Lewis & Limacher

Jonathan Lewis

Instruments played at a high level of skill: violin, viola, electric violin, greek baglama
Additional instruments: piano, accordion, clarinet, mandolin

Jonathan is a music producer and recording engineer through his company, Moxam Studios. He has recorded many commercial projects, as well as producing his own music for theatre, film, and other commercial clients. Clients include OpenBSD.org, Steve Pineo, Firebelly Theatre, Theatre of the Living Statue, Danielle French, The Rembetika Hipsters, The Plaid Tongued Devils, Iain (Fred) Smith, and others.

As a freelance musician, clients include Russell Broom, Mike Shields, Crystal Plamondon, Danielle French, Steve Pineo, Kaley Kinjo, Iain (Fred) Smith, Chantal Vitalis, and many others.

Special Musical Skills: Improvisation in many styles, including but not limited to jazz manouche, balkan, greek, turkish, country, and western swing. In September 2010, he traveled to Greece to study the traditional music of Greece's most northwestern province, Epirus.

Starting from a very early age, he was instructed in classical violin, viola, and piano, as well as high school studies in clarinet, trumpet, and percussion. Jonathan was a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, 1990 & 1991. His post-secondary education includes two years at Mount Royal University Conservatory, studying viola with Nick Pulos. Since 1993, he has been involved in a number of musical ensembles, including, but not limited to:

The Plaid Tongued Devils (gypsy rock)
The Fedora Club (jazz manouche)
The Rembetika Hipsters (greek traditional)
Klezmerovitz (klezmer)
Red Venus Blue Tango (world)
The Hackamores (western swing/country)

With these bands, Jonathan has performed across Canada in every direction. Additionally, he has toured Western Europe multiple times with The Plaid Tongued Devils, and in Greece with The Rembetika Hipsters. Additionally, The Plaid Tongued Devils and The Rembetika Hipsters have both recorded on several occasions for CBC Radio.

Jonathan also performs frequently as a freelance musician, sometimes solo, and sometimes with other artists.

Film Music Credits:
2010: The Tall Tailor, Xstine Cook
2009: The Greeks of San Andres, Nikos Lebessis (documentary)
2008: Things That go Bump in the Night, Redhanded Films, for BravoFACT
2007: The Ice Climber’s Waltz, Reckseidler Films
2006: Rhoda & the Fantastic Flying Machine, Recksiedler Films; collaboration w. David Rhymer

Selected Music Production Credits:
The Plaid Tongued Devils: Monsteroma, Belladonna
The Rembetika Hipsters: Kafeneion
Danielle French: Shadows
Klezmerovitz: self-titled
The Fedora Club: A Gypsy Jazz Christmas

Selected Commercially Released Recordings (ensembles of which Jonathan is/was a member):
The Plaid Tongued Devils: Monsteroma, Belladonna, In Klezskavania
The Rembetika Hipsters: Kafeneion, Dinner in Polydroso
Klezmerovitz: self-titled
The Fedora Club: A Gypsy Jazz Christmas

Theatrical Credits:
Since 1996, Jonathan has worked in theatre; in composition, sound design, and performance.
September 2014: Composer & Sound Designer, Liberation Days, Theatre Calgary
May 2014: Composer, Twelfth Night, The Shakespeare Company
March 2014: Composer, Legend Has It, Alberta Theatre Projects
October 2013: Sound Designer, The Great Gatsby, Theatre Calgary
September 2013: Musician/Collaborator, Crime Does Not Pay, Alberta Theatre Projects
March 2013: Composer & Sound Designer, The Valley, Alberta Theatre Projects
January 2013, Composer and Sound Designer, Beneath the Ice, Quest Theatre
November – December 2012: Musician, Charlie Brown, Alberta Theatre Projects
September – November 2012: Musician, Next to Normal, Theatre Calgary/The Citadel
June 2012: Musician and Arranger, Songs from Nightingale Alley, with David Rhymer
February 2012: Composer & Sound Designer, ENRON, Theatre Calgary
February 2012: Composer & Sound Designer, For Art’s Sake, Quest Theatre
May 2011: Orchestra member, Little Women, The Citadel Theatre, Edmonton
March 2011: Musical ensemble member, Hunchback (world premiere), Catalyst Theatre
February 2011: Composer & Sound Designer, Shoes of Sand, Quest Theatre
September 2010: Composer & Sound Designer, Big Sister, Little Brother, Quest Theatre
February 2010: Composer & Sound Designer, Nightlight, Quest Theatre
September 2009: Composer & Sound Designer, Jake & the Kid, Theatre Calgary
September 2009: Composer & Sound Designer, Invisible Girl, Quest Theatre
September 2008: Composer & Sound Designer, Bird Brain, Quest Theatre
February 2008: Composer & Sound Designer, The Gift of the Coat, Alberta Theatre Projects
January 2008: Composer & Sound Designer, Our Town, Theatre Calgary
October 2007: Composer & Sound Designer, FLOP!, Quest Theatre
June/July 2007: Co-Composer, Musician, Sound Designer, Blanche, Scorched Earth Project, Banff Centre for the Fine Arts
May 2007: Sound Designer, & Composer, Dragonfly: Episode IV, Theatre of the Living Statues
March 2007: Musician, Co-Arranger, Humanity & No, Persephone Theatre,
December 2005: Musician/Actor, Composer, Sound Designer, Treasure Island, Alberta Theatre Projects
May 2005, February 1998: Co-Composer, Musician, In Klezskavania, One Yellow Rabbit/The Plaid Tongued Devils
February 2005: Sound Designer, Get Away, Alberta Theatre Projects
December 2004: Calgary: Co-Composer, Musician, Pinocchio, The Old Trout Puppet Workshop/Alberta Theatre Projects (also June 2005, National Arts Centre, Ottawa)
March 2003: Co-Composer, Musician, Dream Machine, One Yellow Rabbit (also October 2006: National Arts Centre; March 2005 Theatre Passe Muraille)
November 2002: Composer, Sound Designer, A Streetcar Named Desire, Theatre Calgary
February 2001: Composer, Sound Designer, Death of A Salesman, Theatre Calgary
April 1999 & 1997, and February 1996: Musician, Mata Hari, Tigress at the City Gates, One Yellow Rabbit

Jonathan is also a member in good standing of the American Federation of Musicians Local 547.