Paradise Jazz Festival

Emmanuel Vourakis

About Emmanuel Vourakis

Lee Westwood is a Brighton-based guitarist and composer. Dedicating much of his time to the tuning DADGAD, Lee exploits the instrument’s many facets to create eclectic modern lullabies for the steel strung acoustic guitar, using new dynamics and approaches in his pieces.
Born in 1982, Lee began playing at age 10. He studied the electric guitar for several years before making a gradual transition over to the acoustic, on which he developed his own unique style of both finger picking and composition.

Emmanuel Vourakis

He now composes for other instruments, notably the flute, and for small ensembles. Lee’s debut album ‘To Sleep (Farewell Songs)‘, released in 2006, was met with rave reviews. The tracks are predominantly solo guitar, with one guitar duo, two duos for flute and guitar, and one trio for flute and two guitars. The album is accompanied by original artwork by Australian illustrator Adam Oehlers, and features the flute of Philippe Barnes.
Recent live performances include Sidmouth Folk Festival, 93 Feet East (Brick Lane), Lewes Guitar Festival, Crawley Folk Festival, The Chapel Royal (Brighton), Small World Festival, One World Festival, Off The Tracks Festival, support for British Folk legends Waterson Carthy, French guitarist Pierre Bensusan, Nick Harper, Richard Smith, Gavin Moore, Joe West and Julian Dawson, several live radio sessions for BBC Southern Counties (with Phil Jackson), Radio Reverb, Juice FM, Radio 4A, Resonance FM, Soundwave Radio, Radio Asturias (with Alberto Toyos), Radio Nacional De Espaρa and Onda Cero, and three Spanish tours, including dates in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, San Sebastian, A Coruρa, Oviedo, Aviles and Gijon.
Lee’s compositions were also performed by award-winning guitarist Gerard Mapstone at Tyalgum Classical Music Festival, Australia.
In 2006, Guitarist magazine published an interview with Lee Westwood. Other articles in the last year include Guitar & Bass magazine, Guitarra Total, Acoustic magazine, Rocks magazine, and online review sites such as FAME, Minor 7th and Bridge Guitar Reviews.
In 2006 Lee also appeared on Cuatrosfera, a Spanish national television program.


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