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Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: 1971

An Englishman living in Paris, Richard Lewis trained as a classical percussionist before becoming a jazz drummer.

After moving onto guitar, piano, accordion, banjo, hurdy gurdy and a host of other instruments, he spent time as a singer-songwriter on the folk circuit, before composing a number of scores for film, theatre and dance.

Today, equally happy at centre-stage or as a side-man or session player, he returns to the piano to present his own jazz-fuelled songs, alongside flugelhorn player Jean-Baptiste Bridon (Courir Les Rues), saxist and flautist Jean-Hervé Michel and violinist Laurence Freund....
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”Pick of the month ... is Englishman Richard Lewis, exiled in France for five years. Classically trained under minimalist composer Brian Wilshere and by turns jazz drummer, folk guitarist and composer of scores, [he] has created a perfect synthesis of his various influences and experiences. His new album, “Untitled” is a small marvel, full of hidden treasures, for which he summons not only flighty bursts of avant garde piano and folky guitar picking but also organ, accordion and banjo. The talent and technical prowess of this top-level musician are placed beyond doubt: a kind of UFO in a world of self-produced work in which a garage tendency is the norm...

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