Michael Conrad
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  • Waterloo, IA
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Michael Conrad replied to Zack Sulsky's discussion Arranging Ellington: Final Submissions in the group Jazz
"Dan - I loved the way you blurred the line between what is written and what is improvised. It was really interesting to follow along in your score the second time I listened through it. I was surprised that so many of the melodic fragments that…"
Dec 15, 2013
Michael Conrad commented on Darcy James Argue's blog post Arranging Ellington: Recommended Listening
"I look forward to checking out Something to Live For. I had never heard of this book, so thanks for including it on your Recommended Reading. I'm sure this isn't the first time that I've given credit to Ellington for something that…"
Nov 22, 2013
Michael Conrad commented on Darcy James Argue's blog post Arranging Ellington: Recommended Listening
"Darcy,Thanks so much for this post. Like many others (I'm sure), I was drawn to the Newport '56 recording at an early age. In particular, "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue" (as well as the whole story of the drama behind…"
Nov 18, 2013
Michael Conrad replied to Aaron Siegel's discussion What the difference between Composing and Arranging? in the group Composing
"Good question. In some ways, I think the simpler the melody/original material, the better suited it is for arranging. If you're trying to arrange a piece that already has a great deal of development and complexity built into it (motivic…"
Nov 9, 2013
Michael Conrad replied to Aaron Siegel's discussion What the difference between Composing and Arranging? in the group Composing
"I guess for me arranging has always seemed just a bit easier than composing, because you have source material to work with. Then the process is really just about developing that material. As long as the material is good (and if it isn't, why…"
Nov 8, 2013
Michael Conrad replied to Zack Sulsky's discussion Balancing the composer's intent with your own voice in the group Jazz
"I think this is especially hard for me with Ellington, because once I see how he has arranged his own piece, I think "well, I can't come up with anything better than that!""
Oct 29, 2013
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"Game of Pairs" - Bartok, arr. Conrad

"Yes - I felt VERY lucky to have the opportunity to write for Studio Orchestra and to get this arrangement performed on a concert. If anyone is interested in checking out the original Bartok piece, here's a video of the entire Concerto for…"
Oct 28, 2013
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Transcen-dance by Mike Conrad - Eastman Jazz Ensemble

"Thanks for listening to it, and thanks for the comments! I'm really looking forward to getting started on something for Arranging Ellington. I've gotten so much out of studying Ellington's music, and I'm excited to learn from the…"
Oct 28, 2013
Zack Sulsky commented on Michael Conrad's video
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"Game of Pairs" - Bartok, arr. Conrad

"It must be nice to have such a skilled ensemble to write for! This reminds me a lot of the Ellington-Strayhorn version of the Nutcracker suite in places, and of Gil Evans' arrangements for Miles at others, especially in the brass. I'm very…"
Oct 28, 2013
Zack Sulsky commented on Michael Conrad's video
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Transcen-dance by Mike Conrad - Eastman Jazz Ensemble

"Hi Michael. Welcome to Musical Exchange, and thanks for sharing your music. The use of tension and release in this piece is really wonderfully done (as is just about everything else about it!). So often as composers and arrangers we write complex,…"
Oct 28, 2013
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Oct 27, 2013
Michael Conrad joined Carnegie Hall's group
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Oct 27, 2013
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Oct 27, 2013
Michael Conrad is now a member of Carnegie Hall Musical Exchange
Oct 26, 2013

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I am a:
Teacher, Performing Artist
My school is:
Waterloo West High School
My style(s) of music:
Jazz
I am interested in:
Composing / Arranging, Music Theory
My musical instrument(s):
Piano / keyboard, Trombone
My favorite artists, influences, and inspirations are:
Duke Ellington, Gil Evans, George Russell, Bela Bartok, Igor Stravinsky

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