The Christian Tamburr Trio FEATURING vocalist/cellist Shana Tucker
April 30 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
An event every day that begins at 6:30 pm, repeating until May 1, 2021
Two Concerts Nightly ~ 6:30 PM and 9:00 PM
Lyrical storyteller. Soulful cellist. Dynamic singer-songwriter. That’s SHANA TUCKER. Her unique genre of ChamberSoul™ weaves together jazz, roots folk, acoustic pop, and a touch of R&B, into melodies that echo in your head for days. She’s the rare performer you’ve never seen the likes of before—and one you’ll never forget.
Steeped in story, Shana’s ChamberSoul is rich, deep music that sits down next to you and puts its arm around your shoulders. “I’m intrinsically drawn to acoustic instruments because of their resonance, warmth, and intimacy,” she says. “ChamberSoul brings musicians and audiences closer, and makes the music tangible, no matter how large or small the room is.”
A sought-after collaborator, Shana performs and records with legendary jazz saxophonist/composer Bennie Maupin, jazz flutist/composer Nicole Mitchell, and Grammy-nominated NuSoul collective The Foreign Exchange. Recent composition collaborations include They Are All, a structured improvisational performance presented at American Dance Festival with Culture Mill’s Murielle Elizeon and Tommy Noonan, and Continuing To Tell, a multidisciplinary public-space performance by Proxemic Media highlighting the history of Civil Rights in Durham, NC. Cello performance credits include Overland, The History of White People in America, American Masters: Decoding Watson and Paul Robeson: Here I Stand on pbs.org.
Currently, Shana is co-host and contributing songwriter for Rootle’s Block Party Live! @ Home! on pbsnc.org. Other compositional highlights of Shana’s career involve scoring music for theatrical productions, including I Love My Hair When It’s Good: & Then Again When It’s Defiand and Impressive by Chaunesti Webb; Just Another Lynching: An American Horror Story by Tarish “Jeghetto” Pipkins; Make/Believe by Murielle Elizeon and Tommy Noonan; The Amazing Adventures of Grace May B. Good by Andrea Woods; and “Surrender” from Suddenly I See by Kristin Taylor. Work samples can be found at shanatucker.com/projects.
Shana is a recipient of several grant awards through local arts councils, including United Arts Council (Raleigh, NC) and two Nevada Arts Council grants, one of which is the prestigious Artist Fellowship for her exemplary work as a Performing Artist. She serves on review panels and advisory committees for arts organizations across the country, including United Arts (Raleigh, NC), South Arts (Atlanta, GA), and Nevada Arts Council (Carson City, NV).
Shana is an advisory board member for the Washington Women in Jazz Festival, an annual event in Washington, DC that celebrates and promotes women jazz artists through concerts, jam sessions, lectures, panel discussions, masterclasses and a young artist competition. She is also a board member for North Carolina Presenters Consortium, and Blair Publisher (formerly Carolina Wren Press), a North Carolina-based small-press organization that publishes diverse minority writers of quality fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and children’s literature.
A front-line advocate for arts education, Shana believes that approaching academics from an artistic perspective encourages innovation, critical thinking, and self-confidence. She is currently the Executive Director for Kidznotes, a music for social change organization that provides free instruments and music lessons to pre-K – 12th grade students attending Title I schools in the Triangle area of NC. Shana has worked with educators (Pre-K through college and beyond) to integrate the arts into existing curriculum, thereby transforming schools, knowledge retention, and students’ love of learning through her work as an A+ Schools of North Carolina Fellow, and a teaching artist with United Arts Council of Raleigh & Wake County, Durham Arts Council, and Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts.
CHRISTIAN TAMBURR is an internationally renowned vibraphonist, pianist, composer and arranger with touring and performances in over 71 countries around the world. Downbeat Magazine recognized him with the “Outstanding Solo Jazz Performance” award and is a 5-Time “Critics Choice Top Rising Star” award recipient on vibraphone. He leads his own critically acclaimed touring ensemble with recent performances at the Kennedy Center, The Newport Jazz Festival, and Lincoln Center where in August of 2019 Christian premiered Sounds For Sculpture “The Awakening” – new multi-sensory project featuring originally composed music inspired by the iconic bronze sculptures of famed sculptor Seward Johnson. As a creative director and producer, Christian has been responsible for the development of multiple headline shows and touring projects around the world, including Between the Lines (Palazzo Hotel, Las Vegas), Modern Warrior LIVE (On Tour), Soundtrack (The Westgate, Las Vegas) and collaborations with Cirque du Soleil, Spiegelworld Productions and Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. In addition to his public performances, Christian is CEO and facilitator of Sonic Leadership, a musically inspired program on leadership and inclusion with clients such as GOOGLE, Cisco Systems, Amazon and Starwood Hotels. Christian is currently the musical director/pianist for 2018 Double Grammy nominated vocalist Clint Holmes and singersongwriter Shana Tucker.
Christian worked as musical director and pianist for Latin vocal legend Julio Iglesias (06’-09’), Cirque du Soleil in Macau China and Penn & Teller. 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” sold over eighty-thousand copies and was released as a part of a Starbucks Gift Set available nationally. From 2013 to 2016 Christian toured on behalf of Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC as a Global Ambassador to Arts and Education in the U.A.E. and Asia.
Christian first started performing jazz at the age of 14, and has had the opportunity to tour and perform with many jazz legends including Dave Brubeck, Clark Terry, James Moody, Kenny Barron, Milt Hinton, Bucky Pizarelli, Tal Farlow, Nicolas Payton, Eric Marienthal, Marcus Printup, Nicolas Payton, Mark Murphy, Ann Hampton Calaway and Rene Marie.
Christian and his groups 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), Birdland (NYC), The Jazz Showcase, 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), and The North Sea Jazz Festival (Amsterdam).
Christian Tamburr independent releases include: Move 2006, Arrivals 2007, Traveling South 2008, Conversations 2011, Places 2012, Voyage 2014, People Talk 2016, Sounds For Sculpture “The Awakening” 2020 released under Tamburr World Wide Productions. Christian is endorsed by Blackwing Pencils, Pro-Mark Sticks and Mallets, and plays exclusively Musser Vibraphones.
Shana Tucker – Vocals/Cello
Christian Tamburr – Piano / Musical Director
William Ledbetter – Upright Bass
Al Sergel – Drums