ArtistShare® produces six fan-funded masterpieces for this year's Grammy consideration

10/2/2017 - ArtistShare® produces six fan-funded masterpieces for this year's Grammy consideration

This year we are very proud to bring you music by:
  1. The father of modern jazz guitar, Jim Hall
  2. 3 time Emmy-nominated composer, Steve Sandberg
  3. Grammy® award-winner, Doug Beavers
  4. Multi-Grammy award-nominated bassist, Scott Colley
  5. Jazz/rock guitarist, Torben Waldorff
  6. Composer/multi-instrumentalist and Maria Schneider Orchestra member Dave Pietro

Some history
ArtistShare's very first fan-funded project, Concert in the Garden by Maria Schneider, received a Grammy for Best Large Ensemble Recording in 2005 and made history - this was a the first album to win Grammy award without being available in retail stores.

With 10 Grammy Awards and 29 Grammy nominations, ArtistShare celebrates 15 years of helping Grammy winning artists build strong, sustainable careers and bring incredible new Projects to life.

ArtistShare provides fans with exclusive insight into each artist’s creative process through downloads, videos, and other unique experiences. Artists have invited ArtistShare Premium Participants to special events, including concerts, recording sessions and even the Grammy Awards ceremony.

The music

Jim Hall and Red Mitchell – Valse Hot - Sweet Basil 1978

Considered by many to be the "father of modern jazz guitar," Jim Hall is revered by peers and audiences around the world. This previously unreleased historical recording captures over  the exciting, spontaneous dialogue between Jim and Red and the duo’s inventive and lyrical approach to jazz standards. One listen and you will agree that it is quite possibly the greatest jazz guitar recording in history.

This incredible material is from Jim Hall and Red Mitchell’s famed 1978 residency at NYC’s Sweet Basil. Discovered on tapes in Jim’s basement, this music has finally been released to the digital era – a high resolution data disc containing 24 bit/96kHz tracks accompanies the regular Valse Hot CD.

Steve Sandberg Quartet – Alaya

Three time Emmy-nominated composer Steve Sandberg’s first ArtistShare release is hailed as a breakthrough recording which masterfully blends classical and world music genres with the excitement of virtuosic improvisation. Building on his classical piano roots, Sandberg has explored music from around the world. He has worked with Celia Cruz, Bebel Gilberto, sang North Indian raga, and much more.

On Alaya, he realizes his lifelong dream to create original compositions that draw on his extensive experience with world and classical music, and present these in a live acoustic band. Joining Sandberg’s quartet are violinist Zach Brock, drummer Mauricio Zottarelli, and bassist Michael O’Brien.

Doug Beavers – Art of the Arrangement

Grammy Award winner Doug Beavers has been recognized by critics and fellow musicians as a leading trombonist of his generation and “an arranger of the first class.” Art of the Arrangement enlists living, historical arrangers to handcraft new works, orchestrated for large ensemble. Through the lens of these new works, Doug forges compositions and arrangements to round out the vision of Art of the Arrangement.

This Project features the musical arrangement itself as a celebrated, unique, and vital art form.

Scott Colley – Seven

Scott has been called “one of the leading bassists of our postbop era, and a composer-bandleader of quietly serious resolve.” The writing and performance on Seven is unparalleled. Composing for a new band, Scott loves having the freedom to imagine, write, and hear new ideas come to life. Scott debuted his new group, which features trumpeter Jonathan Finlayson, pianist Kevin Hays, and drummer Nate Smith, at NYC’s Village Vanguard in 2016.

Torben Waldorff – Holiday on Fire

“A virtuoso guitarist with a great sensitivity for image, emotion, and expression.” Torben is one of our favorites. With Holiday on Fire, Torben marks 10 amazing years of music making on ArtistShare and his fifth release. He composed for and recorded with wonderfully interactive, intense, and collaborative musicians: trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, drummer Johnathan Blake, bassist Drew Gress, and pianist Maggi Olin. Recorded on “holiday” in New York City, the band is on fire.

Dave Pietro – New Road: Iowa Memoirs

Gifted composer and first call woodwinds player for Multi-Grammy Award winning Maria Schneider Orchestra, Dave Pietro releases his ArtistShare premiere, New Road: Iowa Memoirs. During a residency at the University of Iowa, Dave composed New Road as a compositional document of his travels around the state of Iowa.