NIMZO STUDIO is a collaboration between composer/guitarist Lee Westwood and producer/pianist/viola player Jules Arthur.
Our output is diverse, and includes music for film, documentary, adverts, stage, educational series, installations and production/arrangements for songwriters. A combined skill set and broad musical backgrounds means every base is covered, from initial idea to finished, mastered recordings, embracing a huge range of styles from evocative soundscapes and electronic music, through World/Folk/Acoustic/Rock/Jazz, to classical ensembles, choirs and full orchestral works.
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.
As a creative director he has co-produced and participated in numerous large-scale installations and cross-platform performances with Beatabet (WTF is Happening Now?, Brighton; All Fours, Shunt-London; White Night Brighton/Nuite Blanche Amiens; Maison Folie, Lille). He devised and co-ordinates the annual international arts residency Beatafarm (manning the main recording studio), and co-runs the Beatabet record label, which hosts some of the most exciting acts and musical creators from London and the South.
Over the years Jules has worked with a number of up-and-coming film directors including Jamie Stone and David Higgins, and has produced works for other artists, including the world female beatbox champion Bellatrix and 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 major 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 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.
Jules’ playing appears on a wealth of CDs, 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’.