Meet The Performers

Visiting Artist - Percussion

Gene Lewin

Percussion

Gene Lewin appears on 33 CDs, with several more soon to be released. His eclectic discography ranges from the modern jazz of Fundementia to the electric-violin pop of GrooveLily. Several straight-ahead jazz projects and singer-songwriter efforts round out the list.

Gene drums, sings, and composes for GrooveLily, a trio that has been together for 16 years and has toured extensively in the U.S. and Canada.  While they have morphed through many different musical scenes (and hair styles), they are now focused on creating hybrid musical theater; performances that feel both like concert and story.  The band’s credits in this area include: a production of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (directed by Tina Landau), “Striking 12,” and the autobiographical show "Wheelhouse" which had its world premiere in 2012 at TheatreWorks in Mountain View, CA.

Gene is also active in New York City’s jazz scene, performing and recording with many well-respected singers and instrumentalists.  He has appeared on CDs with bassists John Patitucci and Scott Colley, guitarists Ben Monder and Steve Cardenas, jazz legend tenor saxophonist George Coleman, bassist/vocalist Jay Leonhart, and many others.

Originally an engineering major at Princeton University, Gene soon changed paths and returned to school to receive a master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music in 1991.  He sends love to wife Suzanne and sons Elias and Jacob.

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