Michel Lambert: Biography

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Michel Lambert

International Profile
Michel Lambert is the descendant of a virtual dynasty of classical musicians in Quebec. His fascination with drums and composition inspired him to pursue his musical education at Berklee College in Boston, where his professors included John La Porta, Herb Pomeroy, and Greg Hopkins.

He joined the trio of Bulgarian pianist Milcho Leviev in Los Angeles in ‘83. Since '82, many different projects have taken him to Europe, across Canada, the U.S. and Asia, eg. the Pori Jazz Festival, the Berliner Jazztreff, Jakarta International Jazz Festival. He has performed with renowned musicians Marcus Belgrave, Barre Phillips, Pat Labarbera, Julian Priester, Mike Nock, Peter Appleyard, Gene DiNovi, Ted Curson, Charlie Haden, John Zorn, John Tchicai, David Torn, Mick Karn, Art Johnson and fellow Canadians Wray Downes, Oliver Jones, Boris Brott, James Campbell, Alain Trudel and Michel Donato among others.

A resident of Toronto from '87 to '94, he has recorded and performed coast to coast with leading Canadian jazz artists such as David Young, Don Thompson, Sonny Greenwich, Herbie Spanier, Ed Bickert, Skip Beckwith, Don Palmer, Michael Stuart and Reg Schwager.

European Recordingss
A recording artist in Europe with Lonely Universe for CMP Records, Germany / Jimco Japan, the cd project won international acclaim... "adventurous yet contained, always uncompromisingly searching" quoted the New York Review of Records. With Finnish guitar player Raoul Björkheim's Krakatau (Kr Records, Finland, re-issued 1997 for Cuneiform Records U.S.A., 1988 Album of the Year, Readers Poll, Jazzit), a review of "Ritual" in Wire Magazine mentioned " ...a vital and important record..." while "Krakatau Alive" won a nomination for the European Nordic Prize. The live session was the conclusion of a tour that had included venues like the Internationales New Jazz Festival Moers and the Europa Jazz Festival du Mans.

Sound Files
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Michel Lambert, 5ième cycle de 7, rant 9725:
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5ieme cycle de 7National Recording Credits
He has Canadian recording credits which include the Dave Young Trio featuring Gary Burton session,"Inner Urge" on the JustinTime label, 1993 JUNO Award-winning "Fables and Dreams" with the Dave Young / Phil Dwyer Quartet. On the Rant Label, "Dum Praeliarétur", a release from his ground breaking trio, the Maïkotron Unit, was listed as one of 1994 10 best Jazz recordings of the year in Toronto while "L' Escamoteur", also on Rant, won the same trio a nomination for the Québec "Prix de la Culture". Rant has recently released his new album, "5ième cycle de 7" . His discography is extensive and includes albums by Jeannette Lambert, Lonely Universe, Reg Schwager, Jonnie Bakan, Herbie Spanier, Frédéric Alarie, and many others.

Composer of Jazz and Orchestral Works
In '88, he composed his "Journal des Episodes, 366 Episodes pour orchestre symphonique". The 4 volumes also contain 366 drawings and titles. In '92, "Extraits du Journal des Episodes", 33 excerpts from the work received a World Premiere performance at the du Maurier Arts Ltd., New Music Festival in Winnipeg by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (featured on CBC Arts National and Two New Hours). His orchestral works also include "Le Passant, Triptyque pour Orchestre Symphonique". He returned to the WSO New Music Festival in ‘96 to perform music from the highly praised recording "A la plage". He also performed with the Dave Young trio with Orchestra London, contributing some of the compositions and orchestral arrangements.

As a composer and band leader, over 50 of his jazz related compositions have been broadcast nationally. In '94, a live radio program for CBAF, Windsor Jazz Festival, featured his quartet, "Michel Lambert et ses Magiciens du Rythme". The following year, for CBC Jazz sur le vif, he brought his trio to the Festival International du Domaine Forget, in Charlevoix. When his group performed at the Ontario Science Centre for CJRT, the concert was described in the Toronto Star as .."a challenging hour of unusual fare created by a masterly drummer" while the Globe and Mail headlined "Lambert pushes the jazz series to the edge".

Visual Artist
Michel Lambert has spent most of '95 and '96 in France pursuing his work in music and visual arts. He completed "Ex-Voto", a series of 12 oil paintings that, later on, won him a commission (original oil panel paintings) from the Canada Council to illustrate the 4 cd box set, a compilation of Canadian music to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the United Nations.

Recent Projects
In 1998, with a grant from the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, he wrote a series a compositions for jazz orchestra and simultaneously produced a series of large canvases, as the resident of the Studio du Québec in New York City. Since the summer season, he as appeared with various artists at the Bird of Paradise near Detroit, at the EBU-Jazzfestival im ORF Radiokulturhaus in Vienna, the Rencontres C.R.P.L.F. du Festival de Radio France à Montpellier, in Ontario at the Boris Brott Summer Music Festival in Hamilton, the Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound and the Can-Am Jazz Festival in Kingston. Recently, with a grant from the Canada Council, he performed in concert at Isart in Montreal with Jeannette Lambert and Barre Phillips.

Michel Lambert
email: rant@dsuper.net

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