Lewis Smith has been a well-known saxophonist on the Irish jazz scene for over 20 years. As a 19 year old he joined the ranks of the Brian Irvine Ensemble as the soprano saxophonist. A position he held for 11 years.
In his own projects as leader and composer, Smith explored the worlds of free jazz, and crossover music. He was a member of Spree, a Drum ’N Bass band who played the grand philharmonic stages of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan and the Jazz World stage of the Glastonbury Festival.
Having visited andheard the strange and wonderful music of Kazakhstan,Smith returned to give workshops and to research Kazakh traditional music with musicians such as Yedil Khuseinov at the Kazakh Conservatory. He came back to his home town of Belfast to perform compositions that fuse together his experience of classical music, jazz and now Kazakh traditional music at the prestigious Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queen’s University. More recently Smith has begun a Masters in Music Composition at Ulster University.
Lewis will be accompanied by Scott Flanigan on Piano and Rohan Armstrong on Bass.
The Great Hall Ulster University Northland Road Londonderry BT48 7JL
Ulster University Music Department is putting on two months of musical mastery at Magee campus
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