Adam Lempel

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Adam Charles Lempel (born July 14, 1986) is an American musician, photographer, artist and designer. Lempel's work includes elements of improvisation and performance art, including the playing of nontraditional and conceptual instruments, improvising with strangers, and incorporating improvisatory dance into the music making process.

Adam Lempel - Photo by Shane J Smith
ResidenceBrooklyn, New York


Lempel was raised orthodox Jewish in Queens, NYC and Woodmere, Long Island. While studying philosophy in Baltimore at Johns Hopkins University, he discovered the underground music scene centered around the Copycat warehouse and Maryland Institute College of Art. Lempel started an experimental indie rock band, Weekends, with Brendan Sullivan in which the vocalizations were improvised with no set lyrics. Weekends toured internationally and was a ubiquitous part of the Baltimore DIY indie music scene playing warehouses, basements, and the Whartscape and Artscape festivals. In 2013, after a collapsed lung, Lempel began releasing music under his own name and with Adam Lempel and the Heartbeats. The Heartbeats song Echo featuring Amanda Glasses on lead vocals was featured in a European television campaign for the German clothing brand C&A. In 2014, Lempel moved to Amsterdam, NL to study classical music composition at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. While there he began collaborating with choreographers at the SNDO program at the Amsterdam University of the Arts and completed a masters degree in music design at the Utrecht University of the Arts (HKU). Lempel now lives in Brooklyn, New York, where he works as a photographer and UX designer and plays music as a solo performer and drummer for the indie anti-folk band Sourdoe.


Case, Wesley (13 July 2013). "Baltimore's Adam Lempel cuts through the fuzz with clear melodies". Baltmore Sun. Retrieved 13 OCtober 2020.

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