Tony Lewis [is] one of Sydney’s most versatile and accomplished exponents of non-Western percussion. (Sydney Morning Herald, Metro, 23/4/99)
Tony Lewis is one of Australia’s finest, most musically-diverse percussionists. (The Weekend Planet, ABC Radio National – website, February 18, 2007)
Percussionist and composer Tony Lewis specialises in cross-cultural music forms, and music for dance. He has composed major dance & theatre works including Dancing Demons (One Extra Company, 1991), Satu Langit (Chrissie Parrott Dance Company, Perth Festival, 1994), Wirid-Jiribin, The Lyrebird, with Dharawal Aboriginal performer Matthew Doyle and Dhamor Percussion (Festival Of The Dreaming, Sydney, 1997), and Children of the Stepping Stones (Sadari Theatre Company, Seoul, 2002). He appeared as a soloist at the Commonwealth Drum Festival (Auckland, 1990), and was Musical Director of the Asian segment of the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games. Tony has performed with many of Australia’s leading cross-cultural performance groups – including groups as diverse as Waratah and the Renaissance Players. He has performed all over Australia, including many indigenous communities, and internationally, and has studied and conducted cultural exchange projects across Africa, Asia, Europe and the Pacific. He is currently undertaking his PhD at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, through research into the garamut (log drum) drumming of Baluan Island, Manus Province, Papua New Guinea.