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Michel Lambert (1610 – 29 June 1696) was a French singing master, theorbist and composer.

Lambert was born at Champigny-sur-Veude, France. He received his musical education as an altar boy at the Chapel of Gaston d’Orléans. He studied also with Pierre de Nyert in Paris. Since 1636, he was known as a singing teacher. In 1641, he married singer Gabrielle Dupuis who died suddenly a year later. Their daughter Madeleine became a wife of Jean-Baptiste Lully (in 1662). After his marriage, Lambert’s career became closely linked to his sister-in-law and famous singer Hilaire Dupuy (1625-1709).

In 1651, he appears as a ballet dancer at the Louis XIV court. Beginning in 1656, his reputation as a composer was established and his compositions were regularly printed by Ballard. They consist mainly of airs on the poems of Benserade and Quinault. He was the most prolific composer of tunes in the second half of the seventeenth century. In 1661, he succeeded Jean de Cambefort as a maître de musique de la chambre du roi and kept this position until his death. In 1670, he became Kapellmeister. In that time, Lully was a superintendent of the royal music.

His role as a singing master and composer of dramatic airs contributed to the creation of the French opera. As a singing master, he enjoyed a reputation attested by many testimonies of his time (including singers Anne de La Barre, Pierre Perrin, La Cerf of Viéville). Titon du Tillet mentions concerts given in his house in Puteaux, during which Lambert himself accompanied on theorbo. He also collaborated with Lully in the creation of several ballets (e.g. Ballets des amours déguisez).


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  • Sokratia59

    MICHEL LAMBERT (drummer, composer, arranger) was born October 24, 1959 in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. He is the descendant of a virtual dynasty of classical musicians in Quebec. After studying at the Conservatoire de Musique de Québec, his fascination with drums and composition inspired him to pursue his education at Berklee College in Boston. For a period of three years starting in 1983, he traveled to Los Angeles, Paris, New York, and Amsterdam.

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  • Sokratia59

    Since 1982, several different different projects have taken him from coast-to-coast in Canada, to Europe, Asia, and the United States, appearing at notable festivals including the Berliner Jazztreff, Jazzfest Wien, Jak Jazz in Jakarta, Pori Jazz, l’Europa Jazz Festival du Mans, the Birmingham Jazz Festival, Internationales New Jazz Moers, Tampere Jazz Happening, Jazz Sardigna and many others. He has also recorded in several countries and performed with brilliant artists including Gary Burton, Dewey Redman, Barre Phillips, Paul Bley, Uri Caine, Gary Peacock, Mat Maneri Misha Mengelberg, Milcho Leviev, Sonny Greenwich, and Herbie Spanier.

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  • Sokratia59

    An accomplished composer, in 1998 he wrote his "Journal des Episodes - 366 Episodes pour orchestre symphonique", a work which was performed by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in 1992. As a visual artist, he was commissioned by Canada Council in 1996 to illustrate the packaging of the CD compilation of Canadian music to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the United Nations. In 1998, with a grant from the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec, he was resident of the Studio du Québec in New York City. More recently, with the support of Canadian Foreign Affairs, he toured six European counries to introduce his Out Twice music project featuring Jeannette Lambert and Dave Young.

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  • Sokratia59

    In 2004 he completed the five Double Duets, a series of drum and art duets with Daniel Humair, Han Bennink, Rakalam Bob Moses, Sven Ake Johansson, and John Heward. His latest recording project, Le Passant, features a score for orchestra and improvisers with Dominic Duval, Ellery Eskelin, and Malcolm Goldstein.

    31 May 10:19am Reply

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