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.

What others say

“His playing was playful but also serious to a point of being spiritual.” — Wynton Marsalis in the New York Times

Eric Lewis’ TED talks

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Live from TED

4 chances to see TED speakers live, this week and next

March 17, 2009

TEDIndia’s Lakshmi Pratury will be interviewing two TED speakers next week in the Bay Area: + March 30, 2009, hear TED2009 speaker Nandan Nilekani, the founder of Infosys and the author of Imagining India, at the Crowne Plaza Cabana in Palo Alto, 6:30-8pm. Tickets: $15 members, $25 nonmembers. Premium tickets (includes reception, book and priority […]

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A striking evolution in jazz: Exclusive interview with Eric Lewis

March 6, 2009

Not without a struggle (and a measure of healthy angst), acclaimed pianist Eric Lewis is driving the next evolution of jazz — forging new musical alloys of classic blue note scuttles, delicate improvisations and heady alt rock hooks. Now, with a roster of sold-out shows and a growing list of celebrity supporters, his iconoclastic arrangements […]

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