Lee Westwood is both a composer and a guitarist. His highly versatile musical language possesses an intimately personal character, developed over years of involvement in a wide field of cultures and traditions including Modern Jazz, Folk from across Europe and the Americas, and a broad spectrum of Classical Music, old and new.
Although largely self-taught, Lee is currently studying with Martin Butler towards his Doctorate at the University Of Sussex. He has also studied privately with Martin Suckling and Alison Kay, and has received composition mentoring from Michael Wolters, Peter Wiegold and Howard Skempton. In addition, Lee has studied Jazz harmony and improvisation with a number of private tutors, including George Moore, Jason Henson and Ian Price.
Sound And Music have made Lee one of their ‘New Voices’ featured composers for two years running (2014-16) and over this period he has been a part of two consecutive ‘Portfolio’ commissioning schemes.
Alongside many years of touring his own solo guitar works, Lee’s music has also been performed by the Workers Union Ensemble, MusArc, Riot Ensemble, Chapel Choir Of Selwyn College Cambridge, members of Notes Inégales, Adam Swayne & Susie Winkworth, Ben Socrates, University Of Sussex Symphony Orchestra, Hidden Order Ensemble, Lee Westwood Ensemble, Southern Winds Ensemble and Gerard Mapstone.
Lee received Arts Council support for his recent exhibition ‘A Hidden Order’, a collaboration with geometer Sama Mara exploring the relationship between music and geometry, culminating in the multimedia performance of a new suite of chamber works, whereby geometric artwork responds in realtime to live music. Still in its first year, ‘A Hidden Order’ has already toured some of the leading international spotlights for contemporary art, including the Prince’s School Of Traditional Arts (London), Saatchi Gallery (London), Athr Gallery (Jeddah, Saudi Arabia), Kashya Hildebrand Gallery (London), KIAF (Korea), Synergos Symposium (Toronto, Canada), Abu Dhabi Art (Abu Dhabi), Contemporary Istanbul Art Fair (Turkey), SCOPE Miami (USA), Seyhoun Gallery (LA, USA) and Art Basel (Hong Kong).
In addition to his own compositions, Lee also writes music for film with long-term fellow artist Jules Arthur (founding member of the Beatabet Collective), including music for the BBC’s forthcoming primetime documentary ‘Joan Of Arc’.
As a guitarist, Lee has shared the stage with many guitar and folk legends incuding Waterson-Carthy, Chris Wood, Martin Simpson, Tim Van Eyken, Lau, John Renbourn, Robin Williamson, Pierre Bensusan, Clive Carroll, Nick Harper, Richard Smith, Benji Kirkpatrick and Yasmin Levi, and has toured his music extensively throughout the UK, Europe, the USA and Canada. He has performed live on countless radio shows throughout England, Cyprus and Spain, and has appeared on Spanish national television (Cuatrosfera). Lee has played guitar for a number of other artists, including British folk legend Chris Wood (XOYO, London), film composer Damien Coldwell (Barbican Cinema, London; Phoenix, Leicester), Altus flautist Philippe Barnes (Barbican, London) and folk singer Carrie Tree. He played for 5 years with Songlines Award nominees Dizraeli & The Small Gods (ECC Records; West Holts Stage, Glastonbury; Big Red Tent, WOMAD; QEH, Southbank Centre; Barbican Foyer; O2 Academies across the UK), and currently tours and records with experimental trio Le Juki (Beatabet Records; One Taste; Tom Robinson; O2 Acaremies across the UK).