Alethea Lamb is a professional clarinetist and saxophonist. She is known for her diversity of musical styles, namely Jazz, Funk, World and Classical. Her sunny demeanor, rich and warm tone inspires and uplifts both her listeners and fellow musicians alike.
Alethea earned her Bachelor’s degree in Music at Huddersfield University in England, and her Master’s degree in Music Composition at Southampton University. After graduating, she spent a year studying East Indian music in New York, followed by a further 3 months in India, and has since played for numerous large-scale chanting and meditation events.
In 2006, Alethea moved to San Francisco, and played with various eclectic ensembles, dabbling in musical styles such as World, Blues, Jazz and Ambient Theater. Since her move to Los Angeles in 2010, Alethea has been a recording artist on the Michael Mollura score of HOT COFFEE, directed by Susan Saladoff for 2011 Sundance Film Festival and HBO. She has played multiple shows at the House of Blues Los Angeles as a backing musician, as well as several other venues around West Hollywood.
In 2011, Alethea created the Prana Music Series with fellow musician, Cheri Jamison, at the beautiful and historic Peace Awareness Labyrinth & Gardens in Los Angeles. In addition to her role as event coordinator, Alethea has performed in several of the concerts, which have ranged from Classical to Jazz to New Age. Alethea has had the privilege of performing alongside world-renowned cellist, Michael Fitzpatrick for two of these concerts, as well as pianist extraordinaire, Merrill Collins.
In 2012, Alethea joined the Barrelhouse Wailers, a Hot Jazz and Blues band in Ventura, CA. She performs frequently with them at clubs, private parties and music festivals around Southern California. In 2013, Alethea was a member of a 12-piece Funk Band, The Traveler Band, performing for exclusive events in Los Angeles.
In 2016, Alethea and pianist Merrill Collins released Portals 1, the first in a series of albums for meditation and relaxation. Alethea is currently working on more meditation tracks, and performing for Meditation and Sound events in the Los Angeles area.
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“Alethea is one of those rare musicians who is both incredibly talented as well as organized and dependable, which makes her a joy to work with. Her clarinet playing embodies the soul of the music through a warm, clear tone and expert musicianship.”
~Cheri Jamison, singer, artist coach, and Cadenza Artists Liaison
“Alethea is a breath of fresh air. She is a dedicated and hard working musician who plays from her soul. Her skills on clarinet and saxophone are versatile and adaptive for any style, from hot jazz to funk to classical. I was thrilled when she wanted to join The Barrelhouse Wailers and she continues to contribute her talent and style to the band’s growing sound every gig!”
~Karen Parkhouse singer/manager for The Barrelhouse Wailers
“I’ve awaited with anticipation and joy to listen to Alethea’s clarinet music through the years. She has an inner spiritual directive in her playing that moves the heart, whether it’s 1930’s era, Indian raga, inspirational music, or the most formal of classical music. She is a most versatile musician; awesome to listen to, a delight to watch, and a warm personality as an entertainer.”
~Marjorie Eaton, harpist
“I have heard many people speak about Alethea’s meditational music, and there seems to be a common experience: Alethea’s music has the power to pierce right through the mind and directly touch the heart. I believe that this happens because, as she plays and composes, she is also communing with the resonant stillness of her own heart.”
~Carlos del Cueto, conductor/pianist