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Bands
The Greg Lyons Nonet
personnel: Greg Lyons, Julian Chan, Cheryl Mah - saxophones/flutes
Eddie Wen, Damon Brown - trumpets/flugelhorns
Francois Godere - trombone
Mac Chew - piano
Andy Peterson - bass
Lewis Pragasam - drums.
This 9-piece is the latest chapter in Greg's development as a writer, somewhere
between the small and large group thing. With the ensemble textures but with the
quartet's freedom....

Based around a format of 3 woodwind, 3 brass and 3 rhythm, it features a wide
variety of textural nuances and incorporates the multi-instrumental abilities of it's
members. It treads a fine balance of dense orchestrated passages with open
improvisational sections.

The writing is Lyons' own, purpose written for this ensemble, utilising more of his
beloved odd-meters and incorporating more Asian elements into the mix than with
previous outings.

The ensemble was recorded earlier this year and a CD should be available soon.
Listen to Nonet samples:
Built To Last - rough mix
Twin Flow - rough mix
The Greg Lyons Quintet
Greg Lyons - saxes
Mei Sheum - keyboards
Christy Smith - bass
Lewis Pragasam - drums
Steve Thornton - percussion
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The quintet - as featured on the  CD "Island to Island" - is an all-star affair, featuring an international line-up of top musical
personalities currently active in the Asian region.

The music is all lyons-penned, with hard-grooving latin jazz undercurrents but with contemporary improvisation at it's
core giving it enormous flexibility and spontaneity.         
The Greg Lyons Quartet
Greg Lyons - saxes
Justin Lim - piano/keyboards
Andy Peterson - acoustic/electric bass
Lewis Pragasam - drums/percussion
This quartet has become one of the top contemporary Ensembles active in the region of
South East Asia. The awareness of each member to the overall group sound and the
stunning interplay have put them in a class of their own.

Whether doing originals, or re-arranged standards or even contemporary world-music
songs, the unifying factor is a strong sense of groove, melodic directness and above all, fun.
The Emergency Break Ensemble
The Lyons/ Savolainen Quartet
Another little supergroup, this time introducing the awesome talents of the Finnish pianist, Jarmo
Savolainen.

A versatile composer and player, Jarmo has recorded a substantial portfolio of small to large
groups enlivened by a resource of musicians from Helsinki to New York including such
luminaries as Dave Liebman, Wallace Roney, Tim Hagens, Rick Margitza, Billy Hart and Ron
Mclure.

Jarmo's dark brooding style of composition contrasts beautifully with the effusive Lyons style to
result in a delicately balanced musical Yin-Yang.

The group is rounded out by the substantial playing talents of Malaysian super-percussionist
Lewis
Pragasam and the American bassist Christy Smith, whose rock-solid bass-lines provide the
perfect counterfoil to Pragasam's incessant polyrhythms.
Biophonics
It's party time. This is the most fun you can have with your clothes on. The Biophonics are a collection of top session musicians
who have the occasional need to just FUNK OUT and get those dance grooves thumping.

Featuring acid-jazz favourites as well as 70's jazz-funk re-visits from the likes of Incognito, Brand New Heavies, Tower of Power,
The  Brecker Brothers, The Average White band, Groove Collective, The Meters and Earth, Wind and Fire, Biophonics are the
perfect band to bring any festival crowd to it's feet.

Their first performances in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore provoked some frenzied responses as they offer an entirely new
experience and extremely broad accessibity, featuring awesome vocal talents, punchy horn arrangements and blistering soloists.
 Guaranteed to set the standard for combined sensual and intellectual stimulation.
Contact Greg at: greg@greglyons.net
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This 19-piece jazz orchestra was originally formed out of the fruits of Lyons' teaching endeavours
to provide an opportunity to explore the sound of the big band for himself as an arranger/composer,
and also foryoung arrangers and performers to get close to something quite rare in the modern age
of virtual orchestration.

Lyons' big-band arranging style, while originally inspired by the larger ensembles run by Jaco Pastorius and the British 80's
phenomenon Loose Tubes, has absorbed elements of the style of contemporary arrangers like Bob Mintzer and Maria
Schneider as well as Latin styles of the bands of Tito Puente and Dizzy Gillespie.  It now focuses primarily on groove based
rhythmic structures with contemporary jazz harmonic and melodic elements in a combination that simultaneously reaches
your feet and head.

This ensemble currently consists of local and international rising stars and has evolved through the love and determination of
all members.
Andy Peterson
Lewis Pragasam
Christy Smith
Mei Sheum
Francois Godere, John Bourque, Bruce Hurn
Jarmo Savolainen