Lecture and Workshop with Michael Abene on Composition and Arranging Techniques
Michael Abene is a composer, arranger, keyboard player and record producer. He was the Musical Director, Principle Composer/Arranger of the WDR Radio Big Band of Cologne
Abene will talk about his own composition and arranging techniques and will discuss selected compositions and arrangements of the students.
Dauer: 14:00 - 16:30
About Michael Abene
Michael Abene is a composer, arranger, keyboard player and record producer and from 2004 t0 2014 he was the Musical Director, Principle Composer/Arranger of the WDR Radio Big Band of Cologne, Germany, considered by many to be one of the great big bands in Europe. In 2011, Michael accepted the position of Professor of Ensemble Conducting at the KUG Jazz Institute in Graz, Austria. Michael also served as the Associate Music Director of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop and was an Associate Professor of Jazz Composition at Manhattan School of Music.
Michael arranged, conducted, produced, along with singer Patti Austin, the Grammy winning “Avant Gershwin”. He also arranged and conducted the Grammy nominated “Symphonnica” featuring Joe Lovano. Michael produced and wrote a number of arrangements for all three Grammy nominated GRP All-Star Big Band recordings. Michael arranged and conducted two recordings for Funkmaster Maceo Parker, “Roots and Grooves” and “Soul Classics”, “Van’s Joint” featuring saxophonist Bill Evans, Dave Weckl and bassist Mark Egan. Other artists Michael has arranged for are Eddie Daniels, Randy Brecker, Mike Stern, John Scofield, Dick Oatts, Gary Burton, Kurt Elling, Terell Stafford, Dianne Reeves, Tom Harrell, Paquito D’Rivera, Mike Mainieri and Steps Ahead and John Abercrombie. He also has a number of composition students in Europe and the US focusing on Big Band and Orchestral writing.
The recently released “Jazz Composition and Arranging in the Digital Age” by Richard Sussman and Michael Abene is published by Oxford University Press and is considered an excellent addition to the individual library for self education and as a textbook for formal study.
Michael continues to arrange and conduct big bands and orchestras.