Tony Lewis is a percussionist, composer, recording producer, music educator and ethnomusicologist who specialises in contemporary cross-cultural music forms and music for contemporary dance and theatre. He has been a professional musician since 1975, and in that time he has worked broadly across Australia and internationally in a wide variety of musical and cultural contexts.
Throughout his work, he has been committed to the creation of new Australian music that is based in diverse cultural origins, and to active collaboration between music, dance, theatre, and other disciplines of the performing arts. He is based in Sydney, where he performs with the acclaimed "world jazz" trio Waratah, in Waratah's offshoot project Dharawal Dreaming, and in a number of other contexts. He is currently completing a PhD in Ethnomusicology at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney, through research into the garamut (log drum) music of Baluan Island, Manus Province, Papua New Guinea.