Didier Lockwood

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Didier Lockwood
Didier Lockwood 2014.jpg
Didier Lockwood in October 2014
Background information
Born(1956-02-11)11 February 1956
Calais, France
Died18 February 2018(2018-02-18) (aged 62)
Paris, France
Genres Jazz, progressive rock
Labels JMS, Gramavision, Dreyfus
Website www.didierlockwood.com

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. [1] [2] [3]



In 1979, Lockwood released his first album as a leader, New World, [4] and recorded more than 20 albums. [5] In 1994, he moved to New York City for two years. During that time he recorded two albums, New York Rendez Vous and Storyboard. [6] Lockwood's influences include violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. He started playing electric violin after hearing Ponty on the album King Kong: Jean-Luc Ponty Plays the Music of Frank Zappa . [1] Another important influence was Frenchman Stéphane Grappelli. In 2000, Lockwood recorded a tribute album to Grappelli. [7]


In Magma

As leader

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  2. "Didier Lockwood". Europejazz.net. Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2010.
  3. Haigh, Chris. "Jazz violin". Fiddlingaroundtheworld.co.uk. Retrieved 9 April 2010.
  4. New World review at Allmusic
  5. Discography at Allmusic
  6. "DIDIER_LOCKWOOD" (PDF). 14 September 2016. Archived from the original (PDF) on 14 September 2016. Retrieved 19 August 2016.
  7. Knudsen, Benji. "Jazz and the French Violinist: Stephane Grappelli and Didier Lockwood". The Vermont Review. Retrieved 9 April 2010.