Described by the Musician’s Union as “one of the UK’s most exciting and versatile musicians”, Lee Westwood is a guitarist and composer whose wide-ranging output stems from a long-term tenacity for musical exploration. Lee’s works span from the Music-Geometry crossover of his multimedia exhibition ‘A Hidden Order’ to a vast back-catalogue of works for solo guitar; from headlining festival stages with Hip-Hop groups and Prog Folk acts to commissions from some of the UK’s leading soloists, ensembles and choirs.
Lee’s music has been supported and commissioned through organisations including Arts Council England, PRS Foundation, LSO Soundhub, Sound and Music, Making Music, ICLI, Composit New Music Festival, John Armitage Memorial Trust, University Of Sussex and Cheltenham Composer Academy. Alongside many years of touring his own solo guitar works, Lee’s music has also been performed by members of the LSO, Riot Ensemble, Joby Burgess, Maarten Stragier, Windrose Trio, New Music Players, Workers Union Ensemble, MusArc, The Chapel Choir of Selwyn College Cambridge, Notes Inégales, Adam Swayne and Hidden Order Ensemble.
Lee received Arts Council support for ‘A Hidden Order’, a collaboration with geometer Sama Mara exploring the relationship between music and geometry. Manifesting as a collection of large-scale prints, an album, a video installation and an interactive platform, the exhibition centres around a multimedia performance of a new suite of chamber works, whereby live music is translated in real-time into its geometric counterpart (Saatchi Gallery; Aga Khan Museum; SCOPE Miami; Athr Gallery; Prince’s School Of Traditional Arts; Chalice Wells Trust; Edinburgh International Science Festival; Kashya Hildebrand; Abu Dhabi Art).
As a solo guitarist, Lee has shared the stage with countless guitar and folk legends, and has performed his music extensively throughout the UK and abroad. Lee has toured and recorded internationally with bands including Dizraeli & The Small Gods, Le Juki and Moulettes, and has released an extensive back catalogue of albums, both solo and collaborative, and a book of selected works for solo guitar.
Lee completed his Doctorate at the University Of Sussex under the supervision of composer Martin Butler, and has studied privately with James Weeks, Martin Suckling and Alison Kay. Through his ongoing work in education, Lee has run workshops, masterclasses, lectures, seminars and private tuition for institutions such as University Of Sussex, University Of Cyprus, Aldeburgh Young Musicians, Trinity Laban, Chalice Wells Trust, Prince’s School Of Traditional Arts, Cumnor House School and Access To Music.
Jules Arthur is a producer and classical pianist/viola player/synth obsessor… His route to composition came through art: trained in sound art and installations at Oxford University, he went on to found the Beatabet Collective, a multidisciplinary coalition of artists, musicians, film-makers and dancers.
Jules is a creative director of The Rose Hill venue and arts centre, curating cutting edge performances, commissioning arts residencies and producing new work. He has co-produced and participated in numerous large-scale installations and cross-platform performances including White Night Brighton/Nuite Blanche Amiens; All Fours, Shunt Lounge .
He devised and co-ordinated the annual international arts residency Beatafarm for 5 years running the main studio and the Beatabet record label.
Jules has received Arts Council funding as a co-director of Metahub UK, an international (Belgium, Switzerland, France, UK) network of video makers and musicians, focused on AV improvisation. He was also a partner at Platform Centrale, an organisation dedicated to curating multi-media arts events.
Over the years Jules has worked with a number of up-and-coming film directors including Bafta nominees Jamie Stone and David Higgins, and has produced works for other artists, including the world female beatbox champion Bellatrix and underground vocal improvising legend Bunty.
Outside the studio, Jules is equally at home onstage, having toured for over a decade with acts of numerous styles, including Songlines Awards nominees Dizraeli & The Small Gods, prog/folk powerhouse and 6Music favourites The Moulettes, and off-the-wall trio Le Juki, touring the UK and Europe extensively, often headlining festivals around Britain. Jules’ writing for bands has appeared on BBC Radio 1, 2, 3, 4 , 6 and Cymru and on Welsh national television.
Jules’ playing appears on a wealth of albums, including: Bunty ‘Multimos’; Bunty ‘Say Go’; Le Juki ‘Capillaries’; Dizraeli & The Small Gods ‘Moving In The Dark’; Dizraeli ‘city shanties’, Beatabet ‘La Varenne’ and ‘La Varenne II’.