Tim Davies Biography
Tim Davies is one of the busiest conductors and orchestrators in Hollywood. His film and TV credits include La La Land, Trolls, Minions, Ant-Man, Empire, The Peanuts Movie, The Muppets, Lego Ninjago and Frozen. He is also the most prolific orchestrator and conductor in the world of video games having worked on multiple titles from the God of War, Infamous, Sims, Resistance and Batman: Arkham series. He is also becoming known in the concert hall having conducted Frozen Live with the National Symphony Orchestra of Taiwan, and Pokemon: Symphonic Evolutions with the Baltimore and San Diego Symphonies. In January 2018 Davies conducted the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, for the first time, featuring his arrangements for Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds.
In fact, Davies remains an active arranger as well. The Babyface concert was the most recent in a string of collaborations with the NSO that have included arranging and playing drums for the twentieth anniversary concert of NAS’ Illmatic, being lead arranger for Kendrick Lamar’s recent performance of To Pimp a Butterfly, and working on shows with artists Ledisi and Common. He has arranged for albums by chart-topping artists Amy Winehouse, Akon, Miguel, Cee Lo Green and for orchestras all over the world from the Los Angeles Philharmonic to The Netherlands Metropol Orkest. He plays drums and writes for his own group, the 18-piece Tim Davies Big Band, and received Grammy nominations for Best Instrumental Composition in 2010 and 2016.
Recently Davies has been in demand as a composer, beginning with a collaboration with two-time Oscar winner Gustavo Santaolalla on the score to the Fox animated film The Book of Life. This was also the beginning of a relationship with producer/director Guillermo del Toro, which led to writing additional music for Crimson Peak and now creating the Annie-nominated score for his TV show, Trollhunters, produced by Dreamworks Animation for Netflix.
In 2013 he launched his orchestration blog www.debreved.com, which has since become an important resource for composers and orchestrators all over the world. Davies is on the board of Education Through Music Los Angeles, helping provide music education for underprivileged children.