‘Artistry of Song’ Kicks Off Second Year of Residency for Acclaimed Musician
MELBOURNE, FLA. — Kicking off the second year of his residency at Florida Institute of Technology, internationally renowned vibraphonist and pianist Christian Tamburr and his quintet will hold a free public concert with special guests Charenee Wade and Terreon Gully at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 25 at Gleason Performing Arts Center on campus.
Heading into his second year as music artist in residence at Florida Tech, Tamburr will add to his regular residency activities, which include workshops for Florida Tech students, outreach to Brevard Public Schools and a variety of campus performances, with expanded initiatives. That will include a new focus on Indian River County, with performances in Vero Beach and John’s Island, as well as visits to public and private schools in the county.
“I’m thrilled to serve as artist in residence at Florida Tech for the 2015 school year,” Tamburr said. “I look forward to taking this year beyond our outstanding first year, with a busy schedule of music, learning and special events.”
The 2015 residency is made possible thanks to the support of the following sponsors: Jean Burgdorff, Barbara Keller, T. Dwayne and Mary H. McCay, and Anthony J. and Sara Catanese.
“In his second year, Christian continues to set the bar high for what a Florida Tech Artist in Residence can be with his interaction with students, engagement with the community, and advocacy for arts and culture in the Space Coast community,” said Kevin R. Burke, the university’s director of music programs. “He is expanding the scope of the residency by bringing in Grammy nominated artists to work with students and reaching out to neighboring communities in Indian River County.”
Also this year, Tamburr expects to collaborate with Florida Tech’s Paris artist in Residence, Paul Anquez, and he may record another album at university radio station WFIT’s cutting-edge studio this summer.
The first album Tamburr recorded at the studio, 2014’s Voyage, remained in the top 10 of the charts last year and led to touring in Shanghai China, Doha Qatar and Abu Dhabi and performances at various festivals throughout the U.S. Named “Outstanding Solo Jazz Performer” by Downbeat Magazine and recipient of the 2013 Critics Choice Top Rising Star award for his vibraphone playing, Tamburr currently leads the critically acclaimed Christian Tamburr Quintet around the world, including recent sold out performances in New York City at Lincoln Center Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola.
The concert on March 25 will include guest vocalist Charenee Wade. The first runner up in the 2010 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Competition, Wade recently performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Carnegie Hall in New York City. She is a professor at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, City University of New York, and with the Jazz mobile Workshop program. She performs internationally at some of the top jazz festivals and venues around the world.
Terreon Gully will guest star on drums. Gully tours the world sharing his variety of musical styles: straight ahead, funk, fusion, Afro-Cuban, big band, hip hop, pop and gospel. He has performed and recorded with some of the top names in jazz, including Christian McBride, Stefon Harris, David Sanborn, Charlie Hunter and Dianne Reeves.
Tickets for general admission may be reserved at www.fit.edu/music or by calling 321-674-8082.