Arthur Lewis is a singer, songwriter, and pianist from Queens whose soulful voice has been heard everywhere from film and television to the Broadway stage, from festivals and conferences around the world to the intimate clubs he loves on New York's Lower East Side. His frequent collaborator Lin-Manuel Miranda has called him "the best songwriter he knows".
To many, he's known as "Arthur the Geniuses", an original member of freestyle rap improv comedy group Freestyle Love Supreme. He's sung and played with FLS from their beginnings in 2003 all the way to their recent Broadway run, gaining the respect of numerous talented musicians along the way — from Alex Lacamoire to Anthony Ramos to Jon Batiste to Josh Groban, who gave him the nickname "Maestro".
To others, he's simply a working musician in NYC, playing whatever role is needed — including keyboardist, session vocalist, percussionist, guitarist, backup singer, musical director, and composer — for countless musicians, comedians, and theatrical performances over the past two decades.
Recently, Arthur has been focusing his energy on a duo with rapper/storyteller Joél Leon, combining Joél's original hip-hop and Arthur's indie soul songs with improvisation, and using the songs as springboards to create new powerful moments with the audience, with an emphasis on spontaneous melody, open space, and healing.
He's self-produced two solo EPs, If We Were, and Demos From Another Life, and he continues to spend time in the studio as a vocalist, keyboardist, and producer, working with artists from Broadway's James Monroe Iglehart to rapper Immortal Technique.
He tends to be a bit camera-shy, but if you look closely, you can spot him wearing a spectacular denim vest in Across The Universe.
I specialize in building tools for musicians. For the past couple years, I've been helping out at Soundfly, a new kind of music school for today's musician.
For the nerds, the part I'm proudest of is my custom media aggregator, which pulls tracks from Bandcamp and Soundcloud, and combines them all in one nice compact player, beautifully styled by Bryan. I plan to release the backend code as a Ruby gem sometime soon.