|Eberhard Weber. Photo credit: Nadia Romanini/ECM|
The gala will take place over two nights, January 23rd and 24th 2015, with the same programme being performed twice. At the first concert, the Land of Baden-Wuerttemberg will also be awarding Weber a Special Prize to honour his lifetime’s work and his huge worldwide influence. Weber himself has been unable to play since suffering a stroke in 2007.
The line-up which has been assembled is phenomenal: Pat Metheny, Jan Garbarek, Ralph Towner, Gary Burton, Michael Gibbs, Danny Gottlieb, Scott Colley, Paul McCandless
– The first half of the concert will feature re-interpretations of Eberhard Weber’s compositions, with soloists Gary Burton, Ralph Towner, Jan Garbarek, Danny Gottlieb and Scott Colley, with the SWR Big Band .The arrangers are Baden-Württemberg jazz composers, Steffen Schorn, Rainer Tempel, Libor Sima, Ralf Schmid. There is also also an arrangement in the first half by by Michael Gibbs.
– The second half of the concert has been conceived by Pat Metheny, who has built a new major work to be premiered around extant video footage of Eberhard Weber playing solo, and worked this into a composition. The video footage of Weber himself playing will be back-projected.
FURTHER INFORMATION: we will shortly be publishing an interview with the project’s director Martin Mühleis of Sagas. The full press release in German is HERE