A masterful combination of song, performance and artistry, with a contagiously positive attitude and free spirit, folk singer Zoë Lewis, will present a concert at the Smith Opera House in Geneva on Saturday, Jan. 31, as part of the theatre's 2003/04 “Wild Women of the World Music Series.” Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show. Admission is $10 general admission and $5 for students and senior citizens.
Practically a one-woman band, Provincetown's Zoë Lewis is an energetic, edgy, multi-instrumentalist who has traveled the globe and picked up a vast mixture of musical influences: a touch of Ireland in her tin whistling; a little New Orleans in her piano playing; even hints of Latin America in many of her tunes.
Lewis started studying music in England at the age of seven. She began performing professionally playing the Hammond organ and synthesizer for London Latin jazz band Avanti in 1986. The band toured the UK and cut a record. She went solo in 1988, performed piano/vocal jazz standards in London pubs and later worked in South America and in the Caribbean.
In 1990, she arrived in the United States and began performing originals on guitar and piano and has since then toured extensively, performing at numerous folk clubs, coffee houses, colleges, women's music festivals and pride marches. She has taught workshops in schools and has written a musical for children called “Pests.”
In 1992 she began to perform in a variety of different acts in Provincetown on Cape Cod for the summer season. She became a local favorite and won Provincetown Paper's “About Town Awards” for best piano player and best comedy duo. She has toured in all over the states and has had shows in Australia, in the UK and aboard “Olivia” cruises. As well as continuing her solo career she is receiving much acclaim for her trio Zoë Lewis and her Rubber Band with Seattle bassist Kate Wolf, Quebec city percussionist Sylvie Richard and new member Roxanne Layton, on recorder. With musical influences from all around the world they perform upbeat and edgy tunes on a variety of weird instruments.
Recently, Zoë has been collecting a number of awards for her songwriting: New Folk Winner at the 2002 Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas; Audience Favorite 2001 at the Falconridge Folk Festival, NY; Finalist in the Telluride and Rocky Mountain Folk Festival Troubadour Competitions; Runner Up in the Eddie's Attic Shoot Out 2000, Atlanta, GA; and 1999 GLAMA Award nominee, NYC.
Zoë has released 4 recordings: “Fishbone, Wishbone, Funnybone” (2001); “Sheep” (1998); “Full of Faraway” (1996); and “Little piece of sky” (1994).
Joining Lewis at The Smith, on a variety of wooden recorders, is Manheim Steamroller's Roxanne Layton.
Tickets for Zoe Lewis are available at the Smith box office, Area Records and Music, Lyons National Bank, Hobart and William Smith Colleges Bookstore, and WomanMade Products or by calling 315-781-LIVE (5483) or toll-free 866-355-LIVE (5483).
The “Wild Women of the World Music Series” is sponsored by WomanMade Products in Seneca Falls, WEOS FM and the New York State Council on the Arts. Remaining concerts in the series include The Wyrd Sisters on March 12 and Brazil's Iabas on March 27.
The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street in Geneva. The Smith is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the City of Geneva, the Town of Geneva and by contributions from individual supporters.