Toggle Menu

A vast and varied musical journey

Recording artist, singer and composer Martha Demetri-Lewis continues on a vast and varied musical journey which marries the urban blues of Athens in the 1920's 'Rembetika' with urban London. Martha D Lewis has recently presented and was a singer in the documentary film entitled 'My Sweet Canary' by the award-winning Isreali director Roy Sher. Martha's new recording and performing venture- inspired by the making of the film and Martha's musical background as a composer- provides a stimulating new contribution to the margins and borders of World music. Courageous interpretation and arrangements of music from 20's-50's, the meeting and melting pot of Eastern Mediterrenean music and new jazz infused compositions, Martha D Lewis' project drives a spirited, high powered ensemble of top class musicians from the Jazz and World music stage to communicate her vision.

Biography (in brief)

Performing and Recording artist in Jazz and World Music
Multi - instrumentalist / session musician (vocals, guitar, percussion)
International touring and ‘Live’ TV and Radio experience.
Presenter and featured singer in a 2011 globally released feature film documentary about The Greek Blues, My Sweet Canary.
Presenter of a BBC documentary about The Greek Blues
Director of Independent record label 'Budd' since 1995.
Discography includes:
    4 CD album releases
    a club single
    a DVD ‘Live’ at The Hackney Empire’
Composer and Songwriter (popular music) with a catalogue of some 70 songs and works broadcasted on TV, Film and Radio.
Martha has received numerous commissions for compositions including from London Arts Board, the Arts Council, PRS foundation.
Educator in Performance and Vocal Skills

Background

A recording and performing artist of stature, Martha's career was launched in the much acclaimed award winning music-comedy duo 'Donna & Kebab' in the early 90's. This long term creative partnership with singer musician actress Eve Polycarpou rapidly accumulated TV,Radio and theatre credits nationally and Europe wide.

In 1995, renamed 'Martha and Eve , the duo focussed their attention on their prolific songwriting skills and have recorded 3 albums, a club single and a DVD of their show 'Live at the Hackney Empire'.

Martha's solo project 'Cafe Aman' launched in 1999, began her journey as a composer with a focussed look at her developing vocal style as a British vocalist and the music of her parent culture.

A music degree graduate B.A.(Hons), Martha has received numerous commissions for music work including works from the Arts Council, PRS foundation, London Arts Board, music festivals, a short film, theatre plays, title and incidental music for documentaries.

Concerts and Festivals played numerous times include: Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Jazz Cafe , Royal Academy of the Arts,Glastonbury Festival,London Jazz Festival, Reading Festival Brighton Festival,Bath Jazz Festival, Small Nations, Brighton Fringe,City of London Festivals, Thames Festivals,Cheltenham Festival, Latitude Festival, Chichester Festival.

Industry Awards

Best Newcomer - Time Out Award

Best of New 2007 New Releases - BBC Radio London

Life Time Achievement Award - London Radio