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Sep 25

Master Class with Tim Davies, moderated by Sylvester Rivers

September 25 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm PDT

Master Class with Tim Davies, moderated by Sylvester Rivers: The Musical (and not so musical) Skills Needed In Today’s Arranging World

Sat Sept 25 – LA 12 PM  |  NY 3 PM  |  UK 8 PM

ASMAC Members: Free *, $5 Affiliated Organizations *, $10 General Admission*** (please see footnotes below for details)

Tim Davies Master Class


Sylvester Rivers

The Musical (and not so musical) Skills Needed In Today’s Arranging World

Tim Davies discusses his approach and specialized techniques, including his recent arranging projects for the BBC Proms featuring Moses Sumney, The Kennedy Center’s 50th Gala and the Bobs Burgers Movie


Tim Davies leads a very busy musical life. Born and educated in Australia, now based in Los Angeles, the Grammy- and Annie-nominated musician splits his time between orchestrating for features, television, and video games; composing his own scores; and conducting and arranging for orchestras all around the globe.

His film and TV credits as lead orchestrator and/or conductor include Frozen and Frozen 2, both Ant-Man movies, The Lego Movie 2, La La Land, Trolls, The Peanuts Movie, The Croods: A New Age, Free Guy, Empire and WandaVision. He is the most prolific orchestrator and conductor in the world of video games, having worked on multiple titles from the God of War, Infamous, Sims, Ratchet and Clank, Resistance and Batman franchises, Marvel’s Spider-man and the upcoming Halo: Infinite. A full list of credits can be found on IMDB. He is currently lead orchestrator for Christophe Beck, Mark Mothersbaugh, and Fil Eisler. When not on the scoring stage, Davies can be found on the podium conducting orchestras in concert halls and other live venues specializing in film scores live to picture.

Davies has been asked to score several high profile projects. He has special relationships with Mexican directors Jorge Gutierrez and Guillermo del Toro. He is currently scoring Gutierrez’s upcoming show Maya and the Three, and previously collaborated with two-time Oscar winner Gustavo Santaolalla to score The Book of Life. He also received an Annie nomination for his work scoring all three seasons of Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia, executive produced by del Toro, and contributed additional music for Crimson Peak. In 2019 del Toro asked him to produce and conduct a concert of scores from his movies with the Jalisco Philharmonic in his home town of Guadalajara, Mexico.

His next project is del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities.

Davies is an active pop and jazz arranger as well. Highlights include arranging and playing drums for the twentieth anniversary concert of NAS’ Illmatic and being lead arranger for Kendrick Lamar’s performance of To Pimp a Butterfly, both featuring the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Other collaborations with the NSO have included shows with Ledisi, Common, Maxwell, and Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds. He enjoys a close relationship with the Metropole Orchestra in the Netherlands and has recently written for concerts featuring Donny McCaslin, Cory Henry and Ibeyi. He has contributed arrangements for several recent BBC Proms concerts, most recently the BBC Symphony and Moses Sumney. He has been on the arranging team for the last two Academy Awards Ceremonies and has written string arrangements for Amy Winehouse, Miguel, Cee Lo Green, and Akon. When not working for others he can be found playing drums and writing for his own group, the 18-piece Tim Davies Big Band, for which he has received two Grammy nominations for Best Instrumental Composition, in 2010 and 2016.

In 2013 he launched his orchestration blog, www.debreved.com, which has since become an important resource for composers and orchestrators.

About Sylvester Rivers

Composer, arranger and pianist Sylvester Rivers has recorded with numerous hit artists including Lionel Richie, Diana Ross, The Jacksons, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dionne Warwick, Nancy Wilson, Kenny Rogers, Johnny Mathis, Aretha Franklin, New Edition, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Barry White, Marc Bolan & T. Rex, Ray Parker, Jr. & Raydio, Deniece Williams, The Fifth Dimension and many others. Composing, arranging and orchestrating for television and film, as well, such as the television series, “Fame,” songs for the Kevin Bacon/ Laurence Fishburne film, “Quicksilver,” “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo,” “The Arsenio Hall Show” and numerous others, he has been prolific in producing music throughout a wide spectrum.

Find out more about Syvester Rivers by visiting his website: http://www.sylvesterrivers.com/


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