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SOURCE Florida Institute of Technology
University's Music Artist in Residence Assembles All-Star Band for Follow-up to 'Places'
MELBOURNE, Fla., July 14, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Vibraphonist and pianist Christian Tamburr will gather an all-star band and record his fifth album at the studio of WFIT radio on the Florida Institute of Technology campus.
"I'm beyond thrilled about this project and honored to be doing it at Florida Tech," Tamburr said.
Tamburr was named the university's Music Artist in Residence in January.
The album, expected to be released in late August, will be Tamburr's fifth album under his own name. His previous release, 2012's "Places," received wide acclaim and placed in the top 10 national charts for six weeks.
The new album will feature Tamburr on vibraphone, Kevin Bales on piano, Billy Thornton on bass, Quentin Baxter on drums and special guest Dominick Farinacci on trumpet.
The recording project highlights efforts by Florida Tech President and CEO Anthony J. Catanese to further establish Florida Tech as an epicenter for arts, culture and entertainment in Brevard County and beyond, while maintaining the rigorous academic standards that have made the university one of the leading research institutions in the world.
"Whether it's the unprecedented hands-on research offered to our undergraduates, our two world-class artistic centers or the master classes Christian is teaching as our artist in residence, Florida Tech is thrilled to be able to expose our students to the full breadth and variety a well-rounded college education should offer," Catanese said.
As part of his 2014 residency at Florida Tech's School of Arts and Communication, Tamburr teaches master classes and workshops with music students, performs at the Gleason Performing Arts Center and conducts local outreach at public schools throughout Brevard County.
Beyond Florida Tech, Tamburr tours internationally and represents one of the prominent names in modern jazz around the world today. He is also the musical director for Vegas Nocturne at Rose.Rabbit.Lie in the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas.
Last year, Downbeat Magazine recognized him with the "Outstanding Solo Jazz Performer" award and the "2013 Critics Choice Top Rising Star" award on vibraphone.
Find more on Tamburr at www.christiantamburr.com.
About Florida Institute of Technology
Founded at the dawn of the Space Race in 1958, Florida Tech is the only independent, technological university in the Southeast. PayScale.com ranks graduates' mid-career median salaries in first place among Florida's universities, and lists Florida Tech among the top 20 universities in the South-both public and private. Featured among the top 200 universities in the world according to Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2013-14, the university has been named a Barron's Guide "Best Buy" in College Education, designated a Tier One Best National University in U.S. News & World Report, and is one of just nine schools in Florida lauded by the 2014 Fiske Guide to Colleges. The university offers undergraduate, master's and doctoral programs. Fields of study include science, engineering, aeronautics, business, humanities, mathematics, psychology, communication and education. Additional information is available online at www.fit.edu.
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