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Adrian Lever

Currently based in London, Adrian Lever was guitarist with award winning folk and early music experimentalists Horses Brawl for 8 years, co-writing and releasing three albums and touring all over the UK at festivals and arts centres and performing live on BBC Radio3.

He has also been a member of Appalachian roots band ‘Acaysha‘ for 17 years, recording and releasing two albums with the legendary British pedal steel player B.J. Cole wearing the combined caps of producer and performer. Acaysha have performed all over the UK at major folk festivals and arts centres and are featured on the compilation CD ‘Evolving Tradition 3? .

Adrian has also delved into the world of flamenco, playing 12-string guitar and tambura alongside leading British flamenco guitarist and composer Steve Homes. Performance highlights include Lewes Guitar Festival and the London Pena. He is also a regular on the London Irish music scene providing guitar back-up at traditional sessions and gigs.

Over the last few years Adrian’s obsession with the wonky rhythms of east has taken him on bus trips to Bulgaria to learn tambura (8-string long-necked lute). He studies there with tambura-playing phenomenon Vladimir Vladimirov who has been teaching him the in’s and out’s of traditional ornamentation and improvisation. Since then Adrian has been busy writing Horos (dance tunes) and performing on tambura – the highlight of which has been meeting and collaborating with UK–based Serbian singer and composer Jovana Backovic and becoming part of the ArHai project.

This project has also led to a recent collaboration with London-based Macedonian singer Tanja Tzarovska.

Performance highlights including The Barbican Concert Hall (supporting Yasmin Levy) and RichMix, London as part of the ‘East meets East’ festival 2012.

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