Begun as an experiment to figure out just how much can be done with simply an upright bass and vocals, Kirsten performs a variety of original songs and unique arrangements of covers. She has performed solo all over the country, including venues such as the Massachusetts State House and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, and The Stone in New York City.
Ezekiel’s Wheels Klezmer Band
Internationally-recognized klezmer ensemble Ezekiel’s Wheels brings passion, virtuosity, and contagious energy to every performance. The Wheels improvise with the intimacy of chamber music and the intensity of a rowdy dance band. They are equally at home on the stage of the International Jewish Music Festival, where judges heralded them as “a true musical democracy,” as in the classroom, where sixth-grade student Jonathan raised his hand to tell them, “Y’all got swag.” Ezekiel’s Wheels features Nathaniel Seelen (clarinet), Jonathan Cannon and Abigale Reisman (violins), Pete Fanelli (trombone), and Kirsten Lamb (upright bass). They perform regularly across New England, occasionally around the United States, and every-so-often around the world.
With original tunes and technical prowess, Cold Chocolate is creating an exciting and unique new sound in the world of Americana. Featuring Ethan Robbins (guitar, vocals), Kirsten Lamb (upright bass, vocals), and Ariel Bernstein (drums, vocals), Cold Chocolate generates a powerful and unique acoustic sound and has performed at numerous prominent festivals including Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, FloydFest, FreshGrass Festival, and the Ossipee Valley Music Festival.
Founded in 2014 as New England Conservatory’s “Wild Card” Honors Ensemble, Alfaia explores the meeting points between Middle Eastern, North and South American music through traditional performance practices, original composition, and contemporary approaches to instrumental techniques and improvisation. These five diverse musicians represent Syria, Palestine, Brazil, and the United States and have each performed extensively all over the globe. Drawing on international musical influences, the award-winning ensemble works together to create musical diplomacy, engaging audiences with a fusion of Middle Eastern melodies, Brazilian rhythms, and jazz harmony. The Alfaia Quartet is comprised of Kenan Adnawi (oud), Henrique Eisenmann (piano), Gustavo D’Amico (saxophone), Kirsten Lamb (upright bass), and Tareq Rantisi (percussion).
Mierlita plays rich, swingy, highly-ornamented Romanian music in the Roma (“Gypsy”) style. Intricate melodies and harmonies intertwine with an infectious jazz rhythm section to provide the core of this virtuosic quartet’s sound. Fiddlers Jon Cannon and Abigale Reisman, both students of Lautari master violinist Marin Bunea, bring a contemporary perspective to a full traditional repertoire alongside guitarist Sasha Kern and upright bassist Kirsten Lamb.
With solid klezmer roots, spectacular technical virtuosity, and a wry sense of humor, Ilene Stahl and an all-star line-up of Boston’s best musicians re-groove traditional klezmer and Mediterranean melodies, rip up Romanian surf tunes, cover cop show themes and cumbias, slay a few standards, and burnish it all to a funky finish. Since 1999, the six-piece instrumental band has delivered irresistible dance music from everywhere except your cousin’s bar mitzvah.
Additional groups and musicians Kirsten has performed with:
Gil Scott-Heron’s Midnight Band
Klezmer Conservatory Band
Juventas New Music Ensemble
Harvard Early Music Society
Kristen Ford Band
Garlic & Moonshine
Bottom of the Well
New England Conservatory Contemporary Improvisation Ensembles
New England Conservatory Small Jazz Ensembles
Oberlin Conservatory Orchestra, Contemporary Music Ensemble, and Baroque Ensemble
Oberlin Mandinka Ensemble