Ebony Band

Ebony Band
The Ebony Band was founded in 1990 by Werner Herbers. Its core is made up of musicians from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The ensemble specializes in modern, adventurous music primarily from the first half of the 20th century.

Biography

Biography Ebony Band

The Ebony Band was founded in 1990 by Werner Herbers. Its core is made up of musicians from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. The ensemble specializes in modern, adventurous music primarily from the first half of the 20th century. Special attention is focused on the (frequently unjustly) forgotten music of lesser known composers, deemed to be worthy of revival. The Ebony Band devoted many programs to German and Czech music at the time of the Weimar Republic, which the nazis called ‘degenerated music’. Other programs focused on composers involved in the Spanish Civil War, Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas and unknown Russians from the Twenties. Several concerts have been given in collaboration with actors, dancers and writers, or with the addition of slide or film projection. The Ebony Band has also performed operas (Wolpe, Gronostay, Grosz) and radioplays (Seiber, Gronostay, Kahn, Goehr). Many of the ensembles recordings have been awarded prizes: Edisons, Gramophone’s Editors Choice, Diapason d’Or. The extended Ebony Big Band played and recorded jazz influenced music by cool-jazz composers (Carisi, Russo, Russell) and repertoire of the legendary Innovations Orchestra of Stan Kenton (Graettinger, Rugolo, Marks). After 17 years of performing in Europe (Berlin, Paris, Vienna, Warsaw, Prague and all over the Netherlands) and North America (New York, Toronto), the group stopped regular concert giving. The goal of the group now is the registration of detailed information about the music of the interbellum on record and the internet www.ebonyband.nl

Biography Werner Herbers

Werner Herbers, son of German emigrants, was principal oboist of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra for thirty-five years. As a classical soloist he has appeared with conductors such as Haitink, Harnoncourt, Berio, De Waart and Chailly and as a jazz oboist has performed with amongst others the Jazz Orchestra of the Concertgebouw. For over 25 years Herbers was also first oboist in the Netherlands Wind Ensemble until the group disbanded in 1988 (much of this time in his additional capacity as Joint Artistic Director). In 1990 he founded the Ebony Band. Herbers, who studied oboe, piano and conducting in Amsterdam, has directed several ensembles in New York, Berlin and Vienna. In the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Herbers led the Dutch jazz and pop orchestra, The Metropole Orchestra, in a program of music by Duke Ellington, Robert Graettinger and Kurt Weill. Furthermore, he has conducted the Brabants Orchestra, the winds of the Budapest Festival Orchestra and will conduct the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra in November 2009.

For many years, Werner Herbers was professor at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague. He also worked as a coach at the Pacific Music Festival (Sapporo/Japan) and the Canton International Summer Academy (Guangzhou/China).

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