Pawel Kováč talks to Richard Lewis about his latest studio release
Richard Lewis has emerged from the studio with a new collection of works for piano, with occasional arrangements for strings, woodwinds and percussion: Twelve Reveries for Piano and Instruments. The Louba Rêve office has already received requests for the sheet music. But, as Lewis explains, the collection is born of improvised sessions.
“I don’t think that atonality is particularly modern any more. When I was coming up, the feeling was that you had to be atonal in order to be modern, and some people still believe that. I don’t think I ever believed that. I suppose that really what I do is to posit a future for concert music in which the creative model returns to the kind of aesthetic that powered folks like Dvořák or Gershwin. In other words, live in the age you’re in, be open to and draw from the music that’s around you.”
“Luminous, addictive” — Gramophone.
Martin Smith, violin.
Andrew Skrimshire, cello.
Alan Brown, piano.
Fine Arts Sinfonia
Michael Nebe, director.
“These first recordings of music by the English percussionist and composer Brian Wilshere focus retrospectively on his work for ensemble and chamber orchestra. Although he describes his music in formal terms … it is feeling, sentiment and an outpouring of often luminous melody that become the character of his work … addictive.”
Laurence Vittes, Gramophone
Brian Wilshere vibraphone
Alan Brown piano
London Piano and Percussion Quartet
Brian Wilshere, Amelia Jacobs percussion
Alan Brown, Thorsten Lindner piano
” … a small marvel, full of hidden treasures” — Indiepoprock
“Pick of the month … is Englishman Richard Lewis, exiled in France for five years. Classically trained 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:
“Compositions of unbearable talent” — Zicazic
Third album from acclaimed songwriter and score composer Richard Lewis. A fixture on the Paris live circuit, Lewis effortlessly blends a range of influences from jazz, avant-rock and ambient to folk and electronica over ten captivating and atmospheric tracks. Seductive, assured and laid back, You Are Here is his most coherent and fully-realised work to date.
“In a whirlwind of creativity, instruments as diverse as flugelhorn, flute, violin, double bass and banjo, along with spikes of electronica and tribal percussion, all mix with a certain spontaneity, but no less ingenuity. This third personal album brings elegance and audacity together with sheer class to produce ten original pieces, in which the voice is more than just a supplement to compositions of unbearable talent!”