In 1959 Ella Fitzgerald recorded a four disc set featuring the music of George and Ira Gershwin.
With 59 songs recorded and over 3 hours playing time it was a vast project but it paid off for Ella.
Ira Gershwin said upon hearing the result: "I never knew how good our songs were until I heard Ella sing them." It also won her a Grammy Award in 1960 for best vocal performance.
This arrangement was made for Eikanger-Bjørsvik's (with soloist Grethe Tonheim)
Siddis Brass performance Art of the States back in 2002.
This was a chronological review of American entertainment music, starting with gospel and finishing with Pat Metheny, leaving Ella somewhere in the middle.
Grethe Tonheim is one of my favourite trombone players and a dear friend.
I thought she would be ideal as Eikanger's version of the immortal Ella Fitzgerald.
Svein H. Giske
SVEIN H. GISKE
Svein H. Giske (1973) was born in the city of Ålesund and studied the trumpet and composition at The Grieg Academy in Bergen before he entered his post as professional trumpet player in The Armed Force Band West (now: The Norwegian Navy Band Bergen) in 1996. He also played solo cornet in Eikanger-Bjørsvik Musikklag from 1995 to 2007. Giske is much sought after as a free lance musician and conductor. He has been a member of Bergen Big Band since 1997 and is currently musical director of Askøy Brass Band and Dragefjellets Musikkorps. He is also an adjudicator, composer and arranger.
His arrangements are performed by all the professional bands in Norway and many of them are recorded with bands such as The Norwegian Navy Band Bergen, Eikanger-Bjørsvik Musikklag,
The Royal Norwegian Navy Band, Stavanger Brass Band, Grimethorpe Colliery Band,
Dragefjellets Musikkorps and others. His arrangements are in demand not only in Norway but also in the UK and on the European continent.
Many of his arrangements are written for famous instrumentalists and singers; Øystein Baadsvik, Nils Landgren, Derek Watkins, Tormod Flaten, Eirik Gjerdevik, Silje Nergaard and Solveig Kringlebotn.
In recent years, Giske has focused more on composing, gaining several commissions from recognized ensembles and festivals as a result. The Norwegian Navy Band Bergen, Grenland International Brass Band Festival, The Bergen Woodwind Ensemble (B3), Eikanger-Bjørsvik Musikklag, Stavanger Brass Band and The National Youth Brass Band of Norway have all commissioned music from him. He has also written solo concertos for the Norwegian trumpet virtuoso Ole Edvard Antonsen and trombone soloist Marius Hesby.
Goldberg 2012 was commissioned by the Norwegian Band Federation as the test piece for the Championship section of the Norwegian Brass Band Championships in 2012. It was also the test piece in the Championship division in the World Music Contest at Kerkrade in 2013.
Goldberg 2012 was voted Testpiece of the Year 2012 by 4barsrest.com and Best new music 2012 by Brass Band World Magazine.
Eikanger-Bjørsvik with conductor Ingar Bergby and soloists Marius Hesby and Grethe Tonheim will in December 2015 premiere of a new work for brass band and 2 trombone soloists by Giske
|Arranger||Giske, Svein H|
|Format||Score and parts|
|Theme/genre||Jazz/Blues, Popular music|
|Instrumentation||Brass band, Concert band with soloist - vocal or instrumental soloist|
|Series||Noteservice Brass Band Entertainment|