George E. Lewis studied composition with Muhal Richard Abrams at the AACM School of Music, and trombone with Dean Hey. A member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) since 1971, Lewis’s work in electronic and computer music, computer-based multimedia installations, and notated and improvisative forms is documented on more than 150 recordings. His work has been presented by the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonia Orchestra, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Mivos Quartet, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, London Sinfonietta, Spektral Quartet, Talea Ensemble, Dinosaur Annex, Ensemble Pamplemousse, Wet Ink, Ensemble Erik Satie, Eco Ensemble, and others, with commissions from American Composers Orchestra, International Contemporary Ensemble, Harvestworks, Ensemble Either/Or, Orkestra Futura, Turning Point Ensemble, San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, 2010 Vancouver Cultural Olympiad, IRCAM, Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra, and others.
Professor Lewis will be in residence for the complete 2019 festival in Cesena, Italy. He has curated the following program, which will feature a newly composed work for soundSCAPE faculty, with conductor Michael Lewanski:
• Creative Construction Set (2015), by George Lewis
• Swing (2009), by Franck Bedrossian
• Ambiguous garnet colored fragments, by Akiko Yamane
• Shades of Words (2011), by Andile Khumalo
• new piece for faculty ensemble (2019), by George Lewis
Performers and Composers will have ample opportunity to work with Professor Lewis in a variety of settings at the festival!