Alexis C. Lamb (b. 1993) is a composer, percussionist, and educator who is interested in fostering communities of mindful 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 has received multiple commissions and has collaborated with various ensembles, including percussionist Evan Chapman, Percussia, Zeitgeist, and the Northern Illinois University World Steelband. Her music has been performed throughout the United States, Brazil, and South Africa. Other current compositional projects include commissions for the Arizona State University Symphony Orchestra and a solo for percussion with steel pan, as well as a trio for hammered dulcimer, guitar, and cello.
As a percussionist, Lamb is a core member of Projeto Arcomusical, the berimbau ensemble associated with Arcomusical. Her performance with the berimbau has been hailed as “riveting visually as well as sonically” (Centerline).
As an educator, Lamb was the 6-12th grade band director for Meridian CUSD 223 in Stillman Valley, Illinois for two years. She received the “Recognition of Service” award at the Meridian 223 School Board Meeting in August 2017 and “Teacher of the Week” from Channel 13-WREX News in Rockford, IL in December 2017. Lamb also teaches private lessons for guitar, bass, percussion, and composition. She was the interim percussion instructor for the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra in spring 2016 and created a week-long percussion camp at NIU for 4-12th grade students of varying abilities that has now grown into a faculty-led camp through the NIU Percussion and Steel Pan Studios.
Lamb is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Composition at Yale School of Music. 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 Hannah Lash, 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.