Christian Tamburr is an internationally touring vibraphonist and pianist, accomplished on drums as well as world and orchestral percussion. Downbeat Magazine recognized him with the “Outstanding Solo Jazz Performer” award and the “2013 Critics Choice Top Rising Star” award on vibraphone. He currently leads the critically acclaimed Christian Tamburr Quintet around the world, with recent performances in Shanghai, China and Doha, Qatar as an Ambassador to Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. Christian is the developer and director of Ignite the Arts, a touring educational outreach program, designed to help inspire and revitalize the arts in public schools. He is on staff as the 2014 ‘Artist in Residence’ at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. Christian is currently the Musical Director and featured musical performer for Vegas Nocturne, a Spiegelworld Production based in Las Vegas.
Christian has performed on vibraphone as special guest with pianist Dave Brubeck, as a solo percussionist with Michael Feinstein, and opened for Harry Connick Jr. He has performed private concerts for NBA basketball legend Michael Jordan, and was hired to entertain at the highly publicized surprise birthday party for actress Julia Roberts in New York City. Christian’s first album “Move” was released as a part of a Starbucks Gift Set available around the US. From 2006 till 2008 Christian toured as pianist and musical director for Julio Iglesias. He joined Cirque du Soleil in 2009 as an assistant composer and musical director for a new show in Macau, China.
Christian first started performing jazz at the age of 14, now 33, he has had the opportunity to tour and perform with many of the jazz legends including, Clark Terry, James Moody, Bunky Green, Kenny Barron, Benny Green, Milt Hinton, Bucky Pizarelli, Tal Farlow, Nicolas Payton, Billy Drummond, Matt Wilson, Eric Marienthal, Marcus Printup, Nicolas Payton, Mark Murphy, Clint Holmes, and Rene Marie.
Over the past 8 years, Christian and his group have performed at some of the most prestigious venues around the world including The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington DC), Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola at Lincoln Center (NYC), The Blue Note (NYC), Ravinia (Chicago), The Brubeck Institute (Stockton, CA) Yoshi’s Jazz Club (Oakland, CA), Pizza Express Dean Street (London), Olympia Theater (Paris), Jazz at the St. Regis (Doha, Qatar), The Central (Shanghai, China), Motion Blue (Tokyo), Monte Casino (Cape Town, South Africa), The Bellagio Hotel and Casino (Las Vegas), The North Sea Jazz Festival (Amsterdam), The Atlanta Jazz Festival, The San Jose Jazz Festival, The Chandler Jazz Festival, and the Jacksonville Jazz Festival. Since 2006, Christian has produced “The Jazz at Sea” music spotlight, performing and featuring some of the top names in jazz onboard Regent and Oceania Cruises.
Christian works as a producer, arranger, and composer in many genres. His music can be heard on TV, full-length motion pictures, and on-stage productions around the world. Famed magicians Penn and Teller hired Christian as a consultant to write and teach them music for their stage show in Las Vegas. As an educator and lecturer, Christian travels to High Schools and Colleges presenting workshops and master classes on performance, composition, arranging, and music business. He also presents leadership and teambuilding workshops to executives at Fortune 500 Companies highlighting unique attributes found both on stage and in a corporate environment.
The Christian Tamburr Quartet, Trio, and Duo project recordings include: Move 2006, Arrivals 2007, Traveling South 2008, Conversations 2011, and Places 2012 released under Tamburr World Wide Productions. Christian is endorsed by Receptor Muse, Pro-Mark Sticks and Mallets, and plays exclusively Musser Vibraphones.
Website – www.christiantamburr.com