Jazz on Sunday
Artist Name

Note special earlier time:
Concert: 1-3 pm

General Public:
$15 in advance at www.thebrinklounge.com;
$18 at the door

Madison Music Collective and Madison Jazz Society members, Students with ID:
$10 in advance at www.thebrinklounge.com;
$15 at the door

Vibraphonist Christian Tamburr

with the Johannes Wallman Trio

Sunday, Mar. 15, 2015

The Brink Lounge

701 E. Washington Ave. Madison, WI


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.


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.


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).


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.  


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