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Working with Kendrick Lamar

In October I went back to the Kennedy Center to work with Kendrick Lamar and the National Symphony. Kendrick performed his album To Pimp a Butterfly with the orchestra and I was the lead arranger. Thanks to Jeremy Levy, Chris Walden, and Joe Trapanese for helping with additional arrangements. Having done Nas in 2014, and now Kendrick in 2015, I can’t wait to see what they have in mind for 2016!

Look out for How to be Single. Fil Eisler wrote the score, and Fil and I did an arrangement of “Have yourself a merry little Christmas.” We are about to get back into Season 2 of Empire, and Fil has a few more movies coming up later this year. I am particularly looking forward to CHiPs, as I was a huge fan as a kid and I still sing the theme every time I ride my bike on an LA freeway.

I am about to head to London to conduct Matthew Margeson and Mike Higham‘s score for Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Jeremy and I have been busy orchestrating the score for the last few weeks. We also did some more music for Best Fiends, a video game scored by Heitor Pereira.

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