Master Class with Jorge Calandrelli

22 April 2016

Join us for Master Class with award winning composer/arranger/producer/conductor, Jorge CalandrelliJorge will share his arranging, production and recording techniques through projected scores, real-time audio, commentary and questions and answers.  Jorge will detail his methods for successfully crossing different musical styles and genres, while maintaining individuality and musical integrity.  He will discuss planning the form of an arrangement, intro, interlude and ending, overture and prelude as an alternate form of intro, as well as sketching demos for basic ideas, etc.  The Master Class will include setting the mood and the groove of a theme, development of motifs – key changes – climax, instrumental arranging and arranging for vocals, and more.  Special bonus materials will be provided to all attendees.


Master Class with award winning
Jorge Calandrelli

“Ballads to Bossa:
Arranging Across Different Styles

Moderated by Sylvester Rivers
Saturday, April 30, 2016 – 11:00am

Valley College
(Music Room)
5800 Fulton, Van Nuys, CA


$25 Members & Students / $40 Non-Members

Jorge Calandrelli is a 6 Time Grammy Winner, with 2 Oscar Nominations, 27 Grammy Nominations, and was recipient of the 2014 ASMAC Golden Score Award, among other prestigious awards.

Most recent is Jorge’s involvement on the new album “Cheek to Cheek” with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga where he arranged and conducted all orchestral arrangements, as well as the “Great Performances” live show conducted for PBS at the Lincoln Center in New York which aired on the heels of the album release. Upon completion of the Duets II album, Jorge reached a significant achievement celebrating a 25-year association with the timeless Tony Bennett, which includes, thirteen recorded albums, six Grammy Nominations and two Grammy Awards won.

The album “Amore Infinito” produced and arranged for Placido Domingo and the LSO by Maestro Calandrelli with original songs and lyrics by Pope John Paul II has been re-released by Sony Classical this year to commemorate the Popes canonization.  The album contains duets by Josh Groban, Katherine Jenkins, Andrea Bocelli, Vanessa Williams and Placido Domingo Jr. as well as some original songs by Calandrelli.

Other recent projects worked on as producer/arranger and conductor:

Kenny G / Walter Afanasieff  arranged and conducted (to be released); Arturo Sandoval / Jorge Calandrelli album “Eternamente Manzanero” (recently released); Bárbara Padilla with the LSO, recorded in Abbey Road Studios, London (recently released); Andrea Bocelli’s  album “Passione“, a collaboration with David Foster on several arrangements. and Alejandro Fernandez / Phil Ramone  album “Confidencias

Jorge Calandrelli was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, the youngest of six. Jorge’s father, Matias Calandrelli, was a medical doctor, eminent chess player, president of the Chess Club of Argentina and a  Lieutenant colonel physician for the Argentine Army.  Jorge’s mother, Nieves Solá Calandrelli, was the daughter of Juan E. Solá a prominent politician and early member of the Jockey Club of Argentina.  Nieves was a wonderful classical pianist and of great support to Jorge thorough out his life and career, he regards her as an inspiration and  cornerstone in his life.

Early on Jorge toured Europe with a Quintet he had formed, but eventually decided to return to Buenos Aires to begin what was to be his  formative musical training, the studies he pursued were Piano with Guillermo Iscla,  Harmony and Counterpoint with the renowned composer Carlos Guastavino, Composition with composer Roberto Garcia Morillo, Altered Harmony with Jacobo Fischer and       master classes in Contemporary Composition with composer Gerardo Gandini.  Along with completing his studies Jorge perfomed as a professional pianist with his Jazz Trio, and arranged and conducted for major recording artists and record companies.  Jorge became one of the top and most sought after arrangers in Buenos Aires during that time.

In 1978 Jorge moved to the United States, where he is now considered one of the finest and most prolific arrangers in the the Pop, Jazz, Latin, and Classical fields.

Most Notable Concert Works:

“Concerto for Jazz Clarinet and Orchestra” premiered in numerous countries and singled out in Michael Roeder’s book A History of the Concerto;“Escapade in D minor” commissioned and premiered by The Henry Mancini Orchestra for Arturo Sandoval, conducted by Maestro Calandrelli; “Fantasy for Piano and Orchestra” commissioned for pianist Tian Jiang premiered by Tian Jiang and the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra during their US Tour;    “Piano Pieces” currently in it’s recording stage with pianist Sonya Belousova and “Diptych for Piano and Orchestra” currently in it’s finishing stage as well as a  new piece for “Cello and Piano” commissioned by Andrew Shulman.

Arranged, Composed and/or Produced:

Celine Dion, Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand, Johnny Mathis, Arturo Sandoval, Kenny G, Julio Iglesias, Ricky Martin, Madonna,   Placido Domingo, Gloria Estefan, Quincy Jones, Shakira, Vanessa Williams, Barry Manilow, David Foster, Monica Mancini,  Michael Bublé, Al Jarreau among others.

Composed and Orchestrated / Film and Television:

“Crouching Tiger/Hidden Dragon”; “The Color Purple”; “The Rain”; “The Billionaire Boys Club”; “Tron”; “The Shining”; “Sola”; “The Great Mouse Detective” and “I’ll be Home for Christmas”

Additionally, he worked as Executive Musical Director for The Concord Music Group for three years.  Mr. Calandrelli continues to work independently with a wide diversity of artists and projects as well as working on his concert pieces. Jorge’s passion for music includes young musicians and music education. Mr. Calandrelli currently serves on the Advisory Board for ASMAC, as well as having served on the Board of Governors of NARAS.

Moderator: Sylvester Rivers

Composer, arranger and pianist Sylvester Rivers has recorded with numerous hit artists including Lionel Richie, Diana Ross, The Jacksons, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dionne Warwick, Nancy Wilson, Kenny Rogers, Johnny Mathis, Aretha Franklin, New Edition, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Barry White, Marc Bolan & T. Rex, Ray Parker, Jr. & Raydio, Deniece Williams, The Fifth Dimension and many others.  Composing, arranging and orchestrating for television and film, as well, such as the television series, “Fame,” songs for the Kevin Bacon/ Laurence Fishburne film, “Quicksilver,” “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo,” “The Arsenio Hall Show” and numerous others, he has been prolific in producing music throughout a wide spectrum.

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