In conjunction with the recent facelift of the website it's probably about time I resurfaced on here! Lots to talk about actually. Recently I've found myself writing and arranging quite a lot of music which is always something I enjoy getting stuck into. I've certainly had my work cut out with projects varying from orchestrating music for an 11 piece band in Ibiza playing swing/big band, pop and soul classics, to writing charts for the UK's top Beyonce tribute act, to transcribing drum parts for prog-rock band King Crimson for their upcoming European tour.
On the playing front I really enjoyed being a part of the launch of the London Musical Theatre Orchestra at the end of June. As a drummer, it's always a bit of a treat to play alongside a full orchestral section (strings in particular!) and it was great to perform a selection of some fantastic show music from across the years, from Gershwin's Crazy for You, to Frank Loesser's Guys and Dolls, and some home turf for me with a bit of Wicked thrown in, among other works. The LMTO is all set for great things and I'm sure it will do well in the future. Read more about it and the launch night here, and via their website www.lmto.org.
After that it was off to Switzerland with the Misha Mullov-Abbado Group for 3 days playing at the Villars 'Big' - a festival gearing itself more toward big band music, despite being a cosy little town up in the mountains. We were perhaps a bit of an exception being a sextet, but glad they wanted to include us in the programme. Waking up to beautiful mountainous scenery with the snow capped Alps in view, a continental breakfast and hearing a swinging big band rehearsing is definitely my kind of morning!
Looking forward to the rest of the summer. Bye for now!