The Darkly Ecstatic Music of M. Lamar

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Sunday, January 19, 2014

M. Lamar (photo: David Garland)

M. Lamar combines the ecstatic mood of spirituals with the dark intensity of downtown punk theater, creating songs that address issues of his African-American heritage, American history, and today's social and gender politics. He accompanies his operatic soprano voice with piano and electronic ambiance, providing beauty, drama, confrontation, and catharsis. M. Lamar's new music event Surveillance Punishment and the Black Psyche will be presented at La Mama this month, and David Garland welcomes M. Lamar to the WNYC Studio to perform, and to talk about that piece and the many topics that inform and inspire his music.

Comments [5]


M. Lamar's music has spoken to me and many like me for years. I'm excited for his latest project and I'm glad that WNYC (and others) have take notice. Keep on rockin the not-so-free world!

Jun. 27 2014 12:11 AM

Don'tcha know Pretentious is an old synonym for
"anyone who ever tried to do ANYTHING."

Piteous old biddies, fare thee better elsewhere.


Jan. 20 2014 12:30 PM
Sada Abe

Clearly, here we have a very well-spoken, well-read artist who has dedicated much time and training to his musical craft. He gives an eloquent explanation of his current work, and the personal experiences and research that got him there. That's not pretension; it's called competence.

Jan. 19 2014 10:24 PM
M. Butterfly from Bovina, NY

So many words, so little said.

Jan. 19 2014 08:23 PM
Brooklyn67 from Brooklyn, NY

"and I enjoy porn....."

I have never loved and hated an interview on SOA more than this!!!
Lamar is fantastically horrific in the level of pretension that ebbs and flows through his punk/goth/metal/operatic veins.

The show has definitely reached a new HIGH/LOW...

Jan. 19 2014 08:18 PM

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