Hans Koller Ensemble
Pianist and composer Hans Koller is something of a big-band specialist, so the task of writing new music inspired by the greatest jazz composer of them all - Gil Evans - couldn't be in better hands. Koller has spent much of the last two decades working with leading large ensembles in both the UK and Germany, including his own big band. He's put together a special version of that outfit for this performance, fronted by the electric guitars of Jakob Bro and Phil Robson and also featuring leading American drummer Jeff Williams. The music takes inspiration from Evans's approach rather than his style, developing through intuition and "happy accident" as much as forensically crafted combinations of instruments and sounds. The concert also features a second major new work, using text by the German Romantic poet Hölderlin and featuring vocalist Christine Tobin.