(NEWARK, NJ) -- In celebration of the 60th anniversary of the extraordinary Miles Davis/Gil Evans collaboration, "Sketches of Spain," Jazz Standard and NJPAC present the premiere of the GRAMMY-nominated Gil Evans Project's video recording of the album's most revered and beautiful work: Gil Evans' arrangement of Joaquin Rodrigo's the Adagio from "Concierto de Aranjuez" on Thursday, August 6 at 7:30pm via Facebook Live.
This recording project also serves as a direct fundraiser (through GoFundMe) for the musicians of the Gil Evans Project, to mitigate the financial impact of the pandemic on these extraordinary artists. All funds raised by this performance will be shared evenly between the featured musicians.
"I wanted to create something that showcased the incredible talent and artistry of these world-class musicians, give us a chance to celebrate Gil's incredible music from 'Sketches of Spain,' and provide a way to subsidize the musicians' lost income and help ease the financial burden they face from the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic," said director and Gil Evans Project founder, Ryan Truesdell.
This premiere performance will include a live, interactive discussion with Truesdell and featured trumpet soloist, Riley Mulherkar, as well as long-time Gil Evans Project musicians Lewis Nash (drums) and Jay Anderson (bass).
This program is curated by Seth Abramson, Rabbit Moon Productions, Inc.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) is located at One Center Street in Newark, New Jersey. It is America's most diverse performing arts center, and the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey – where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the state's and the world's best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted nearly 10 million visitors (including over 1.7 million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents.