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Celebrating 5 years of swinging original big band music in NYC, we can't wait to go to the studio and share our new music with you!
Celebrating 5 years of swinging original big band music in NYC, we can't wait to go to the studio and share our new music with you!
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The Eyal Vilner Big Band is a 16-piece jazz orchestra playing all original arrangements of jazz standards and original compositions. Our music derives from the tradition of jazz, swing and blues, and it strives to bring our own unique voice to this beautiful art form.

In the Beginning

The Tel-Aviv jazz scene was a very special place to grow up in. Although geographically distant from the center and origins of jazz, it was a genuine and honest environment, deeply connected and devoted to the tradition of this music.

In 2007, I packed a suitcase and my saxophone and moved to New York. The following year, I established my big band and soon after we started playing at some of the finest jazz clubs in the city. In the past five years we've been preforming regularly at places such as: Smalls Jazz Club, Fat Cat, Iridium, Garage and Jazz at Lincoln Center - Dizzy’s Club. We also had the privilege to collaborate with jazz legends such as Frank Wess, Jimmy Heath, Jimmy Owens and Junior Mance.

In 2012 we released our debut album, Introducing the Eyal Vilner Big Band. The album received rave reviews and stood strong at the top jazz radio charts of the US and Canada for more than 3 months!

The Band

The Eyal Vilner Big Band includes 16 phenomenal musicians, and I feel so fortunate to have all of them in my band. They each have a unique sound and personality reflected in their playing. They are highly professional and play tightly as an ensemble, yet each of them adds his or her own perspective to the mix. It inspires me to write parts with these guys in mind and makes the big orchestra feel almost like a small band of soloists. 

An exciting new feature to this album will be a vocal trio comprised of three of my favorite singers. They bring so much joy and energy to the music, you won’t be able to stand still!

The Musicians:

Eyal Vilner - alto sax, clarinet and flute, compositions, arrangements and conducting

Charenee Wade, Nadia Washington, Charles Turner - vocals

Dan Block - alto and soprano sax, clarinet and flute 

Andrew Gould - alto sax, clarinet and flute

Asaf Yuria - tenor sax

Lucas Pino - tenor sax, clarinet, flute and bass clarinet

Eden Bareket - baritone sax and clarinet

Bryan Davis - trumpet and flugelhorn 

Greg Gisbert - trumpet and flugelhorn

Matt Jodrell - trumpet and flugelhorn

Wayne Tucker - trumpet and flugelhorn

John Mosca - trombone

Nick Finzer - trombone

Max Seigal - trombone

Tadataka Unno - piano

Jennifer Vincent - bass

Joe Strasser - drums

The New Album 

 Two years after releasing our first album, and with a growing repertoire of unrecorded original arrangements and compositions, we are more ready than ever to record a new album!  

We plan to record the album with the entire band together in the same room, without headphones or isolation booths. Playing everything live, we’ll capture the swinging energy and passion of a live concert while maintaining high sound quality enabled by the top-notch recording equipment of the professional Bunker Studios.

Funding

Recording an album is not cheap, let alone a 16-piece big band album! The money raised in this campaign will help fund: The musicians, recording studio, mixing, mastering, artwork and design, printing the new album and of course, making sure you’ll get your copy as well as the other rewards!

Thank you so much for your support! With your help we can make it happen!

Eyal

From the Press

“Eyal Vilner's skills as a musician are unquestionable, but his talents as a composer, arranger and bandleader are what's truly on display on Introducing The Eyal Vilner Big Band, a remarkable debut recording from a group poised to take their place among the major big bands of the East. Vilner offers clever charts, excellent musicianship and an exciting new sound in the finest tradition of contemporary big band music.” 

~Edward Blanco, All About Jazz NY

“With multiple lyrical lines and harmonic boundaries shattered with alarming regularity the Eyal Vilner Big Band is scoring their own arrangement that should soon have them at the pinnacle of big band success. While keeping one foot firmly in the history and a keen lyrical eye on the present, Eyal Vilner is a formidable force to be reckoned with in the big band idiom.” 

~Brent Black, Critical Jazz

“(Vilner) revives a classic style of music and refines it to appeal to contemporary audiences. Vilner is all about showing beauty through music, coordinating instrument parts, layering them and integrating them into positively-charged melodies that are soothing on the ears and caressing to the soul.” 

~Susan Frances, Yahoo!

Video by: Arlene Gould

Cover pictures by: Grayson Dantzic 

In the video, pictures by: John Rogers, Michelle Watt, Ayala Gazit, Eldad Eitan and Arlene Gould

Risks and challenges

I feel very confident going into this new adventure. I've produced our debut album all by myself and took care of all the pre- and post-production processes. This experience taught me so much and I know I’m ready to face this challenge. This time, I also have the honor to work alongside Mr. Andy Farber, who will co-produce the album with me. Mr. Farber has many years of experience as a composer, arranger and big band producer.

That being said, some unexpected delays are part of life. We promise to keep our backers updated for any problems or delays that might come along and do our best to have the album ready on schedule. We can't wait to share our music with you!

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    Thanks for your support and positive energies!

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    THE DIGITAL: Pre-release digital download of the album!
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    THE FULL-EVBB-SET! (digital)
    - Digital download of both the new album and our debut album - Introducing the Eyal Vilner Big Band! and a Thank You email too!

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    THE HARD COPY: Be the first to hold the album in your hands! and a Thank You email too!

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    THE DEDICATED TO YOU! - Hard copy of the new album signed by Eyal with a personal thank you note! You also get: digital download of our debut album

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    THE FULL-EVBB-SET IN YOUR HANDS! - Hard copy of the new album and our debut album both signed by Eyal with a personal thank you note!

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    THE SOURCE! - copy of original hand-written sketch paper of your favorite song on the album. See where the ideas came from and how they developed! You also get: signed CD + personal thank you note!

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    JOIN THE PARTY! (New York or Tel Aviv) - Once the music is ready you'll be invited to a pre-release Listening Party! The album will be heard publicly for the first time and we'll raise a toast!
    You also get: Signed CD + digital download + personal thank you note!

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    THE SCORE: Get a performance-ready PDF of the parts and score of your favorite song in the album. You also get: digital download of the album

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    THE LESSON: Private lesson with Eyal face to face or via Skype. Lessons can be on saxophone, clarinet, flute, improvisation, arranging, composing and more. You also get a digital download of the album

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    THE HAPPY BIRTHDAY! - Allow us to celebrate with you! We'll record a video with a personal birthday greeting by Eyal followed by our version of Happy Birthday to you or your loved ones!
    You also get: Signed CD + personal thank you note!

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    THE CREDIT! - You'll be on the album, literally! Special thank you on the album's liner notes. You also get: signed CD + Join The Party package + personal thank you call via phone or Skype!

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    THE PRIVATE-CONCERT! (trio) - Eyal's trio will come to play a private concert at your home, office or event. Year round in New York and July-August or December 2014 in Israel. Other places are possible as well but traveling fees might be added. You also get: signed CD with a personal thank you note!

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    THE PRODUCERS! - You'll be credited as a producer on the album, You also get: signed CD + personal thank you note and phone call + digital download + Join The Party package + the Happy Birthday package + 2 tickets to our CD release show in New York or Israel.

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    YOUR SONG! - Eyal will write a full big band arrangement of your favorite song and we'll shoot a video of the band playing it! In addition, you'll get two special sneak peek videos of the writing process and witness how a new big band piece is born! You also get: signed CD + personal thank you note + Join The Party package + 2 tickets to our CD release show in New York or Israel.

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    THE PRIVATE-CONCERT! (full big band) - The Eyal Big Band will come to play your private event. Available throughout 2015 by appointment. Extra travel fees may apply if location is out of NYC. You also get: signed CD + personal thank you note + Join The Party package + 2 tickets to our CD release show in New York or Israel.

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    THE GOLD STANDARD! - Our endless thank you forever and ever! You’re really making a difference! You’ll be credited as the producer and sponsor of the album, we’ll record a song of your choice (Your Song! package), you'll get a signed CD + our debut album + personal thank you note + digital download + 4 VIP tickets for our CD release show and for the Join The Party package + the Happy Birthday package + an invitation to our dress rehearsal and to the mixing session of the album. Join us behind the scene to see how it all comes together!

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Funding period

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