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Arranging Ellington

Congratulations to Michael Conrad for his winning submission to the Arranging Ellington project! Our review panel was impressed by the depth and inventiveness of all of the submissions, but Michael’s arrangement of “Come Sunday” was particularly remarkable. 


Due to the high quality of submissions we received, we have decided that two other arrangements from the project will also be performed at the concert on March 30th at Carnegie Hall. We would like to congratulate Dan O’Brien and Stephanie Wieseler on being selected to have their arrangements performed this spring.


Click here to listen to the winning arrangements. 



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Comment by Pamela Soria Sánchez on January 25, 2012 at 12:19am

Hello everyone!

Here's the link to my first blog post regarding this project (I hope it works...):


Comment by Paola Prestini on January 24, 2012 at 4:00pm

Looking forward to having them!

I wanted to expand on the notion of keeping a sound journal...

if you can record sounds that mean something to you in your every day life that somehow relate to your song or image, I can them help you integrate it into a soundscape for electronics if you wish to have that in your piece. I use LOGIC, but garageband works well should you have that! Anyway, concentrate on finding that song or image you relate to and mapping it onto a timeline and musical tree and we will take it one step at a time! Thanks!

Comment by Carmen Zavaleta on January 24, 2012 at 3:55pm

Hi everyone! Our students are on vacations right now. They’re going to return at school next week, and I think they’re going to join to Musical Exchange :)

Comment by Paola Prestini on January 23, 2012 at 8:34pm

Will be great to have you Carlos! Looking forward!

Comment by Carlos Adrián Oropeza Ramos on January 23, 2012 at 8:13pm

Hello everyone of Composing project group, I was late for the chat.

I am sorry, anyway We are going to start working on compositions.

Sounds great!!!


Comment by Christopher Amos on January 23, 2012 at 7:56pm

Thanks to everyone who participated in the great chat tonight!  I've already heard from a few people who were not able to join us but wanted to be there.  I put together two pages that give more information on the entry points for this project, based on information shared in the chat:

Also, be sure to check out the beautiful webpage that Paola has created for this project, including many more samples from her work.  You'll find it here:

Finally, it is not too late to join!  We'll be checking the site every day for new work, even if you were not able to make it to tonight's chat.  Paola and the rest of the Musical Exchange team look forward to hearing what you are creating!

Comment by Christopher Amos on January 23, 2012 at 7:51pm

Here is the video about collaboration that Paola mentions in her post below:

Comment by Paola Prestini on January 23, 2012 at 11:11am

Hello friends! I am so excited to begin. I've been thinking about the first "challenge". Please take a look at this page:

We will be utilizing specific visual tools for composing. Take a close look at the timeline. This is for a piece called BodyMaps. When I began thinking about this piece, which is a collaboration with the Mexican artist, Erika Harrsch, I thought alot about how we would communicate. I decided a linear timeline would be best in terms of when things would occur, and how we would organize our thoughts.

However, I do not just think linearly! Sometimes we want to think vertically, and so I've often used musical trees where I organize material in terms of heirarchy of importance...

So I want you to attempt using a timeline and musical tree for a musical idea you will develop during these weeks with me!

As for ideas to develop....I've thought alot about that, too. One of the things that thrilled me is that we are connecting through all these cultures.

So I've chosen two prompts for what you use as your musical idea:

1. A folk tune from your country that you love

Take a look at the site above. Listen to fimmene, the original folk song I recorded, and then listen to how I intrepreted it.

2. Using a preexisting story can also work. 

I've been in love with Kandinsky's book, Sounds, forever. Take a look at the book, posted on the site above, and see if it inspires you. If not, take a story that you love, and we will work with that as the source for your composition.

Lastly, I love to collaborate. It has driven my artistic life. So, I've created a little film about collaboration that I might help you in this virtual community!

I will post in soon. I can't wait to begin this adventure!



Comment by Christopher Amos on January 17, 2012 at 4:37pm

As we get ready to kick-off Paola's project next week, here's a preview of what Paola has been working on recently--her opera, Oceanic Verses



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