Madison Music Collective, Mad Toast Live, the Improvisational Music Workshop
Isthmus, WORT-FM, and The Brink Lounge
JAZZ ON A SUNDAY
Celebrated Las Vegas Vibraphonist
with the JOHANNES WALLMANN TRIO Featuring:
Johannes Wallmann on piano
John Christensen on bass
Keith Lienert on drums
Sunday, March 15, 2015
The Brink Lounge, 701 East Washington Avenue, Madison, WI
NOTE: EARLIER TIME, THIS CONCERT ONLY
Concert Only: 1:00-3:00 PM
NO Improvisational Music Workshop THIS DATE ONLY
See "Workshops with Christian Tamburr" below*
General public: $15.00 advance, $18.00 at the door
Students with ID, Members of Madison Music Collective and Madison Jazz Society:
$10.00 advance, $15.00 at the door
Advance discounted tickets now available at:
or you can purchase tickets at the door on day-of-show
WORKSHOPS WITH CHRISTIAN TAMBURR ON UW CAMPUS*
MONDAY MARCH 16
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:
12:30 pm-1:30 pm: Percussion Masterclass
Morphy Recital Hall, UW Humanities Bldg
FOR UW JAZZ STUDENTS ONLY:
3:30 pm -5:00 pm: Standard Ensemble rehearsal
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm: Jazz Composers Septet rehearsal
7:30 pm: performance with Jazz Standards Ensemble and Jazz Composers Septet
ABOUT CHRISTIAN TAMBURR, Vibraphone
Christian Tamburr is an internationally touring vibraphonist and pianist. 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 sold out performances in New York City at Lincoln Center Dizzy's Club Coca Cola. His newest album "Voyage" remained in the top 10 of the charts in 2014 and led to touring in Shanghai China, Doha Qatar, Abu Dhabi, and various festivals throughout the US. He is on staff as the 2015 Artist in Residence at Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne, Florida. From January to July 2014 Christian performed as a featured musician and the musical director of Rose Rabbit Lie at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. He is now touring around the world as a featured artist on behalf of Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC.
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 34, 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.
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) , 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 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 one 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, Places 2012, and Voyage 2014 released under Tamburr World Wide Productions. Christian is endorsed by Blackwing Pencils and www.pencils.com, ProeMark Sticks and Mallets, and plays exclusively Musser Vibraphones.
ABOUT JOHANNES WALLMAN, Piano
The music of composer and pianist Johannes Wallmann has been shaped by the sounds of the many places he has called home: the rhythmic pulse of New York and Oakland meets the rugged coasts of the Pacific Northwest and the open expanses of the Midwest. Steeped in the jazz tradition, and informed by the music of Coltrane and Ellington, Wallmann's distinctive compositions seek to explore new territory, joining harmonic complexity with infectious groove, melodic introspection with playful exuberance.
Born in Germany, Wallmann was raised on Canada's Vancouver Island, where he studied classical piano and guitar. Deciding to pursue a career in music, he moved first to Boston and then New York City, studying jazz piano and composition at Berklee College of Music (B.Mus., 1995) and at New York University (M.A., 1997; Ph.D., 2010), and winning numerous national music competitions and scholarships, as well as two Canada Council artist grants.
Over twelve years in New York City, followed by five years in the San Francisco Bay Area, Wallmann established himself as a prolific performer in styles as diverse as mainstream jazz and electric fusion, American spirituals, Cantonese pop music, and 20th century classical music. He has performed or recorded with many other artists, including the Dennis Mitcheltree Quartet, the Harlem Spiritual Ensemble, the American Music Group, jazz tubaists Howard Johnson and Marcus Rojas, drummers Jeff Hirshfield, Danny Gottlieb, Tim Horner, Terry Clarke and Donald Bailey, bassists Jeff Andrews, Sean Conly and Martin Wind, saxophonists Gary Bartz, Seamus Blake, Pete Yellin and Phil Dwyer, trumpeters Ingrid Jensen and Ralph Alessi, trombonist Josh Roseman, guitarist Brad Shepik, operatic tenor Dr. Francois Clemmons, the Billings Symphony Orchestra, and Canto-pop star Faye Wong. He has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, including several national tours with the Dennis Mitcheltree Quartet, and performances at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Brooklyn Conservatory (New York City), Massey Hall (Toronto), the Coleman Hawkins Jazz Festival (Topeka, KS), the Hong Kong Coliseum, Pacific Coliseum (Vancouver), and the SkyReach Center (Edmonton), the Taj Mahal (Atlantic City), and in jazz clubs throughout North America. In Wisconsin since Fall 2012, his groups have performed at Jazz @ Five, the Madison Music Collective's Jazz on a Sunday Afternoon series, the Jazz Junction festival, Milwaukee's Jazz Estate, and at the University of Wisconsin, and the Johannes Wallmann Quartet performs monthly at The Fountain of Madison.
As a composer and bandleader, Wallmann has released four critically acclaimed CDs, including The Johannes Wallmann Quartet (1997), Alphabeticity (2003), Minor Prophets (2007), which Cadence Magazine describes as a "glowing statement of rippling inventiveness." His latest, The Coasts, (2010) was the recording premiere of his Brasstet, an innovative ensemble of trumpet, trombone, and tuba plus the piano trio Wallmann founded in 2001, for which he has composed three concert-length suites. A new quintet CD with trumpeter Russ Johnson, guitarist Gilad Hekselman, bassist Sean Conly, and drummer Jeff Hirshfield is scheduled for release in 2015.
In the fall of 2012, Dr. Wallmann moved to Madison, Wisconsin to become Director of Jazz Studies at UW Madison's School of Music, where he is the inaugural holder of the John and Carolyn Peterson Chair in Jazz Studies. He teaches jazz composition, improvisation, jazz piano, and jazz ensembles, including the UW Jazz Orchestra. He has spearheaded the development of a comprehensive jazz studies degree to be introduced in the Fall of 2014. Prior to his appointment at UW Madison, Wallmann served for five years as Director of Jazz Studies at California State University East Bay in the East Bay, where he developed curricula for jazz theory and applied jazz; revamped the jazz ensemble offerings to include six new small-group ensembles; established a series of workshops and masterclasses with visiting artists; and produced two CDs of student ensembles.
Previous adjunct teaching appointments include New York University (1997-2007) and the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music (2003-2007). In 2005, he was named "Music Teacher of the Year" by the students of New York University.
ABOUT JOHN CHRISTENSEN, Bass
John Christensen began his studies with Chris Wood and continued his formal education at Berklee College of Music and the University of North Texas. Looking to pursue a more personalized education, he moved to San Francisco to begin gigging and studying with renowned educator and pianist Dick Hindman. In the Bay Area, Christensen performed and recorded with pianist Mark Levine, Victoria Williams, Slide Five, Scott Amendola, Hal Stein, and The New Morty Show, as well as his own band, Dam East. Since moving to Madison in 1999, Christensen has played with groups such as the Johannes Wallmann Quartet, Alison Margaret, Jan Wheaton, Harmonious Wail, Patrick Breiner, Dave Stoler, Kyle Henderson, and Gerri DiMaggio. In 2012, he formed The Landscapers and toured with The Deconunisms (with Devin Drobka and Luke Polipnick) and Unnecessary Bells (with Devin Drobka and Paul Hastil).
ABOUT KEITH LIENERT, Drums
Keith Lienert is a lecturer at the UW-Platteville, where he teaches applied percussion, steel drums, jazz ensemble, percussion ensemble, and music theory, and a Senior Instructional Specialist at UW-Madison, where he teaches jazz drums. A versatile musician on drum set, steel pan, and percussion, he has performed with numerous artists and ensembles such as Isthmus Brass, Rountree Ensemble, PanGo Steel Band, The Johannes Wallmann Quartet, trumpeter Marvin Stamm, jazz vocalist Kevin Mahogany, as well as many other local and regional performers in the Midwest. Lienert is also the principal percussionist with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra and has served as section and principal percussionist with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. Lienert is a featured soloist on percussion and steel pan on several recordings including Chuck Marohnic's Listen: Sanctuary Jazz Music from the Studio; and with Madison-based Isthmus Brass on their premiere recording through Summit Records, Isthmus Brass Christmas. Lienert has presented clinics and performances at various high schools throughout Wisconsin as well as the Wisconsin Day of Percussion and the Wisconsin Music Educators Association convention. An alumnus of Northern Illinois University and Arizona State University, he is now pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts in Percussion Performance at UW-Madison.
Madison Music Collective's 2015 Spring Series is made possible by grants from Dane Arts (with additional funds from the W. Jerome Frautschi Foundation), University of Wisconsin Jazz Program, our Program Sponsors: Cardinal Bar, Full Compass, and Madison Gas & Electric;
membership dues and charitable gifts from members and supporters of the Madison Music Collective;
in-kind support from The Brink Lounge, the UPS Store-Fitchburg, Farley's House of Pianos, and promotional support from Isthmus, WORT-89.9 FM, the Capital City Hues, Wisconsin Union Theater, Overture Center for the Arts, Stoughton Opera House, Madison Jazz Jam,
Madison Jazz Society, and the Greater Madison Jazz Consortium