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Short Biography

Kirsten Lamb is a double bassist and vocalist originally from northern New Jersey. Praised by the Huffington Post as a “brilliant young musician” and the Boston Globe for her “versatility and assurance,” she has performed extensively throughout the United States and internationally playing folk, jazz, classical, and contemporary music.
 

Medium Biography

Kirsten Lamb is a double bassist and vocalist originally from northern New Jersey. Praised by the Huffington Post as a “brilliant young musician” and the Boston Globe for her “versatility and assurance,” she has performed extensively throughout the United States and internationally playing folk, jazz, classical, and contemporary music.

Kirsten graduated from Oberlin Conservatory in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music in double bass and Ethnomusicology. She studied with bassists Thomas Sperl and Peter Dominguez, sitarist Hasu Patel, and viola da gambist Catharina Meints, and developed a unique style of solo performance.

Kirsten holds a Master of Music Degree in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory, where she studied with Cecil McBee, Dominique Eade, Hankus Netsky, and Anthony Coleman. While at NEC, she debuted several original solo works in Jordan Hall, played for Elvis Costello, performed in John Zorn’s 35-year retrospective, and actively participated in NEC’s community outreach program. Upon graduation in 2015, Kirsten was awarded the Gunther Schuller Medal for “extraordinary contributions to the life of New England Conservatory.”

Kirsten regularly performs all over the United States and occasionally around the world. She has performed as a soloist and with ensembles in venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kimmel Center, The Kennedy Center, Blue Note Jazz Club, The Massachusetts State House, The Museum of Fine Arts, and The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

An avid teacher, Kirsten maintains a private studio, a weekly residency with Young Audiences of Massachusetts, and is a frequent guest teaching artist at schools throughout Greater Boston.

Kirsten is currently working on a full-length CD featuring original solo and ensemble compositions. For more information, visit www.kirstenlambmusic.com.
 

Long Biography

Born into a musical family in northern New Jersey, Kirsten Lamb grew up surrounded by a wide variety of music and musicians. A multi-instrumentalist from an early age, Kirsten played piano, violin, and guitar before starting the double bass at age thirteen. She quickly shifted focus to the bass because its versatility matched her growing curiosity for different styles of music.

Kirsten continued her studies of the double bass at the Oberlin Conservatory in Oberlin, OH under the tutelage of Thomas Sperl, of the Cleveland Orchestra, and Peter Dominguez, Professor of Jazz Studies and Double Bass. She explored the field of Ethnomusicology though classes, ensembles, and private lessons, studying Indian classical music with sitarist Hasu Patel, hand drums and percussion with Jamey Haddad, and participating in the Oberlin Kora Ensemble directed by Roderic Knight. She additionally began playing viola da gamba and studied with Catharina Meints.

Kirsten participated in the Oberlin Orchestras, the Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, the Oberlin Baroque Ensemble, as well as being a frequent member of smaller folk and jazz ensembles. While at Oberlin, Kirsten was encouraged to sing while playing, which led to the development of her unique style of solo performance.

After graduating from Oberlin in 2009, Kirsten moved to Boston, MA, where she quickly became well-known in the folk, bluegrass, international and jazz scenes around New England. In 2012, she traveled to Amsterdam with Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band to perform at the International Jewish Music Festival, where they won the Audience Choice Award, the City Winery Prize for Best Klezmer Ensemble, and Kirsten was publicly acknowledged by the festival judges for her performance.

In 2013, Kirsten began a Master of Music Degree in Contemporary Improvisation at the New England Conservatory. There she studied double bass and voice with Cecil McBee, Dominique Eade, Hankus Netsky, Carla Kihlstedt, and Anthony Coleman. Highlights from her time at NEC include debuting several original solo works in Jordan Hall, playing an original song at a workshop with Elvis Costello and receiving rave reviews from both Costello and the Huffington Post, earning praise from the Boston Globe for her “versatility and assurance” in John Zorn’s 35-year retrospective concert, and actively participating in NEC’s community outreach program. Upon her graduation in May 2015, Kirsten was awarded the Gunther Schuller Medal for “extraordinary contributions to the life of New England Conservatory.”

Kirsten regularly performs and records on double bass, banjo, viola da gamba, and voice all over the United States and occasionally around the world. She has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kimmel Center, The Kennedy Center, Het Compagnietheater, The Ottawa Folk Festival, Blue Note Jazz Club, The Massachusetts State House, The Museum of Fine Arts, and The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. An active member of Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band, Cold Chocolate, Klezperanto, Mierlita, and the Alfaia Quartet, Kirsten has also shared a stage with David Grisman, Theodore Bikel, Gil Scott-Heron’s Midnight Band, and the Klezmer Conservatory Band, among others. Also an avid teacher, Kirsten maintains a private studio, a teaching residency with Young Audiences of Massachusetts serving the three Early Education Centers of Horizons for Homeless Children, and is a frequent guest teaching artist at schools all over Greater Boston.

Kirsten is currently working on a debut full-length CD of original music featuring solo and ensemble compositions.For information about upcoming performance and other news, please visit www.kirstenlambmusic.com.
 

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(photo credit: Dennis Aumiller)
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(photo credit: Tim Lehman)
 
 

Contact Information

Any questions or requests for CDs, concert tickets, or interviews can be directed to:

Kirsten Lamb
kirstlamb@gmail.com
973-229-0296
www.kirstenlambmusic.com