Currently based in a bermuda triangle of London, Lowestoft and Belgrade 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 was also 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 performed all over the UK at folk festivals and arts centres and are featured on the compilation CD ‘Evolving Tradition 3′.
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 studied 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 also led to a recent collaboration with Macedonian singer Tanja Tzarovska. Performance highlights include The Barbican Concert Hall and RichMix London alongside many UK world music festival performances and arts centre appearances.
Adrian is also active in the UK folk scene playing with fantastic English fiddle players Emily Askew and John Dipper in Alma, in contemporary step dance band Stepling with percussive dancer Toby Bennett, and folk band Three Dollar Shoe with the powerful vocals of Ruth Corey from county Tyrone. He has also performed with the Radio 2 folk-award winning singer Bella Hardy and delved into the world of flamenco, playing 12-string guitar and tambura alongside leading British flamenco guitarist and composer Steve Homes. Performance highlights include Sidmouth Folk Week, Whitby Folk Festival, Cecil Sharp House London and Lewes Guitar Festival.
As a pianist Adrian was recently awarded an arts council grant to develop his ‘confluence‘ project which is a realisation of a long term desire to draw together post-impressionist piano improvisations and multi-media visuals. Showcase performances were held at Norwich’s Anteros Arts Foundation and London’s Cello Factory gallery. Other piano collaborations have included working alongside Saxophonist Andy Sheppard and Trumpet player Arve Henriksen with the Norwich- based ‘Wintersongs’ project in the inspiring acoustics of both Anglican and Catholic Catherdrals in Norwich.