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People often ask me about breaking into arranging and what I suggest. I always say just do it, find a song or an acapela and add your own shit to it and put it out there, so here is my shit! I originally did this arrangement for Nas and the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center as part of the 20th Anniversary of Illmatic. I will tell the story of how I came up with it all in upcoming blog post. In the meantime…
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.…
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.