Stewart Copeland’s percussion concerto in San Antonio

Stewart Copeland‘s percussion concerto Tyrant’s Crush premiered last February with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and it played again last night with the San Antonio Orchestra, again featuring Stewart as the soloist. I was his music copyist, prepared the final engraving of the manuscripts for publication with G. Schirmer, and made some minor contributions to the orchestration.

This review from Classical Voice America discusses the orchestration with some detail.

With four other percussionists playing a massive battery of percussion, it’s a highly energetic and engaging piece. The reviews of the show are coming out today, and (unsurprisingly) they are very positive. Stewart’s music is always very playful, and it’s always a pleasure to work with him.


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Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith album

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith is a singer and classical guitar and piano player who evolved into an electronic musician who focuses on modular synthesis. I just completed a project with her in which live orchestral musicians in Berlin were recorded in loop-ready segments. Those loops will be processed, sequenced, and mixed with her electronic sounds. I was her orchestrator and music copyist, and it was a pleasure to work with her on such an unusual collision of musical worlds.

Pierce Brosnan film

Pierce Brosnan stars in The King’s Daughter, a new film scored by composer Grant Kirkhope. It is based on the historical/sci-fi novel The Moon and the Sun by Vonda N. McIntyre, and Brosnan plays King Louis XIV. The film will be released later this year by Paramount. I orchestrated for Grant with the extraordinary Penka Kouneva.

Ninja Turtles movie release

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been around since the late 80’s, and it was my pleasure to be part of the orchestration team for the summer blockbuster “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” produced by Nickelodeon and Paramount. The film score was composed by Steve Jablonsky, and our orchestration team was led by Penka Kouneva. We recorded a wonderful union orchestra at Warner Brothers Studios.

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Copeland’s “Tyrant’s Crush”

The New West Symphony just performed a new symphony by Stewart Copeland, for which I was the music copyist and contributing orchestrator. The first concerto written with his own drumset performance in mind, it features his brilliant drumming plus complimentary parts for members of the percussion section and an array of exotic percussion. The work celebrates the un-tapped virtuosity of the symphonic percussion section and demonstrates that the distance between rock drummer and timpani virtuoso is not as far as one may think.
Thursday, May 12, 2016, Santa Monica
Friday, May 13, 2016, Oxnard
Saturday, May 14, 2016, Thousand Oaks

Nina film released

A film titled Nina about the legendary musician Nina Simone was released today. I orchestrated the film score with composer Ruy Folguera, and we recorded the score in Prague. The film was written and directed by Cynthia Mort and stars Zoe Saldana.

Ben Hur in Concert

A show I am very proud of is coming to LA. The most expensive silent film ever made, 1925’s “Ben-Hur” includes an enormous cast and crew and a visual scope that is breathtaking to this day. Stewart Copeland, former drummer for The Police, composed new music for the Hollywood epic. He plays drums and percussion as the Pacific Symphony perform the score live and perfectly in sync with the movie screening above them.

I orchestrated for Stewart and helped him sync the live orchestra to the film. It was two years of work, and it’s the coolest silent film you’ll ever watch.

March 16 at the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge
March 18, 19 at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa