Stewart Copeland recently completed another score and I was again his orchestrator and music copyist. It’s a percussion concerto that will be premiered by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in the UK, and today we sent the finished manuscripts to them. The concert will be May 23, 2014 at a show titled Bringing Down The House. The scores are published by G. Schirmer.
Thank you Canada! David Foster, the legendary producer and composer, held a benefit titled Miracle Concert tonight in which he raised $4.2 Million for the David Foster Foundation, which supports families of children who are in need of life-saving organ transplants. I’m very proud to have helped Brian Benison with transcriptions and sheet music preparation for the show.
Today we began recording sessions at the Sony Scoring stage for the Dreamworks film The Need For Speed. The fantastic film score is by composer Nathan Furst, and I am helping to orchestrate the score under lead orchestrator Penka Kouneva. The film is essentially a nostalgic American action film, and the 80 piece orchestra sounds amazing. More photos are available on my Facebook page.
This weekend I was again teaching an immersive set of seminars on film scoring at Citrus College to a group of Japanese composers and producers. Over two days I took them on a tour of The Bridge Recording where we visited with film composer Mark Isham, taught them some fundamentals of composing for film, and guided them through scoring a scene of their own on a short deadline. The students were exchange students from the music production and engineering program at Nagoya School of Music.
Mary J Blige released her Christmas album `A Mary Christmas’ on Oct 15th. The legendary David Foster produced the album and will be producing the live shows as well. Brian Benison and I created new sheet music for the live shows so that they will sound exactly like the album. Watch their calendars for dates, because it will be phenomenal!
Composer and USC professor Chris Roze has written a new piece for the Colburn School’s Faculty Showcase Concert. I did the score preparation for Chris. The concert will be November 22 in Zipper Hall, it’s FREE, and it will feature some of the best musicians on the planet. If you’re near downtown LA you shouldn’t miss it.
Ric Wilson is a music legend and one of the driving forces behind Mandrill, the Grammy-winning and very frequently sampled world-funk band. Singer and vibraphonist Roy Ayers is a part of their upcoming project, and I did transcriptions and score preparation for Roy and for the sessions that begin this week.
Kyle Bielfield is a classical tenor, and today he released an album titled “Stopping By” of American poets and composers, both past and living. The album was released by Delos, my second album with the label. I was the music copyist and score editor for his recording sessions.