Geir Lysne’s project with the Italian piano player Stefano Bollani and NDR Big Band receives the German EchoJazz Awards 2013 for ‘best Big Band album’.
The project is released as ‘Bollani Big Band’ on Universal/Verve records. Besides Bollani, Lysne and NDR big band, this production also includes the great American drummer Jeff Ballard.
This cooperation was initiated by journalist Stefan Gerdes at Norddeutscher Rundfunk (NDR) in Hamburg. He had the idea to let Lysne recompose music of the Italian piano master Stefano Bollani , and to programme some live concerts with NDR big band. Gerdes presented this idea for Lysne already in 2008,when Geir conducted Bobby McFerrin’s Europe tour with the NDR big band.
It still took some years to plan everything, but at last it was all ready. Geir made the music, and after some months they met for the first time at NDR in Hamburg. Bollani wanted the great American drummer Jeff Ballard to join the project, and from the first run through this was a complete success. We did two radio concerts with the band, and the Echojazz Award winning album is in fact from this first session.
Later the project has been a great succes at JazzBaltica in 2012, and at WDR Jazzfest in Cologne January 2013.
The Echojazz Award 2013 will take place in Hamburg May 23rd