News and Updates
I recently sat down with my friend Nomad and chatted about life as a professional crotchet wrangler. I met Nomad when I arranged and conducted the show for Babyface at the Kennedy Center. Nomad was his music director and we spent a lot of time putting the show together and tweaking the setlist. Be sure to check out Nomad's awesome site. Here is our interview: Nomad and I with Babyface at the Kennedy Center
2020 started off with some cool arranging projects. Rickey Minor and Chris Walden had me on the arranging team for the Kennedy Centers Honors and the Academy Awards. I also wrote a few arrangements for Lianne La Havas and the BBC Symphony. Here is a review of the concert.
In February, I made my fourth conducting trip to Taiwan. This time it was to conduct Michael Giacchino's score for Pixar's Ratatouille. I really love Taiwan: the food, the people, it's such an awesome place to go and hang out. The Philharmonia Moments Musicaux were fantastic. I really enjoy doing these shows. They are a lot of work to study and prepare but I always learn a lot from really getting inside the score. This trip also coincided with the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak.…
Last year I received an email out of the blue asking if I would like to lead an orchestration workshop for the Singapore Symphony Orchestra. The plan was that we would pick eight participants and they would orchestrate Le Gibet from Ravel's Gaspard de la nuit. I thought it would also be cool for them to orchestrate some film music, so I picked a few cues from my Trollhunters score. The participants were Khachatur Khachatur, Joseph Lim, Dax Wilson, Alicia Chandra, Rachel Wong, Jessica Tam, Sulwyn Lok and Yong Ping. The workshop…
2019 was a busier than usual year for me as arranger. There was my show with Maxwell and the NSO, but also many arrangements for the Metropole Orkest from the Netherlands. Highlights included charts for Donny McCaslin, Ibeyi, Ledisi, Lisa Fischer, and Roberto Fonseca. Four Women, LIsa Fischer and Ledisi Donny McCaslin and the Metropole Orkest
THE EXPENSIVE TRAIN SET
The new CD from the Tim Davies Big Band
Grammy-nominated composer, arranger, drummer and band leader Tim Davies formed his first big band in 1998 in Melbourne, Australia. Its run was cut short by Tim's move to Los Angeles, but since 2000, Davies has released two recordings with his topflight LA band of seasoned session and touring players.
For The Expensive Train Set, Davies comes full-circle as he resurrects the Melbourne group and features both bands on four tunes each, with one new composition written for the two bands performing together. Davies creates arrangements grounded in the traditional, while adding elements from many influences to create a sound that is wide-ranging and cinematic a sure consequence of his award winning career as a major orchestrator for film, TV and events.