Bandolim by Jean-Paul Charles
Michael Lampert received his BA in music theory and composition from Drew University, and his Master of Music in Musicology from the New England Conservatory of Music.
He has studied jazz and improvisation with Harry Leahey, John Carter, Dave Pike and Charlie Banacos; his principal instructors on the mandolin have been Ben Buccola, Andy Statman, and Robert Paul Sullivan. He has also studied classical domra with the distinguished artist Iryna Orlova.
Michael has appeared in numerous clubs and concerts throughout the United States, performing with the eclectic fusion band Blue Fish, The Barbara Reed Quartet, singer/songwriter Michele Cummings and the Lenny Carlson Trio, in addition to leading his own duos, trios and quartets. Michael has also appeared with mandolinist and luthier JP Charles in Salvador, Brazil, and recently, with the legendary blues mandolinist and guitarist Rich Del Grosso. He is an adjunct member of the Los Angeles Balalaika Orchestra. His recordings Jacaranda (2001),Blue Gardenia (2005) and Ephemeral (2012) are available on this website.
A jazz and blues specialist, he has also collaborated with the luthier Kevin Schwab on the design of the MLS Signature electric mandolin series, which Michael proudly endorses. Michael also plays a bandolim and an acoustic-electric four-string mandolin by the late Jean Paul Charles of Salvador, Brazil. Michael's domra was built by Shustoff of Moscow. He has played with, among many others, Lucky Lloyd and the Blues Shockers and is a music contributor to Theatre Encino.
Michael Lampert is also active as a teacher and clinician. He has lead jazz and blues workshops at the California Traditional Music Society's Summer Solstice Festival and was previously the jazz and blues improvisation columnist for the international journal, Mandolin Quarterly. In 2007, Michael founded Chime, the Cleveland High School Mandolin Ensemble in Reseda, California.
Michael has contributed music reviews and criticism to many periodicals and newspapers including the Boston Globe, the Glendale News-Press, the Camarillo Daily News the Los Angeles Reader, Archtop Magazine (UK) as well as several others. He has been interviewed by the Mandolin Quarterly, and is featured in the Summer 2007 issue of Mandolin Magazine.