"[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 phenomenon of sound as a raw material, and often uses technology in its realisation and performance. He is especially interested in exploring the 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.
'Skyline' wins Destellos Prize
3 Sept 2017 – Skyline has been awarded first prize in the acousmatic category of the 10th Foundation Destellos Competition, Argentina.
'Skyline' Russian premiere
Skyline will receive its Russian premiere at the 35th General Asssembly of CIME, Moscow House of Composers, Moscow, on 26 September 2017.
'LEXICON' US premiere
Videomusic piece LEXICON will receive its US premiere in Brooklyn, New York, at the Bushwick Open Studios, Mise-En Place, Bushwick on 23-24 September 2017.
'Fern Hill' French premiere
Fern Hill is to be given its French premiere by l'Orchestre national Montpellier Occitanie, in Montpellier on 23 February 2018.
'Straatmuziek' US premiere
June 25 2017 – 'Straatmuziek' received its US premiere at the Mise–En Music Festival in New York. It was performed by members of Ensemble Mise–En: Kelley Barnett (flute, alto flute), Vasco Dukovski (clarinet, bass clarinet) and Yumi Suehiro (piano), with Andrew Lewis (electronics).
'LEXICON' in Brussels
April 5 2017 – videomusic piece 'LEXICON' was presented by Julien Guillamat at Festival 2 visages de la musique électroacoustique hosted by Musiques & Recherches - Influx, Brussels, Belgium.
'Skyline' at Sounds Like This
Acousmatic work 'Skyline' was performed at Leeds College of Music's Sounds Like This festival on 17 March 2017, alongside works by Christopher Bevan, Felipe Otondo, Paolo Pastorino, Adam Stanović and Daniel James Ross
Premiere of new acousmatic work
Andrew Lewis's new acousmatic work 'Skyline' received its premiere in Bangor's brand new Theatr Bryn Terfel in the Pontio Arts and Innovation Centre, on 20th October 2016. The work was performed as part of a concert marking the 70th birthday of Denis Smalley.
'Fern Hill' wins first prize at KLANG
Fern Hill has been awarded first prize at the KLANG Festival in Montpellier, France. It will be given its French premiere by l'Opéra Orchestre National de Montpellier in 2018.
Leverhulme Fellowship for orchestral work
The Leverhulme Trust has awared a Fellowship to Andrew Lewis to enable him to compose a new work for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales. The new work, for orchestra and electronics, will 'orchestrate' the voices of people with dementia and their carers, giving voice to the personal stories of people living with dementia, and bringing their experiences into the concert hall. The project is a collaboration with Prof Bob Woods of Bangor University, and the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.
LEXICON at KLANG!
Video music piece LEXICON was featured at the 2016 KLANG! electroacoustic festival in Montpellier, on 5 June.