Betram Lehmann

photo: Purpleganesh

Based in Boston for over 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 in Jazz, South-American, and many other global genres.

In addition to his many high-profile performances and appearances over the years and on 60+ recordings—with acclaimed artists such as Paquito d’Rivera, Randy Brecker, Dave Liebman, Miguel Zenon, Anat Cohen, Romero Lubambo, Danilo Perez, Claudio Roditi, Oscar Castro-Neves, NDR Bigband, Kenny Werner, and Dave Samuels’ Caribbean Jazz Project—he has toured internationally across Russia, India, South Korea, Brazil, Ecuador, Ghana, Mexico, Turkey, Spain, Israel, and Germany.

In New England, Lehmann is renowned for his past and present associations with artists such as vocalists Luciana Souza and Mili Bermejo, Natraj, as well as the big bands of Felipe Salles and Mehmet Ali Sanlikol.

Some of the distinguished national and international venues Lehmann has performed at include Lincoln Center, Birdland, Metropolitan Museum, 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, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston; and many other venues elsewhere, including the The Kennedy Center and The Blues Alley (Washington D.C.), Rockport Chamber Music Festival, Jazz Yatra Festival (Mumbai), the Tchaikovsky Conservatory (Moscow), Panafest (Ghana), Chicago World Music Festival, and the Istanbul Jazz Festival.

Lehmann teaches in the Percussion, Ear Training, Africana Studies, and Liberal Arts departments at Berklee College of Music as well as Phillips Academy Andover. He endorses Murat Diril Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks, DEM Sticks, Aquarian Drumheads, and Black Swamp Percussion.


Ragamala Paintings Alive!

Release Date: October 13, 2023
Catalog Number: BR8983
21st Century
Composed by Phil Scarff and performed by world-jazz ensemble Natraj, RAGAMALA PAINTINGS ALIVE! shines a contemporary light on historic artwork from India. The members of Natraj individually and collectively bring a wealth of experience exploring the intersection of jazz and global musical traditions. Their stunning performance showcased in this release is wide ranging, deep, and accessible, while firmly rooted in the rich tapestry of Indian classical music. RAGAMALA PAINTINGS ALIVE! is part of a larger multimedia work created in collaboration with Indian classical dancer Jayshree Bala Rajamani, incorporating dance, music, spoken word, and projected images. It brings to life historic ragamala paintings, with each painting representing one Indian classical raga or melodic framework. Inspired by Modest Mussorgsky and his iconic work, Pictures at an Exhibition, Scarff threads the suite together with musical “promenades” that represent the viewer entering and moving about an art gallery, with each theme anticipating a painting or set of paintings to come. Whether heard on its own or experienced as a full multimedia performance, RAGAMALA PAINTINGS ALIVE! takes listeners on a compelling contemporary journey that celebrates classic ragamala paintings from India.