Although Evan is best known for being a one-man mandolin band, he also loves to perform in ensembles. Some music, like the Classical Concerto, calls for both: A soloist has a conversation with an orchestra, interrupted by the Grand Cadenza, in which the soloist takes off on an unaccompanied excursion; he then returns to the conversation, and soloist and orchestra conclude together.
Evan has been writing Grand Cadenzas of late, further adventures in creating new solo repertory for the mandolin. Now to find an orchestra with which to record the rest of the Concerto…
Another recent project has been arranging Old-Time fiddle tunes in four-part harmony, borrowing a technique used by J. S. Bach in the Brandenburg Concertos. According to Evan: “They’re fiddle tunes that think they’re Baroque Concertos, being played by an orchestra that thinks it’s a jam session.”
In order to record these projects of an orchestral nature, Evan formed Estudiantina de San Gabriel, his in-studio mandolin quintet. Liberty ‘N’ Whiskey are examples of Old-Time fiddle tunes in neo-Baroque four-part harmony.