Didier Lockwood

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Didier Lockwood
Didier Lockwood.jpg
Didier Lockwood at JazzFe 2006
Background information
Born (1949-12-31)December 31, 1949
Calais, France
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Violin
Labels JMS, Gramavision, Dreyfus
Associated acts Aldo Romano, Daniel Humair, Surya
Website www.didierlockwood.com

Didier Lockwood (born 11 February 1956 in Calais) is a French jazz violinist. He played in the progressive rock/jazz fusion band Magma in the 1970s and is known for his use of electric amplification and experimentation on different sounds on the electric violin.[1][2][3]

In 1979, he released his first album as a leader, New World,[4] and has recorded more than 20 albums of his own since then.[5]

In 1994, Lockwood moved to New York City for 2 years. During that time he recorded 2 albums "New York Rendez Vous" and "Storyboard" [6]

Lockwood's influences include fusion violinist Jean-Luc Ponty. He took up the electric violin after hearing Ponty play on the album King Kong: Jean-Luc Ponty Plays the Music of Frank Zappa.[1] Another important influence was fellow Frenchman Stéphane Grappelli. In 2000, Lockwood recorded a tribute album to Grappelli.[7]

Selected discography[edit]


with Magma
with Pierre Moerlen's Gong
with ZAO
  • Kawana (1976)[9]
  • Live! (1976)[10]

As sideman[edit]

With Billy Hart



  1. ^ a b "Didier Lockwood at All About Jazz". Archived from the original on 11 February 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  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. ^ ="USA">L, D. "Lockwood moved to NY" (PDF). Didier Lockwood Biography. Retrieved 19 August 2016. 
  7. ^ Knudsen, Benji. "Jazz and the French Violinist: Stephane Grappelli and Didier Lockwood". The Vermont Review. Retrieved 9 April 2010. 
  8. ^ Concert 1976 Opéra de Reims at Discogs
  9. ^ Didier Lockwood > Credits at Allmusic
  10. ^ ZAO: Live! review at Allmusic

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