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TED2009

Eric Lewis: Piano jazz that rocks

February 6, 2009

Eric Lewis, an astonishingly talented crossover jazz pianist -- seen by many for the first time at TED2009 -- sets fire to the keys with his shattering rendition of Evanescence's chart-topper, "Going Under."

Eric Lewis - Pianist
ELEW channels the raw emotion of alternative rock into fiery, take-no-prisoners jazz piano arrangements. Full bio

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Eric Lewis - Pianist
ELEW channels the raw emotion of alternative rock into fiery, take-no-prisoners jazz piano arrangements.

Why you should listen

A virtuoso and fiery performer who treats the grand piano the way rock musicians treat a guitar, reaching into it to pluck strings and playing with explosive physicality, ELEW (Eric Lewis) has fused jazz and rock and in the process created a new genre, rockjazz. He has taken it from sold-out concert halls to a private performance at the White House, reinterpreting and reenergizing songs by Coldplay, Nirvana, Radiohead and more. He is the composer in residence at Complexions Contemporary Ballet, and leads a parallel career as a DJ.

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