Is a guitarist, singer, composer and arranger, specializing in jazz, blues, pop, MPB and classical music. During the nineties, Lambert was the musical director for one of the biggest icons of Bossa Nova in the world, the singer Astrud Gilberto. He and she co-produced her last two CD’s: “Temperance” (1997) and “Jungle” (2002).
MARK LAMBERT released his first CD, “MoreThan Friends” in 1999. Lambert has also performed with Regina Carter, The New York Voices, Bebel Gilberto, Renaissance, Eliane Elias, Dave Douglas, Bob James, Dave Kikoski, Chris Potter, Warren Hill, Meatloaf, Bob Mintzer, Kenny Rankin, Hank Roberts, Michael Rosen, Ben E. King, Jeff Golub, Mike Mainieri, Darlene Love, Little Jimmy Scott, Phoebe Snow and Toninho Horta.
Since 2001 he has been part of the touring band of Ute Lemper, the german cult singer expatriated to NY. With Ute, he has toured extensively in Europe, Japan, Israel, México, Austrália, New Zealand and the United States. He also wrote 10 orchestral arrangements for her that were performed in Europe and at Carnegie Hall (NY) with the grammy award winning, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
His arrangements were also performed by the NDR Orchestra of Germany, Icelandic Filharmonic, Bulgarian Radio Orchestra and the Brooklyn Philharmonic.
In 1997, Lambert performed in Tokyo, at Yomiuriland, as part of the “Forty year anniversay of Bossa Nova” concert, along with Astrud Gilberto, Ivan Lins, Roberto Menescal, Joyce, Carlos Lyra, Leila Pinheiro, Wanda Sá e Daniel e Paulo Jobim.
In 2003, Lambert was asked to be the Musical Director for Ute Lemper’s theatrical piece, Nomade, staged by veteran opera director, Robert Carsen, at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and Le Auditorium in Lyon.
In 2005, he and his band were invited to perform at the Tim Festival do Jazz in Governador Valladares (Minas Gerais) and also at the festival, “Chorando Sem Parar” in São Carlos (São Paulo).
In 2006, he was called twice to be the special guest at the Prosper Jam at the Armazen Digital and also with trumpeter, Márcio Montarroyos at Espaço Bis, both in Rio de Janeiro.
He was a featured vocalist (along with Leni Andrade and Leila Pinheiro) at the Municipal Theatre in Niteroi in a show of original music of the pianist/composer Kiko Continentino.
Also in 2006, he was invited by the producer, Mú Carvalho, to play on the CD of Erasmo Carlos, on a track that featured the legendary, Milton Nascimento.
Also in 2006, Lambert was invited to play and sing with the Vana Trio, led by the New York pianist, Werner “Vana” Gierig, in two festivals in Italy (Firenze and Giaveno).
In 2007, Mark Lambert and his band were featured in three Brazilian festivals: Esch Café Festival in Rio de Janeiro, Savassi Festival in Belo Horizonte and the Baiacool Festival in Belém.
Lambert recently finished his Concerto for Clarinet, Choro Ensemble and Chamber Orchestra which will be premiered in 2009 by the clarinet virtuouso, Paulo Sergio Santos. Lambert has been commisioned by Gianluca Littera to write a Concerto for Harmonica and Orchestra to be premiered in Italy in 2010.
“Under My Skin”, Lambert’s new CD of jazz standards will be released in May of 2009 on the Dutch label, Challenge Records. It is produced by Werner “Vana” Gierig, and features Alvester Garnett, Matthew Parrish and Vinicius Barros.
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