Susie Lampert (bio)
Susie Lampert grew up in Pomona, NY in a large family with five siblings, dogs and cats. From an early age, she loved music and played piano. Her first live venture came at age 15, playing in a jazz group influenced by Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, John Coltrane and Lee Morgan, among others.
That same year, Susie hooked up with a punk band called Ruby and the Rednecks, which became the house band for New York City's Playhouse of the Ridiculous. She wrote music for and played keyboards in a number of Off-Off-Broadway plays, and shared stages at legendary NYC venues Max's Kansas City and CBGB's with such infamous musicians as Iggy Pop and The New York Dolls.
During the early ‘80s, Susie discovered Milton Nascimento and Brazilian music, and found herself “enraptured and forever changed.” She learned Portuguese and traveled to Brazil frequently to buy records and become acquainted with the culture. During those years, she also managed to become a registered nurse and worked part-time while pursuing her music.
Susie met Laurie Berkner over 10 years ago when they were both working at New York City’s Rockefeller University. Laurie was a preschool music teacher, and Susie was a research nurse. Says Susie of their first meeting, “We made a fast and deep connection, resulting in spending three years gigging with Lois Lane, an all-female cover band. When Laurie left the band to pursue her kids’ music career I joined her playing schools, libraries etc. as a duo. The rest everybody knows!”
These days, Susie is excited with her musical life. She not only sang and played keyboards on 2008’s Rocketship Run, she also wrote several songs and co-arranged much of the album’s music with her bandmates. Susie relishes time with her boyfriend, family, friends and cats. She enjoys her daily meditation practice, yoga and samba, as well as her special time with her fairy godchild, otherwise known as Laurie’s daughter, Lucy Day Mueller.