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Lambert

(DE)

Since 2000, we’ve been living in a post-apocalyptic world. An apocalypse which, admittedly, never took place. No worldwide system crash, no extra-terrestrial takeover, no enormous meteorite. The sun didn’t fall from the sky. Your favourite trousers didn’t even rip. None of this means, however, that our fear of the world ending has gone. In fact, quite the opposite.

People are more afraid than ever of other people and how they spend their days.

And of course, there’s Mother Nature. No-one ever knows what she’s up to. Apart from the cosmic radiation going on in the background.

Needless to say, as a pianist, approaching such heavy topics is quite difficult. The soul knows no difference between a tiger attack, an angry email from the bank or a stupid look from your neighbour.
If people feel threatened, it usually comes from a place of fear. And what is frightening people today is becoming more and more abstract, leading to an even blurrier fear of life.

Through the 12 very personal compositions that make up “Sweet Apocalypse,” Lambert faces up to these fears that have long been haunting people and that will continue to haunt people for many years to come.
At times he provides solace, at others he strokes the cat we call melancholy. From among the fear he elicits a larger-than-life pathos and allows us to unexpectedly hover above reality.

Lambert’s third album – his first for London-based label Mercury KX – once again proves the masked pianist can capture the complete emotional rollercoaster of life with enormous ease.
His flair for melodies both big and small is extraordinary.

Throughout the album, it feels like the exceptionally-talented Lambert will never run out of these delicate melodies, despite his horned, bullish appearance. Sure, this is down to his Sardinian carnival mask, which leaves him looking like the beast from the world-famous French fairy tale. Then again, you should never judge a book by its cover.

Time and again, fans and media get curious about the man behind the mask. But secretly, they don’t want the mask to ever come off so bit by bit, note by note, they can overcome their fear of his somewhat creepy appearance. Only this way can we face up to the beast within us all, the one that lives beneath the hard asphalt and concrete crust in a dark corner. Only then can we learn to love it as it is.

To accompany the pieces, Berlin-based artist Moki has created an associative, surreal world of images, a world of Pierre Pairault (“The Wild Planet”), Maurice Sendak (“Where the Wild Things Are”) and dystopian wall calendars of the 80s, so you can quite literally come face to face with the unusual whilst listening.

Moki was involved in the early development process of the album. She listened to the first drafts of the songs and painted them. Lambert dropped into her studio and, inspired by her images, added small details to his recordings; a chorus voice here, an echo effect there. He even composed a complete wind set.

So, in the end “Sweet Apocalypse” became a wonderful synthesis of many individual pieces of art. And as we listen, we wait with fear for what we know in our heart of hearts. That once the last piece is finished, we must simply start again from the beginning. Yes, tomorrow is another day. That was the case yesterday at least.

Tour Dates

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Past Dates
Date City Venue
08.01.16
DE - Dresden Scheune
09.01.16
DE - Erfurt Franz Mehlhose
10.01.16
DE - München Ampere
12.01.16
DE - Nürnberg Neues Museum
13.01.16
DE - Saarbrücken Theater Im Viertel
14.01.16
DE - Karlsruhe Jubez
15.01.16
DE - Stuttgart Merlin
16.01.16
DE - Wiesbaden Hessisches Landesmuseum
17.01.16
CH - Zürich Exil
20.01.16
UK - London Servant Jazz Quarters
21.01.16
UK - Leicester Bishop Street Church
22.01.16
IE - Dublin Unitarian Church
23.01.16
DE - Hof Kampschultes Kulturkantine
24.01.16
DE - Köln Stadtgarten
25.01.16
DE - Duisburg Steinbruch
11.03.16
DK - Copenhagen Kayak Republic
23.04.16
DE - Bremen Jazzahead Festival
26.04.16
EE - Tallinn Vaba Lava
17.07.16
UK - Southwold Latitude Festival
19.08.16
DE - Lichterfeld Artlake Festival
20.08.16
DE - Hamburg Dockville Festival
02.09.16
AT - Bregenzerwald Sägemühle
14.09.16
GR - Thessaloniki Reworks Festival
12.10.16
FR - Paris MaMA Festival
28.10.16
DE - Bremen Kito
29.10.16
DE - Lüneburg Salon Hansen
30.10.16
DE - Kassel Weinkirche
31.10.16
DE - Leipzig Horns Erben
01.11.16
DE - Erlangen E-Werk
02.11.16
DE - Düsseldorf Christuskirche
03.11.16
DE - Bielefeld Bunker Ulmenwall
25.11.16
NL - Leuwaarden Explore The North Festival
26.11.16
TR - Istanbul Borusan Sanat
18.03.17
FR - Niort Nouvelle(s) Scène(s)
28.03.17
LU - Luxemburg Rotondes
29.03.17
BE - Leuven 30CC
30.03.17
BE - Turnhout de Warande
31.03.17
BE - Roeslare de Spil
01.04.17
BE - Hasselt CCHA
02.04.17
NL - Utrecht De Helling
12.05.17
IE - Dublin Dlight Studios
18.05.17
DE - Hamburg Resonanzraum
19.05.17
NL - Amsterdam Tolhuistuin
20.05.17
DE - Berlin Silent Green
22.05.17
UK - London Vortex
25.05.17
AT - Wien Porgy & Bess
26.05.17
AT - Innsbruck Treibhaus (Theatersaal)
09.07.17
DE - Bielefeld Sonnenaufgangskonzert auf der Sparrenburg
04.08.17 -
05.08.17
DE - Neukirchen Skandalös Festival
22.09.17
DE - Jena Trafo
23.09.17
DE - Dresden Tonne
24.09.17
DE - Leipzig Neues Schauspiel
25.09.17
DE - Nürnberg Neues Museum
26.09.17
CH - Zürich Exil
27.09.17
DE - Ludwigsburg Scala
28.09.17
DE - Wiesbaden Hessisches Landesmuseum
Upcoming Dates
Date City Venue
27.10.17
DE - München Manic Street Parade
28.10.17
DE - Bochum Rotunde
04.11.17
RU - Moskau Cultural Center DOM
05.11.17
RU - St. Petersburg Lendok
15.11.17
DE - Köln Kulturkirche
16.11.17
DE - Wuppertal Die Börse
17.11.17
DE - Bielefeld Bunker Ulmenwall
18.11.17
FR - Paris Les Trois Baudets
22.11.17
DE - Berlin Funkhaus
24.11.17
NL - Amsterdam Vondelkerk
30.11.17
UK - London St. Pancras Church
01.12.17
GR - Athen Plissken Festival
22.12.17
DE - Lübeck Kulturwerft Gollan
23.12.17
DE - Hamburg Elbphilharmonie

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