Lambert; Credit: neimënster

The Abbaye de Neumünster (neimënster) has announced two upcoming concerts as part of the “Forward” series.

Contemporary jazz has opened up to multiple kinds of external influences by integrating electro, hip-hop and even world music (r'n'b, hip-hop and urban music).

The first concert, “Skalpel” will take place on Tuesday 17 October 2023 at 20:00 in the Robert Krieps room. The Polish band’s first album, simply titled “Skalpel” begins with “gently funk drums, surrounded by some heady percussion” and continues with a “jazzy loop”. Marcin Cichy and Igor Pudlo, the two musicians behind Skalpel, pay homage to the jazz music of their country. The band produced Konfusion (2005), 60s and 70s-style jazz experiments and Transit (2014), on which they used sampled loops and virtual instruments. Spotted by DJ Vadim during his tours across Europe, Skalpel broke through in his own country by nominating them for the Paszporty Polityki, the local Victoires de la Musique. He is performing in Neimënster as part of CinEast, the Central and Eastern European Film Festival. Tickets cost €15, €9 (reduced fee) and €1.50 (Kulturpass).

The second upcoming concert, “Lambert”, is set to take place on Friday 17 November 2023 at 20:00 in the Robert Krieps room. Lambert, an enigmatic star of Europe's neoclassical scene, chose to omit his surname, hidden behind a Sardinian horned mask. It all started in 2014 when videos of a masked man playing chords on the concrete of a ruined city in Sardinia appeared on the web. The Sardinian mask has not left him since. “The mask is an aesthetic tool,” said Lambert. “I wanted to create a world around Lambert that goes against the stereotypes of piano music – like romantic candlelight, for example – and still combines well with the music. This idea of a character coming from another world has always appealed to me.” Dubbed by Ólafur Arnalds, José González, Deichkind and Moderat, Lambert said he loves Chopin as much as Vampire Weekend. He grew up in northern Germany and began taking piano lessons around the age of four or five. Attracted by the drums, he played in punk and funk groups as a teenager, before focusing on the piano and passing the conservatory. Tickets cost €22, €9 (reduced fee) and €1.50 (Kulturpass).