Rob Lewis – Electronic Marimba/Solo Instrumental Music with Live Looping

Rob Lewis

Currently, I perform as a solo instrumental act with mallet synth and loops with the PDX Music Program at Portland International Airport, as well as playing for private parties, Farmers Markets and other events. I have three solo CDs out:  “Stop Loop & Listen,” “Forever Endeavor,” and “A Delightful Misconception.”  These CDs contain a wide variety of musical styles and feature mostly original material, but also include songs by such artists as Henry Mancini, Bela Fleck, and Eric Satie.

Originally from Colorado Springs, Colorado, I am a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston, cum laude, with a degree in Jazz Composition and Arranging. Since moving to the Portland/Vancouver area in 1997, I have performed at most main venues in Portland, including Jimmy Mak’s jazz club, with local notables such as Terry Robb, Johnnie Martin, and 3 Leg Torso.  For several years I played drums for “LiveWire” live radio show at the Aladdin Theater as well as playing in the opening act for Pink Martini, during their 2004 California tour.

Locally I have been on staff at Reed College, Lewis & Clark College, the Oregon Ballet Theater School, accompanying dance classes. I have also been on staff at Marylhurst University, teaching classes in improvisation, and Percussion Techniques to Music Therapy students, leading the student Jazz Ensemble, and giving private lessons on campus.