Jules Buckley. Grammy winning composer, arranger, and conductor, Jules Buckley has collaborated on a staggering discography of over 70 albums.
Jules has curated live and recording projects reimagining styles from jazz, disco, and soul to electronica, global and avant garde for orchestra with some of the hottest names in music including: Quincy Jones, Snarky Puppy, Michael Kiwanuka, Jacob Collier, Bokanté, Lianne La Havas, Massive Attack and many more.
Jules is co-founder and conductor of the Heritage Orchestra, Honorary Conductor of the Metropole Orkest (following his tenure as Chief Conductor) and Chief Artist in Association with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
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Tim Davies is a Grammy-nominated and Annie-winning composer, arranger, orchestrator, and conductor. He is a respected lead orchestrator and regular conductor in studios from Los Angeles to London. His credits for film and television include La La Land, Free Guy, Frozen movies, both Ant-Man movies, and many others. He also recently conducted his own award-winning score to Maya and the Three, recorded in Sydney, Australia. No stranger to the concert hall, he has led a number of live concerts, including for the National Symphony Orchestras of both the U.S. and Taiwan.
Michael R. Dudley Jr. is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and orchestrator based in upstate New York. Since earning a degree in Commercial Music Production at the University of Cincinnati, Michael has participated in many ensembles and concert series. These include multiple Grammy® Award-winning bands, such as the Maria Schneider Orchestra, Christian McBride Big Band, Brian Lynch Big Band, and the John Daversa Big Band, with which he recorded on the multi-Grammy Award-winning album, American Dreamers: Voices of Hope, Music of Freedom (Featuring DACA artists). He has shared the stage with the likes of John Williams, Quincy Jones, Maria Schneider, Take 6, Steve Miller, and many other notable artists across the music world. Michael is a recent graduate of the University of Miami - Frost School of Music with masters and doctoral degrees in jazz trumpet performance, and now is Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at SUNY Potsdam's Crane School of Music.
Vellu Halkosalmi is a guitarist, composer, arranger and conductor from Helsinki, Finland. He has been a sought-after arranger and bandleader for 20 years now, best known for his work with the Metropole Orchestra (NL), WDR Big Band (GER), and many other premiere European Big Bands and orchestras.
During his career, Halkosalmi has also been actively working in the field of music education. He spent a decade teaching at Pop & Jazz Conservatory in Helsinki and is the co-author of the best-selling music theory/ear training book in his homeland. Since 2017 he has been working for Yousician, the award-winning music education app.
Vince Mendoza has been at the forefront of the contemporary music scene as a composer, conductor and recording artist for the last 30 years, writing scores of compositions and arrangements for big band, chamber and symphonic settings. His credits read like a “who's who” of the best modern instrumentalists and singers in the world today. He has six Grammy awards and 34 nominations. Mendoza is the composer in residence with the West Deutsche Rundfunk in Köln and the Conductor Laureate of the Netherlands Metropole Orkest. Mendoza’s new recording “Freedom Over Everything” features his compositions with Antonio Sanchez, Julia Bullock, MC Black Thought and the Czech National Symphony. www.vincemendoza.net
Maria Schneider’s music, largely composed for her collective made up of many of the finest musicians in jazz today, has been hailed by critics as “evocative, majestic, magical, and heart-stoppingly gorgeous.” Blurring lines between genres, she’s received 14 Grammy® nominations and seven Grammy awards in jazz, classical, and for her work with David Bowie. Honors also include numerous awards from the Jazz Journalists Association, DOWNBEAT and JAZZTIMES, ASCAP’s Concert Music Award (2014), the nation's highest honor in jazz, “NEA Jazz Master” (2019), and election into the 2020 American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her album, Concert in the Garden, featuring Donny McCaslin’s Grammy-nominated solo, received the distinct honor of being inducted into the 2019 National Recording Registry.
Jamshied Sharifi is a New York-based composer, producer, and keyboardist. He has composed the scores for the feature films Harriet The Spy, Down To Earth, Clockstoppers, and Muppets From Space, as well as contributing music to numerous other films and television shows. As a producer, arranger, and keyboardist, he has recorded and/or performed with Paula Cole, Ray Charles, Dream Theater, Laurie Anderson, Hassan Hakmoun, Snatam Kaur, and many others, and has written orchestrations for the Broadway shows The Last Ship and The Band’s Visit (for which he won a Tony Award in 2018).
Tony Visconti. Three-time Grammy winner, Tony Visconti, was born in Brooklyn and moved to London in 1967 to begin a career that led to him becoming one of the most important music producers in history.
Since Bowie released his eponymous album, "David Bowie," produced by Visconti in 1969, Tony has been a vital part of Bowie’s career including his final album, "Blackstar," winning two Grammys and Album of the Year at the Brit Awards. Visconti also produced iconic music by T. Rex, Morrissey, Sparks, the Moody Blues, Thin Lizzy, The Good, The Bad & The Queen and many others.