Afterglow Festival

M. Lamar

August 4th, 2016  |  Published in Artists

M. Lamar is a composer, video and installation artist who works across
opera, metal, performance, video, and sculpture to craft sprawling
narratives of radical racial and sexual becomings and emancipations. Mr.
Lamar is a self described Negrogothic devil worshipping free black man
in the blues tradition. Lamar holds a BFA from The San Francisco Art
Institute and attended the Yale School of Art sculpture program, before
dropping out to pursue music. Lamar’s work has been presented
internationally, most recently at USC Los Angeles, One Archive Los
Angeles, Merkin Concert Hall New York, Abron Art Center, The Lab
San Francisco, The Great Hall at Cooper Union, New York, PS1’s
Greater New York, Issue Project Room, Human Resources Los Angeles,
Walter and McBean Galleries at the San Francisco Art Institute,
Participant Inc., New York; New Museum, New York; Södra Teatern,
Stockholm;Warehouse9, Copenhagen;WWDIS Fest, Gothenburg and
Stockholm;The International Theater Festival, Donzdorf, Germany;
Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, New York; LaMaMa and The African
American Art & Culture Complex, San Francisco; among others.
Mr. Lamar continues to study classical and bel canto vocal technique
with Ira Siff, and is a recipient of grants from the Rema Hort Mann
Foundation (2015), Harpo Foundation (2014-2015), and Franklin
Furnace Fund (2013–14).
“Mr. Lamar plumbs the depths of all-American trauma with visionary
verve.” – The New York Times
“Through his music, he has commented on the legacies of slavery, Jim
Crow, slave ships, and lynching.”
– Vice Magazine
“M. Lamar, performs songs that are a cross stylistically between operatic
excess, old-fashioned Negro spirituals and demonic possession.”
– Ottawa Citizen
“NEGROGOTHIC is a tactile, visual, and auditory explosion of important
ideas that are usually left to society’s margins.”
– San Francisco Weekly
“Lamar’s goth-postpunk-diva affect is fused with his operatic style to
create a mélange that cannot be named.”
– KQED
“When talking about his art, Lamar is an intellectual powerhouse, but
his work is informed by that thinking — not constrained by it. It is as
emotional as it is thoughtful.”
– Out Magazine
“[H]e deconstructs the persona of the diva even as he wraps himself in
divalike hauteur.” – Hilton Als,The New Yorker