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Michel Lambert

Born to a family synonymous with classical music in his native Quebec, Lambert studied drums and composition at Boston's Berklee College of Music, attended workshops in Paris, and studied privately with saxophonist/composer Dave Liebman in New York and pianist/ composer Misha Mengelberg in Amsterdam. Since his first professional engagement with pianist/composer Milcho Leviev's trio in 1983, he has recorded extensively and performed hroughout Asia, Canada, Europe and the United States.

Accomplished as both a composer and visual artist, excerpts from his first orchestral work, “Le Journal Des Episodes,” were premiered in 1992 by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and his oil paintings earned him a commission from the Canada Council to illustrate a 4-CD compilation of Canadian music to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the United Nations. He appears on more than 50 recordings and has collaborated with musicians including Paul Bley, Gary Burton, Uri Caine, Franois Carrier, Dewey Redman, Bobo Stenson, Kenny Wheeler, Reg Schwager and Jeannette Lambert.

His recording, Out Twice (482 Music) featuring Leviev and bassist Barre Phillips among others, showcased free improvisation based on his artwork. Other recordings as a leader include Unclouded Day, released on Ayler Records and featuring Raoul Bjorkenheim, Mat Maneri and Jeannette Lambert, and a drum duo with Rakalam Bob Moses entitled Meditation on Grace, released on FMR. He is part of the mythic trio, the Maikotron Unit, that performs with invented instruments and has released two critically acclaimed albums, Effugit and Ex-Voto.

His cds, Journal des Episodes I & II, are based around his daily musical diary, and contain nearly 200 tracks for jazz trio challenge our sense of continuity.

Recent projects include composing during an artist residency in Italy with Jeannette Lambert, tours in Europe and Indonesia, new recordings with the various projects of Reg Schwager, Gabriel Lambert, Alain Bédard, and Francois Carrier, and upcoming engagements in New York City. He lives in Montréal, Canada with his wife, vocalist poet Jeannette Lambert and their two sons.

Awards

2011, Francois Marcaurelle Award, Maikotron Unit 2000, Juno Award, with Francois Carrier 1994, Juno Award, with Dave Young


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Album Review

François Carrier/Alexander von Schlippenbach/John Edwards/Michel Lambert: Unwalled

Read "Unwalled" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Don't you love it when a plan comes together? Even if the plan is totally improvised, as is that of Unwalled. The album is the first meeting between Canadian alto saxophonist François Carrier and German-born pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach. The free jazz pioneer Schlippenbach was the founder of the Globe Unity Orchestra back in 1966, and it featured Peter Brötzmann, Peter Kowald, Han Bennink, Derek Bailey, Paul Lovens and Evan Parker, to name just a few of the future legends ...

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JazzLab Orchestra: Loguslabusmuzikus

Read "Loguslabusmuzikus" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi


Jazzlab Orchestra è un medio organico costituito da tre ance e due ottoni in varie combinazioni, più una sezione ritmica con pianoforte. Opera da quasi due decenni nel Quebec (Canada), ha pubblicato sette album, collaborato con jazzmen statunitensi di primo piano (Ted Nash, Seamus Blake, Donny McCaslin, Rufus Reid) e dato svariati concerti in Nord America e in Europa, compresa l'Italia (la Casa del Jazz). La caratteristica principale dell'ottetto è la versatilità: grazie alle ottime doti individuali e ...

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JazzLab Orchestra: Loguslabusmuzikus

Read "Loguslabusmuzikus" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


Jazzlab Orchestra has been a fixture on the jazz scene in Canada for nearly two decades. Their unique heavy sound features six brass and reed players with a relatively standard piano, bass and drum rhythm section, and they've captured that sound on several standalone recordings and presented it on more than 300 concert stages across North America and Europe. The music on Loguslabusmuzikus, nine new pieces written by bassist Auguste Le Prez under the subtitle “The New Experience: ...

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Francois Carrier: Glow

Read "Glow" reviewed by John Eyles


As is true of countless other players, the output of French-Canadian saxophonist Francois Carrier took a nosedive after the arrival of covid-19 and lockdown. Where he had been averaging two album releases a year, Glow is his first release since Japan Suite (NoBusiness) which was released eighteen months before, in May 2020. In addition, Carrier's globe-trotting tours—the source of a steady stream of live albums (his last studio-recorded album having been Being With, released on Leo in 2010, and recorded ...

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Jazzlab Orchestra: Loguslabusmuzikus

Read "Loguslabusmuzikus" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The Jazzlab Orchestra, formed in 2004 and based in Montreal, Canada, lies somewhere short of orchestra-size. It's actually an octet—but don't let that deter you; the unison passages are generally robust and pleasing. Jazzlab does play jazz of a sort, music that may best be described as contemporary cerebral. In other words, this is not akin to the Dave Pell or Marty Paich octets; it's more along the lines of Gunther Schuller, Jan Garbarek or William Russo. But even though ...

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Greg Burk: Sound Neighbors

Read "Sound Neighbors" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Just as they say in real estate, “location, location, location," the same can be said for the piano trio of Greg Burk, bassist Ron Seguin, and drummer Michel Lambert. Recorded in Rome, where the American Burk now makes his home, Sound Neighbors reunites the pianist with the Canadians Seguin (also a resident of Rome) and Lambert, who were last heard on Burk's Many Worlds (482 Music, 2009) with Henry Cook.The music does travel well, meaning that locating the ...

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Michel Lambert: Alom Mola

Read "Alom Mola" reviewed by John Eyles


Michel Lambert is probably best known as a jazz and improvising drummer, most familiar from his recordings with fellow Canadian and saxophonist François Carrier, made since the turn of the millennium. However, there are other sides to Lambert that are not immediately obvious from that work. He has released several albums of his own compositions on the Jazz from Rant label that he founded in the early 90's with his wife Jeanette Lambert and her brother Reg Schwager, the label ...

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“Soufflent ici une évidence et une fluidité remarquables...” Improjazz

“Une distribution des masses digne de Penderecki et des développements orchestraux impromptus...” Jazzman

“Lambert is a remarkable player, fluent but disciplined with a brillant grasp of group dynamics.” The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings

“Rare to hear music of this depth and substance, period.” WEMU, Michigan

“Passionate, uncompromising musicianship...” AMG Expert Review

Primary Instrument

Drums

Location

Montreal

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

Michel teaches jazz drum performance and leads combos at McGill University. He occasionally accepts private students as well.

Clinic/Workshop Information

Michel is available to present clinics on composition, improvisation and jazz drumming. He also does presentations on his work, explaining his symphony writing, improvised music, and visual art.

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Music

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Unwalled

Fundacja Sluchaj
2023

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Openness

Fundacja Sluchaj
2023

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Walk In The Woods -...

Self Produced
2022

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Loguslabusmuzikus

Effendi Records
2021

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Glow

FMR Records
2021

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Late night

Ia (independent Artists)
2021

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Dança do Amor

From: Late night
By Michel Lambert

Recalling the Wanderer

From: Le Passant (The Wanderer)
By Michel Lambert

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