Kickoff Performance Feb. 11
MELBOURNE, FLA.—The Florida Institute of Technology School of Arts and Communication announces that Christian Tamburr, internationally known vibraphonist and pianist, will be a Music Artist in Residence for periods during the spring and fall 2014 semesters.
Tamburr will kick off his residency with a performance of the Christian Tamburr Quintet Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the Gleason Performing Arts Center. Admission is free.
His residency, which begins Feb. 10-12, includes master classes with Florida Tech students and local outreach performances.
Tamburr, who grew up in Brevard County, tours internationally and is also accomplished on percussion instruments. He earned Downbeat Magazine’s Outstanding Solo Jazz Performer award and the 2013 Critics Choice Top Rising Star award for vibraphone. From 2006 to 2008 he toured as pianist and musical director for Julio Iglesias and in 2009 he joined Cirque du Soleil in as an assistant composer and musical director for a new show in Macau, China. He currently leads the critically acclaimed Christian Tamburr Quartet as it performs around the world, with recent engagements in Shanghai, China, and Doha, Qatar, as an Ambassador to Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. Christian performs nightly as a featured musician in the Rose.Rabbit.Lie production of Vegas Nocturne at the Cosmopolitan Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
He began performing at age 14 and now, at 33, he has had the opportunity to tour and perform with many of the jazz legends, including Dave Brubeck, Michael Feinstein, Clark Terry, Kenny Barron, and James Moody. Christian has been featured at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC, The Blue Note in New York, The Olympia Theater in Paris, Monte Casino in Cape Town South Africa, and the North Sea Jazz Festival in Amsterdam. His group has performed private concerts for NBA basketball legend Michael Jordan and actress Julia Roberts.