Newly Discovered, Un-Recorded Works by Gil Evans Brought to Life
February 2011 Launch – March 13, 2011 Kick-off Concert in NYC
CD Release on May 13, 2012, Evans’ 100th Birthday
“It’s been a dream of mine to hear new Gil Evans works unearthed because I learn so much every time I hear his music. I don’t know anybody who knows Gil’s music better than Ryan and I can’t wait to hear this music realized.” – Maria Schneider
Next year will be the 100th anniversary of Gil Evans’ birth, and the Centennial Countdown begins on February 16, 2011 when composer/producer Ryan Truesdell launches The Gil Evans Centennial Project (GilEvansProject.com) with the assistance of fans, friends, and musical colleagues, powered by an ArtistShare® experience.
While many centennial milestone celebrations involve collections and selections of greatest hits from the past, this centennial celebration brings to light newly discovered compositions. Most people know of Gil Evans’ work with Miles Davis, but combining all of Evans’ work with Davis accounts for only a few years out of a five-decade career. “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,” explains Truesdell, the first person outside the Evans’ family to have been granted full access to the musical archives. As Miles Evans says: “I’m very excited about this project, and I’m behind Ryan Truesdell 100%. He’s a very talented young man, an excellent musician who has taken the time, and has the talent, to pull this off.” Continue reading