Category Archives: Music

Orchestral Arrangements

For those who live in the Chattanooga area:

This coming Monday, April 24th, the L’Abri Symphony Orchestra, a local community orchestra, will be performing a concert of Academy Award-winning songs.

I arranged a couple of songs for this concert, including one for solo violin and orchestra, and will conduct one song. The concert starts at 7:00 PM, with doors opening at 6:20. Tickets are $5 at the door.

The concert will take place at The Colonnade Auditorium, 264 Catoosa Circle, Ringgold, GA 30736 – (706) 935-9000.

Futureman’s Future

Futureman, best know as the incredibly talented drummer for Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, just sent out an update about some of the different projects he’s working on.

The Golden Key -This is a musical animation project that Futureman has been working on for two years with animator Charlie Case. “The Golden Key” is episode 3 of Charlie Case’s Star Chronicles series and is an imaginative visual and sonic journey created around Futureman’s music from his self produced CD called “the Seamless Script.”
Futureman has added to his original “Seamless Script” score with extra musical insights including experimental melodies derived from Pi, the Schuman resonance and the Periodic table of elements as tonal frequencies.
There is a second DVD disc that features extra animation, insights, and enlightening commentary from Futureman, Charlie Case, Dr. Wayne Kirby and Dr. Greg Olsen about the Golden Key and thoughts on music, mathematics, mythology, art, language, science, geometry, dreams, philosophy and numbers.
Futureman and animator Charlie Case present Star Chronicles 3 “the Golden key” — COMING SOON – SUMMER 2006

Also coming FALL 2006: Futureman presents “The Black Mozart”, a two part hour long double string quartet composed from Futureman’s newly created Royel Touch Keyboard/ piano that is dedicated to the revolutionary 17th century violin virtuoso and composer Chevalier de Saint Georges who was also known as the Black Mozart. For more information about Saint Georges visit lemozartnoir.com

For more information on Futureman and to hear samples of his solo music, visit:
myspace.com/futuremanmusic / futuremanmusic.com

The Velveteen Rabbit

If you are in the Nashville area this weekend, the Nashville Ballet Company is premiering a new ballet written by Nashville composer, arranger, and orchestrator Don Hart and choreographed by Paul Vasterling.

The ballet, based on the classic children’s story by Margery Williams, originally was supposed to have about 30 minutes of music, but by the time it was finished included more than twice that amount. The Nashville Symphony is performing the score, with Paul Gambill conducting.

Concerning the working process, Don related the following to nashvillecitypaper.com:

“We’ve moved it from England to the South, and I’ve utilized some things to reflect the period (early ‘20s),” Hart said. “There are some jazz and 20th century classical things, and it reflects the influences of composers like Gershwin, Ravel and Stravinsky. The story goes through some fantasy elements and it’s been done to be more of a family piece, rather than just a children’s story.”

Hart added that he’d been working on the piece about a year and a half, and that there were some alterations and adjustments that had to be made in order to make it compatible for dancers.

I have had the chance to attend rehearsals of the dancers and the orchestra, as well as the dress rehearsal, and can attest to its excellence and appeal. Don and Paul have done a wonderful job of transferring the story from book to stage and music. I’m looking forward to hearing the suites Don is planning on arranging of this music.