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Originally from Lewisham, south-east london, William Rodway moved to Southend-on-Sea at age 11, where he would spend the next 8 years. It was during this period that he started piano lessons, progressing quickly from basic melodies to improvising over jazz standards within a year. His love of improvised and jazz piano reached a new peak when he discovered the Koln Concert by Keith Jarrett, an album that set a new standard of playing and melodic thought that Will relished in. Will has since moved back to London when not at University.
Adam Westcott started playing the guitar after an inspired trip to Spain. His flamenco techniques quickly developed, and with the influence of Juan Martin and Paco de Lucia, he has created an instantly recognisable and personal style.
After playing a 15 minute slot on local radio, Westcott and Rodway had touched the hearts and souls of the listeners, and came to no surprise that all 220 seats at Exeter's Phoneix centre were sold out when Westcott and Rodway played in June.
The show was a massive success and the message board on the Devon website was flooded by audience members saying how brilliant the show was:
Lucy - Exeter "After seeing Westcott and Rodway perform in Exeter I must commend them not only on producing such an exciting new blend of vibrant music, but also on their skill and ability to convey it to a very mixed audience. With talent like this coming through, the U.K. music industry will continue to lead the world for another generation."
Their first show in London took place at Pizza on the Park in Kensington last summer, and was also a massive success: "My friends and I were dining at Pizza on the Park, Knightsbridge, when I heard a live duo (Westcott and Rodway) I became totally immersed in their music, whilst they were performing. My friends were similarly absorbed. The music was different to the usual and for an impromptu night out, it was exhilarating. What we cannot understand is why we had not heard of Westcott and Rodway before as they are truly outstanding musicians with a remarkable sound."
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