzhou, China, on 27 October 2023.
'Two Lakes' at ArtesSienza, Rome
12 Jul 2023 – 'Two Lakes' was performed in the gardens of the Goethe-Institut, Rome during the ArteScienza festival. The event was organised as a collaboration between the MAIN festival and the Centro Richerce Musicali (CRM).
Premiere of 'Two Lakes' at Visones Sonores, Mexico
10 Mar 2023 – new acousmatic work 'Two Lakes' was premiered during Visiones Sonores 19 at CMMAS, Mexico, as part of an event sponsored by the British Council. The piece is a reflection on climate change, and uses sonified data on water levels from Lake Nezahualcóyotl in Mexico, and Llyn Celyn in Wales, provided by Dr Iestyn Woolway of the School of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University.
Radio 3 broadcast of 'In Memory'
15 Dec 2022 – New BBC / Tŷ Cerdd commission 'In Memory', for
orchestra and electronics, was broadcast on BBC Radio 3's 'Radio 3 In Concert programme on 15 November 2022, with Gergely
Madaras conducting the BBC
National Orchestra of Wales. The programme also contained interviews with Andrew Lewis and an interval performance of acousmatic work 'Skyline'.
'Canzon in Double Echo' on the New Music Show
5 Nov 2022 – Canzon in Double
Echo for ensemble and electronics will be featured on BBC Radio
Three's New Music
Show, in a programme including works recorded by UPROAR ensemble in
Caernarfon in May 2022. The programme, introduced by Tom Service, starts
at 10pm on 5 November 2022, and will remain available online for 30 days.
World Premiere of 'In Memory' for orchestra and electronics
4 Nov 2022 – New BBC / Tŷ Cerdd commission 'In Memory', for
orchestra and electronics, which was due to be premiered in March, will
now take place on 11 November 2022 in Bangor, with Gergely
Madaras conducting the BBC
National Orchestra of Wales. '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 'Three Storms'
2 Nov 2022 – 'Three Storms', a new 8-channel acousmatic
piece, was premiered in Bangor at Electroacoustic Wales' 'Sounds of
Change' event on 2 November 2022. February 2022 saw three named
storms batter the UK in the course of a single week, and the piece was
created using ocean wave frequency data provided by Dr David Christie,
Research Fellow in the School of Ocean Sciences at Bangor University, and
obtained from coastalmonitoring.org
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 resumed
their Professor Bad Trip tour, including performances of Canzon
in Double Echo. The 2022 dates were Bristol
New Music (Arnolfini,
Bristol) on 8 May, Caernarfon (Galeri)
on 20 May, and Festival
KLANG (Montpellier) on 1 June.