“The Awakening – Sounds for Sculpture” Original music by Christian Tamburr inspired by the sculptures of Seward Johnson
Christian Tamburr – Composer / Vibraphone/ Piano * Dominick Farinacci – Trumpet (tracks 1,2,4,5,9)
Clint Holmes – Vocals (tracks 1,3,6) * Keith Ganz – Guitar (tracks 5,6) * Scott Giddens – Piano
Billy Thornton – Bass * John Davis – Drums * Michael Dobson – World and Folly Percussion
| Vibraphonist and composer Christian Tamburr celebrates his 7th independent release with The Awakening “Sounds for Sculpture”. The project features 10 original compositions by Tamburr inspired by 10 bronze sculptures by renowned sculptor Seward Johnson. The music was premiered for three nights and six shows in August of 2019 at Dizzy’s Club at Lincoln Center in New York to full houses and rave reviews. The ensemble, which recorded the album prior to the premier in July, features Grammy and Tony award recognized artists including Double-Grammy nominated (2018) vocalist Clint Holmes and Tony Award nominated (2018) sound designer/percussionist Michael Dobson. |
The concept for the album came from an afternoon walk through the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton NJ, where Christian was inspired by the lush botanical gardens and transformative thematic scenes surrounding Seward’s sculptures. With the kind permission of Seward Johnson, the Seward Johnson Atelier and the Grounds for Sculpture, the process to select and start composition around the amazing sculptures began. The vision was to create a new experiential dimension through music to accompany each sculpture, while maintaining openness for individual interpretation. The musical inspiration ranges from Straight Ahead, to Modern Jazz, to World Music to Singer Songwriter. Each sculpture (which shares the same name as each track) has a story and that story is told through the music.
About the Artist – Christian Tamburr is an internationally renowned vibraphonist, pianist, composer and arranger with touring and performances in over 71 countries around the world. He is a 6-time Downbeat Magazine “Critics Choice” Top Rising Star recipient and has led his own critically acclaimed ensemble around the globe with headline performances at such venues as The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, The Newport Jazz Festival and many more. Christian’s work as a composer and creative development consultant has resulted in multiple large-scale stage productions for clients such as Cirque du Soleil, The Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas, Penn & Teller, GOOGLE and many more. He started performing at age 14 and has performed alongside Dave Brubeck, Clark Terry, James Moody, Kenny Barron, Milt Hinton, Eric Marienthal, Rene Marie and Tal Farlow. Christian toured as musical director for Latin vocalist Julio Iglesias, performed private concerts for NBA legend Michael Jordon and actress Julia Roberts.