Lowertown Listening Session
Music of Alexis Lamb
Oct. 11, 2018
6 p.m. music
5:30 p.m. doors open
Studio Z: 275 East Fourth Street, Suite 200, St. Paul
Join Zeitgeist and composer Alexis Lamb for a performance and discussion of her new composition for Zeitgeist. The North Star by Alexis Lamb serves as a historical and cultural tour of Minnesota’s main industries: logging, mining/shipping, agriculture, and manufacturing/technology. Inspired by traditional folk music, cultural records, state anthems, and binary and Morse codes, this work celebrates Minnesota and its important contributions to the United States, past and present.
Lowertown Listening Sessions invite curious listeners to enjoy adventurous sounds and insightful conversation with the music-makers of our time. Held at Studio Z, Zeitgeist’s performance space in Lowertown St. Paul, this monthly happy hour series brings guest artists from all genres of new music (jazz, classical, world music, folk, and more) for performances and informal discussion in an after-work setting with food and beverages from Lowertown eateries.
Alexis C. Lamb (b. 1993) is a composer, percussionist, and educator who is interested in fostering communities of positive and genuine music-making. She is the Education and Publications Director for Arcomusical, a non-profit organization that advocates for the artistic advancement of the Afro-Brazilian berimbau and related musical bows (www.arcomusical.com). Arcomusical’s first album, MeiaMeia, made the ballot round for 2018 Grammy consideration. It is released on Innova Recordings and can be found here.
Lamb was a recipient of the 2018 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Award for Meia, her solo-through-sextet song cycle for berimbau. Lamb’s research on the history and traditional use of the berimbau in Brazil earned her a first place prize at the Northern Illinois University Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day in 2013. Lamb also received the Undergraduate Special Opportunities in Artistry and Research (USOAR) Grant and the Honors Enhance Your Education (EYE) Grant for her work with the berimbau.
Lamb will begin a Master of Music in Composition at Yale University in fall 2018. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with two Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Education and Percussion Performance from Northern Illinois University. Her major teachers include Gregory Beyer, Michael Mixtacki, Robert Chappell, David Maki, Brian Penkrot, and Lauren Ryals. When not working on music, she can be found playing board games at an overly competitive level, teaching her two cats new tricks, or making walrus tusks out of food/utensils. Her superpower is driving long distances without getting tired.
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