Sat, Apr 04|
The Robin Theatre
POSTPONED* Aaron Jonah Lewis: Mozart of the Banjo Album Release
NEW DATE* SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 6: 7PM
Time & Location
Apr 04, 2020, 7:30 PM
The Robin Theatre, 1105 S Washington Ave, Lansing, MI 48910, USA
About The Event
7:30 doors, 8PM show
$15 advance, $20 doors
Aaron Jonah Lewis is a champion fiddler who has been elbow-deep in traditional American fiddle and banjo music since his first lessons at the age of five with Kentucky native Robert Oppelt. Lewis has taken blue ribbons at the Appalachian String Band Festival in Clifftop, WV, and at the Old Fiddlers Convention in Galax, VA, the oldest and largest fiddlers convention in the country. He is also noted for his mastery of multiple banjo styles. He spends most of his time teaching, touring as a solo performer, with the Corn Potato String Band, Lovestruck Balladeers, and other projects.
Lewis has appeared on dozens of recordings from bluegrass and old time to traditional jazz, contemporary experimental and Turkish classical music projects. He has taught workshops at the the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow and at the English Folk Dance and Song Society in London. He also plays and teaches banjo, mandolin, and guitar and is currently based in Detroit.
As a banjoist, Lewis explores some interesting veins in the roots of Old Time, Bluegrass, Ragtime and Jazz music through his newest recording, “Mozart of the Banjo: The Joe Morley Project.” This project is devoted to the music of the great English prodigy and virtuoso composer Joe Morley (1867-1937), who wrote a significant body of great banjo pieces in a technique that people today call “classic fingerstyle.”
Mozart of the Banjo is just spectacular! Aaron’s playing and overall musicality is just top notch. Bravo, what else can I say? Tone is fantastic, timing is spot on, just full of life. Piano playing is truly awesome. What a commitment — astounding. —Jens Kruger
I’m hugely impressed. Aaron brings back these good old days – I’m just loving it. Aaron is so deep inside this style and his playing is great. –Tony Trischka
Aaron could sit in with any of the greats, Ossman, Van Eps, Bickford, Spaulding, Bowen, etc., and be at home. – Joel Hooks, American Banjo Fraternity