“Pure Imagination” Now Available for Purchase!

Hey friends, Santa Barbara Music has now released their July 2014 issues which includes my arrangement of “Pure Imagination.” It’s now available for purchase from their website here! You should go buy ALL the copies!

Publishing this pieces has been a LONG and challenging process. Many thanks to all those who helped make this one possible.gal-wonka-cast-jpg

“Pure Imagination” to be Published!

Okay! Contract signed, I can talk about it now! After working on getting it published for a year and a half, my arrangement of “Pure Imagination” is going to be published with Santa Barbara Music….sometime…soon (Update: “Pure Imagination” will be available August 2014). I’m actually not sure about when yet, but I’ll try and stay up to date. Once I find out, I’ll post it.

This week, both the USC Chamber Singers and the BYU Singers will be performing this piece in their respective concerts this coming weekend. USC at St. Matthew’s Church, Pacific Palasades, Friday, March 28th @ 7:30 PM; BYU Singers at the de Jong Concert Hall, Provo, Friday, March 28th @ 7:30 PM. Simultaneous concert premieres!

I’ve been enjoying my spring break away from Los Angeles, but that will be coming to an end soon as I drive back tomorrow.  All the best for now.

“Pure Imagination” Concert Premieres + Tours

Okay, I can finally talk about it now! This spring, both BYU Singers and the USC Chamber Singers will be performing “Pure Imagination” in concert. In addition, both of these ensembles will be taking this piece on their tours this year, BYU Singers to the northwest, and USC Chamber Singers to China and South Korea.

This is super exciting for me! Two world-class ensembles singing this on their tours is more than I could ask for. More news to come on this particular arrangement for sure. In the mean time, to celebrate, here’s YouTube clip of Benedict Cumberbatch singing a small snippet of “Pure Imagination.”

A small something I’ve been working on

I loved reading books by Roald Dahl growing up, one of my favorites being Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.  I watch the movie adaptation with Gene Wilder several times.  This tune has stuck with me ever since.  I love the words, the message, the tune, the harmonies, pretty much everything.

I thought about arranging this for University Chorale as part of my recital, but I couldn’t really find anything else to program it with at the time and set it aside for a while.  Then a few months ago, I decided that enough was enough and I had to arrange it for choir and piano.  Here’s the first page: