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Michel Lambert 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, where his professors included  John La Porta, Herb Pomeroy, and Greg Hopkins. Later on, he travelled to Los Angeles in ‘83, Paris, New York and Amsterdam the following three years.

Since ‘82, different projects have taken  him to Europe, across Canada, the U.S. and Asia, at different festivals like the Berliner Jazztreff, Jazzfest Wien, Jak Jazz in Jakarta, Pori Jazz, l’Europa Jazz Festival du Mans, Birmingham Jazz Festival, Internationales New Jazz  Moers, North Sea Jazz, Bermingham, Jazzmandu Nepal, Tampere Jazz Happening, Jazz Sardigna, Civitavecchia in Festival, JVC Paris, Nancy Jazz Pulsations, Caltanissetta in Sicily, Jazz at Lincoln Center and many others. He has recorded in several countries and performed with such artists as Gary Burton, Dewey Redman, Barre Phillips, Paul Bley, Uri Caine, Bobo Stenson, Gary Peacock, Tomasz Stanko, Mat Maneri, Misha Mengelberg, Milcho Leviev, Bobby Few, Raoul Björkenheim, Jean Jacques Avenel, Sonny Greenwich, Don Thompson, Dave Young or Herbie Spanier.

He currently works with Jeannette Lambert, Reg Schwager, the Maikotron Unit, the Auguste Quartet, Many Worlds, Vincent Gagnon, François Carrier, and several bands under his own leadership. His recording“Le Passant features a written score for a 12 piece orchestra confronted with the improvisers, Dominic Duval, Ellery Eskelin and Malcolm Goldstein.  He performs with Alexandre Grogg and Guillaume Bouchard on his newest project, Journal des Episodes.

Critics have described some of his projects as, “Adventurous yet contained, always uncompromisingly searching", " ...a vital and important record...", “...This is art at a very high level”,  "...a challenging hour of unusual fare created by a masterly drummer" or “Rare to hear music of this depth and substance, period”.

An accomplished composer, he wrote  his "Journal des Episodes, 366 Episodes pour  orchestre symphonique" in 1988 and it was performed by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra in 1992. As a visual artist, he was commissionned by the Canada Council to illustrate the cd box set, a compilation of Canadian music to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the United Nations in 1996. He has been the resident of the Studio du Québec in New York City and the Studio du Québec in Paris thanks to the support of the CALQ. In 2004 he completed the 5 Double Duets, a series of drums and art duets with Daniel Humair, Han Bennink, Rakalam Bob Moses, Sven Ake Johansson and John Heward. He performed alongside Japanese ceramic artist Shozo Michikawa in Quebec City. He brought his music Out Twice through Europe two years in a row. He performed and gave workshops in Bali, Indonesia, with vocalist and poet Jeannette Lambert.  Together with Reg Schwager their record label, Jazz from Rant, has been documenting their music since 1991. 

He teaches jazz drum performance at McGill University.

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