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Pianist Paul Anquez Begins Florida Tech Residency with Free Concert Tonight at Gleason

Event Includes Special Guest Christian Tamburr

MELBOURNE, FLA. — Paul Anquez, a pianist and composer from the Paris Conservatory, will launch his spring residency at Florida Institute of Technology with a free concert starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10 at Gleason Performing Arts Center.

Anquez will be joined at the public concert by Christian Tamburr, who is starting his second year as artist in residence at Florida Tech.

An accomplished jazz pianist, composer and conductor, Anquez began his musical instruction with the Calais Conservatoire, where he studied classical piano, jazz, electro-acoustic music and voice. He then pursued his studies at the Musicology Department of the Sorbonne University and at the Paris Conservatory. At the latter, he was selected for the European Jazz Master, which he is currently finishing. During these two years, he spent semesters at the Rhythmic Music Conservatorium in Copenhagen and the Jazz Institute Berlin.

As a music resident at Florida Tech, Anquez said his intent is to highlight traditional repertoire from different cultures through a variety of approaches and settings, and then create links between these repertoires and contemporary improvisation.

“My hope is that this will ‘open the door’ to these different cultures while offering creative opportunities for FIT musicians to work with readily accessible material,” he said.

He also hopes to involve students and others at Florida Tech in a large-scale project, while also offering piano lessons and improvisation workshops.

Anquez is the second Paris Conservatory musician to serve a residency at Florida Tech. Percussionist Remi Durupt spent the spring 2014 semester on campus, working with student percussionists and joining student ensembles in performance.

For more information on Tuesday’s concert, visit http:\\fit.edu/music or call (321) 674-8082.

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