The Big Apple Trio consists of Dr. Peter Lieuwen, Dr. Wayne Smith, and Brian Lippman. They have performed together for the last 20 years including as the backup band for Bo Diddly and The Drifters.
THE MUSIC OF PETER LIEUWEN has been commissioned, performed, and recorded by orchestras, small ensembles and artists throughout North America and Europe. His symphonic music has been hailed as “an attractive array of shimmering, shuddering sonorities” (The New York Times), “arresting in every single measure” (New York Daily News) and “undeniably ear – catching” (The St. Louis Post-Dispatch). The composer’s music for small ensembles has been described as “slight, dependent on dainty sound effects, and attractive” (The New Yorker), “broad in instrumental palette and highly successful in its handling of balances” (Musical America) and “dramatic, intricate, and incisive” (American Record Guide).
Brian Lippman has been owner and operator of Lippman Music Co. for 26 years. He is one of the most talented, versatile and sought after bass players around. No matter what the genre, he can jump right in and play anything with unmatched skill and groove. He’s the #1 go to guy any time anyone is looking for a bass player and often plays and fills in with many different bands. He’s toured around the world as well as being a well-known fixture in the local music scene.
Wayne Smith has been a drummer / percussionist most of his life. Studying with Gene Krupa in New York City, he developed a special affinity for Jazz and big band music. Performing in Canada and the United States, he attended Interlochen National Music Camp and studied with Professor Heinz at the University of Toronto. Professionally, he worked with John Mills-Cockell and and for many years, worked with the production of sound tracks and recording sessions in Toronto Canada and Los Angeles. More recently, he has enjoys working with the Big Apple Trio.