Florida Tech Radio Station’s Cutting-Edge Performance Space Opening Aug. 4
MELBOURNE, FLA. — Florida Institute of Technology’s 89.5 FM WFIT radio station will open a state-of-the-art performance studio in its campus broadcast center on Aug. 4 for music and vocal recordings and live broadcasts.
The 20-foot by 20-foot studio accommodates up to an eight-piece band. It features a five-piece drum kit, multiple amps and a digital piano. The control room is equipped with a 32-channel PreSonus Digital Board, Yamaha sound monitors, six Aviom Personal Headphone mixers and microphones from Neumann, Sennheiser and others.
An internationally known touring artist has christened the studio before it officially opens.
Vibraphonist and pianist Christian Tamburr, who was named Florida Tech’s Music Artist in Residence in January, gathered an all-star band and recorded his fifth album July 13-14 at the WFIT studio.
“I'm beyond thrilled about this project and honored to be doing it at FIT,” Tamburr said.
This will be Tamburr’s fifth album under his own name. His previous release, “Places,” received wide acclaim and placed in the top 10 national charts for six weeks. The new album will feature Tamburr on vibraphone, Kevin Bales on piano, Billy Thornton on bass, Quentin Baxter on drums and special guest Dominick Farinacci on trumpet.
The recording project highlights efforts by Florida Tech President and CEO Anthony J. Catanese to further establish Florida Tech as an epicenter for arts, culture and entertainment in Brevard County and beyond, while maintaining the rigorous academic standards that have made the university one of the leading research institutions in the world.
“Whether it’s the unprecedented hands-on research offered to our undergraduates, our two world-class artistic centers or the master classes Christian is teaching as our artist in residence, Florida Tech is thrilled to be able to expose our students to the full breadth and variety a well-rounded college education should offer,” Catanese said.
As part of his 2014 residency at Florida Tech’s School of Arts and Communication, Tamburr teaches master classes and workshops with music students, performs at the Gleason Performing Arts Center and conducts local outreach at public schools throughout Brevard County.
Beyond Florida Tech, Tamburr tours internationally and represents one of the prominent names in modern jazz around the world today. He is the musical director for Vegas Nocturne at Rose.Rabbit.Lie in the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas.
For questions regarding the July recording, please call the School of Arts and Communication at (321) 674-8082.
Tours for potential clients of WFIT’s new performance studio are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the radio station’s campus facilities. For more information about the studio, contact WFIT Senior Underwriting Executive George Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (321) 674-7461.