Bertram Lehmann [ Germany, USA ]

Berklee College of Music

Based in Boston for three decades, Bertram Lehmann's supple and fluid style of drumming has made him a sought- after player within a multitude of musical contexts in the region and beyond, performing Jazz, Latin, and World music.
In addition to his appearances and/or recordings with acclaimed artists such as Paquito D'Rivera, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman, Anat Cohen, Antonio Sanchez, Romero Lubambo, Danilo Perez, Claudio Roditi, Tiger Okoshi, Oscar Castro-Neves, Eddie Gomez, Kenny Werner, the NDR Bigband and Dave Samuels' Caribbean Jazz Project, he has toured internationally in Russia, India, Bermuda, South Korea, Ecuador, Ghana, Mexico, Turkey, Spain, Israel, Virgin Gorda, and Germany.

Some of the distinguished national and international venues Bertram has performed at include Lincoln Center, Symphony Space, Metropolitan Museum, Brooklyn Academy of Music, National Sawdust, and The Jazz Gallery in New York City; Symphony Hall, The Opera House, Paramount Theater, Boston Globe Jazz Festival, Beantown Jazz Festival, Celebrity Series of Boston, The American Repertory Theater, Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; and many other venues elsewhere, such as the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, 'Jazz Yatra' Festival (Mumbai), the Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Moscow), 'Panafest' (Accra), Chicago World Music Festival, Kumho Art Hall (Seoul), Istanbul Jazz Center and ‘Istanbul Jazz Festival’, 'Savannah On Stage' Festival; The Kennedy Center and The Blues Alley (Washington, D.C.), as well as the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

In the New England Region and beyond, Bertram Lehmann is renowned for his long-standing associations with artists such as Grammy-winning Brazilian vocalist/composer Luciana Souza, Latin-ensemble Mango Blue, Indo-Jazz band Natraj, jazz-diva Rebecca Paris, and South American jazz-vocalist Mili Bermejo’s groups, virtuoso Cuban pianists Tony Perez and Osmany Paredes, and Argentine vocalist Katie Viqueria. More recently he has performed with or appeared on recordings by “DŰNYA” (‘Othello in the Seraglio – an Ottoman Coffeehouse Opera’, DVD forthcoming), Felipe Salles’ Interconnections Ensemble (‘The Lullaby Project’), Imagine 5’s forthcoming debut release, double-neck guitar sensation Ian Ethan (‘Earth Suite’).

He is an Assistant Professor for the Percussion, Ear Training, and Liberal Arts departments at Berklee College of Music, and also teaches at Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. Additionally, Bertram has presented clinics/presentations Longy School of Music, Harvard University, Princeton University, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Boston, Five Towns College, Wellesley College, the University of New Hampshire, SOAS/University of London, Moscow Conservatory, at Dong-Ah Institute of Media and Arts, and Keimyung University in South Korea, at the Universities of Bremen and Oldenburg (Germany), Fundacio l'Aula de Musica (Barcelona), and the 'Centro Cultural' in Quito, Ecuador.

Some of over 50 CD recordings featuring Bertram on drum set and/or hand percussion are by Mehmet Sanlikol and WhatsNext (‘Resolution’ feat. Dave Liebman, Anat Cohen, Antonio Sanchez, ‘Whatsnext’), the Fernando Brandão Group (‘Sem Tradução’), Felipe Salles ('South American Suite', ‘Departure’ feat. Randy Brecker, ‘The Ugandan Suite’ feat. Dave Liebman), Mango Blues ('Immigrant Blues'), Dave Fiuczynski ('Kif Express'), Natraj ('Deccan Dance' ,'Song of the Swan'), Mili Bermejo Quintet ('De Tierra'), Katie Viqueira ('Amores Torcidos'), Wolfgang Torkler Trio (‘Trio’), DŰNYA ('Lale ve Kiliç/The Tulip and the Sword', ‘A Story Of The City: Constantinople – Istanbul’), Julie Lavender (‘Rising – A Modern Cantata For A World to Come’), Numasbala (‘A Ver’), Pablo Ablanedo Octet(o) (‘Recontradoble’), Peter Janson (‘Beautiful Day'), as well as the 'Berklee Herb Pomeroy Tribute Concert', a live-recording featuring Joe Zawinul, Gary Burton, John Abercrombie, among others.

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