|Born||11 February 1956|
|Died||18 February 2018 62) (aged|
|Genres||Jazz, progressive rock|
|Labels||JMS, Gramavision, Dreyfus|
Didier Lockwood (11 February 1956 – 18 February 2018) was a French jazz violinist. He played in the progressive rock/jazz fusion band Magma in the 1970s, and was known for his use of electric amplification and his experimentation with different sounds on the electric violin.
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