I am really an arranger that fell into orchestrating. There is something really satisfying about taking a tune and turning it into something new. While I have done many arrangements for film and television, my work has also been performed by big bands and orchestras all over the world including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the National Symphony, the Melbourne Symphony, The London Symphony, and the Metropole Orkest in the Netherlands.
I recently provided arrangements of two Moses Sumney songs, “Bless Me” and “Colouour,” for Moses in concert with the BBC Symphony at the BBC Proms 2021.
I also arranged a Robbie Williams tune, “Come Undone,” for the Metropole Orkest, which then went on to record this tune for his album XXV.
The Metropole Orkest also recently performed a concert tribute to Nina Simone featuring Lisa Fischer and Ledisi, as well as the women of LaSharVu. I contributed a pair of charts to this concert, including “Four Women.”
I’ve also done a number of shows for the Kennedy Center featuring collaborations between various artists and the National Symphony Orchestra. Recently I contributed a couple charts for the Kennedy Center’s 50th Anniversary Gala.
The Kennedy Center jobs all grew out of a gig I did a number of years ago with producer Salaam Remi, who used my strings for Nas’ track A Queens Story:
This then led to me arranging a bunch of Nas tunes for a concert celebrating the anniversary of his album Illmatic. Here’s one of the tracks I did for that show, “Life’s a Bitch.”