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TED2009

Eric Lewis: Chaos and harmony on piano

February 5, 2009

Eric Lewis explores the piano's expressive power as he pounds and caresses the keys (and the strings) in a performance during the 2009 TED Prize session. He plays an original song, a tribute to ocean and sky and the vision of the TED Prize winners.

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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