M Lamar

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M. Lamar

M Lamar (born May 29) is a New York City-based composer, musician, performer, multimedia artist, and counter tenor.[1] The New York Times describes his exhibit 'Negrogothic' as "a bracing alternative to the dispiriting traffic in blandly competent art clogging the New York gallery system these days, M. Lamar plumbs the depths of all-American trauma with visionary verve."[2] Hilton Als wrote in The New Yorker of M. Lamar "he deconstructs the persona of the diva even as he wraps himself in divalike hauteur."[3]

Lamar was born in Mobile, Alabama, studied painting at the San Francisco Art Institute, attending Yale for graduate school in sculpture before dropping out to focus on music.[4] M. Lamar continues to train vocally with Ira Siff, founder and lead soprano of La Gran Scena Opera Company Klaus Nomi's trainer.[5]

Lamar is the twin brother of transgender actress Laverne Cox;[6] in two episodes of the Netflix show Orange Is the New Black, Lamar played his sister's character prior to her transition.[7][8] Lamar participated in an open dialogue with authors bell hooks, Marci Blackman, and Samuel R. Delany called Transgressive Sexual Practice as part of hooks's scholar-in-residence at the New School in October 2014.


Album Date Label
Souls On Lockdown[9] 2010 NEGROGOTHIC RECORDS
Negrogothic October 18, 2015 M. Lamar
Funeral Doom Spiritual[10] January 27, 2017 NEGROGOTHIC RECORDS
Surveillance Punishment and the Black Psyche January 27, 2017 NEGROGOTHIC RECORDS

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  1. ^ "Biography". M. Lamar. Archived from the original on October 18, 2014. Retrieved June 15, 2015. 
  2. ^ "M. Lamar: 'Negrogothic, a Manifesto, the Aesthetics of M. Lamar'". The New York Times. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  3. ^ July 20, 2009 issue of the New Yorker
  4. ^ "Artist M. Lamar is More Than Laverne Cox's twin brother. Prepare for his 'Negro Gothic Sensibility'". Out Magazine. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  5. ^ The Nomi Song documentary about Klaus Nomi
  6. ^ "Laverne Cox And M. Lamar Discuss Identity, Collective Trauma, Celebrating The Black Penis And More". The Huffington Post. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  7. ^ Bertstein, Jacob (March 3, 2014). "In Their Own Terms – The Growing Transgender Presence in Pop Culture". The New York Times. Retrieved June 21, 2014. 
  8. ^ "'Orange Is The New Black' Star Laverne Cox's Twin Brother Plays Her Pre-Transition Counterpart (VIDEO)". The Huffington Post. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  9. ^ Woolfe, Zachary (2017). "A Goth Male Soprano Who Plumbs the Darkness". The New York Times. 
  10. ^ Walls, Seth Colter (6 February 2017). "M. Lamar / Hunter Hunt-Hendrix: Funeral Doom Spiritual Album Review". Pitchfork. 

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