"Frontenac and York is an album that’s been keeping me warm during a particularly cool Southern winter. These are intelligent, heartfelt and soulful instrumentals on the mod classical and jazz axis by Englishmen Richard Lewis, evoking an evocative period from his childhood in the late 1970’s. The nine pieces were developed from piano improvisations, sometimes built upon with orchestral sweeps, sweet flutes, staccato violins and location recordings. The music spans melancholic impressionism to bright, song-like structures, rich in images of postcard seasides, natural landscapes and the fuzzy warm glow of distant memories. This is a first class example of eclectic chamber music, nostalgic and intimate yet too enlightened to be sentimental."
Ambient Music Guide
For a time I was trying consciously to compose music that felt like memory. Before that I was attempting to capture music of the subconscious, improvising in the flow state. I began to wonder what happened if you combined the two. While writing music for the spoken word project 30 Walks, I had the opportunity to experiment with this. Focusing on a particularly evocative period from my childhood, I allowed myself to drift off and improvise at the piano. This is what the summer of '78 sounds like to me.
R.L. Bristol 2018.
released July 29, 2018
Richard Lewis, piano, ondes martenot, synthesizers
Marcus Nimant, woodwinds
Pawel Kováč, violin
Lina Gruzska, cello, erhu
Orchestral parts recorded at CNSO Orchestra Studios, Prague