New Gil Evans music to be recorded

Gil EvansFebruary 2011 - Newly discovered work by composer and arranger Gil Evans is to be recorded for the first time in 2012, including a number of pieces dating back to Evans' work in the late 1940s with the Claude Thornhill Orchestra, some works for singers, including one originally arranged for an Astrid Gilberto album but never used, and never-before-heard works for a 24-piece ensemble that includes oboes, bassoons, French horns and percussion.

Composer and producer Ryan Truesdell, co-producer of Maria Schneider's award-winning album Sky Blue, is spearheading the project and will conduct live and recorded performances and produce the CD. He is the first person outside the Evans family to be granted access to Evans' archives and says: "Gil was an amazingly prolific composer and arranger. I saw thousands of pages of music manuscript, more tunes than I could count. As I went through this music, I started to realize that so many of these were never recorded or were heard live only a few times."

The project is a fan-funded ArtistShare venture, giving funding participants access to the preparation process through online audio, video and journal entries as Truesdell finds Evans' music, documents and compares the scores and sketches, applies deductive reasoning to prepare tempi, style and approach, and rehearses the band. A range of involvements, from centennial mp3 download ($12.95) to executive producer participation ($25,000) are available for purchase.

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