TORONTO RAVEL Study!  Now in its 6th year.xxxffxxxxxxxxxxxx

10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Our study score is “The Planets” by Gustav Holst. First performed in 1918, not only did “The Planets” establish Gustav Holst’s international reputation as an important British composer of the 20th century, but it provided the template for a whole generation of film music. From “Star Wars” to “Star Trek” and beyond, Holst’s approach to the orchestra is ubiquitous in contemporary scoring.
Score for “Jupiter”” can be found on the “Study Materials” page, at the bottom.
Watch Jamie Hopkings’ “Venus en reduction” at

SCORING FOR GAMES II; Following up on our first presentation last March on scoring for video games, our guests will talk about the way that music actually gets created that will be programmed into games, and the unique challenges it presents. Using examples from games that they have scored, they will walk us through their workflow and creative process.

JAKE BUTINEAU is a video game composer based in Toronto, ON. Jake’s current projects include “Super Animal Royale”, a cartoony shooter for up to 64 adorable animals, available on Steam Early Access; and “Destiny’s Sword”, a sci-fi strategy MMO with a focus on the mental health of soldiers, releasing late-2019. Jake is also a content creator, making Game Music Discussion videos on YouTube and hosting The Game Music Podcast.

KRISTOFER MADDIGAN is a percussionist, drummer, and composer based in Toronto. Principal percussionist of the National Ballet of Canada Orchestra, Kris also works regularly with a wide range of symphonic, jazz, theatre, and new music groups around Ontario, including the TSO, the National Arts Centre Orchestra, and the The Esprit Orchestra. His score for the acclaimed 2017 video game ‘Cuphead,’ reached No. 3 on the Billboard Jazz charts, and was recognized with a BAFTA award for ‘Best Music’ and a Juno nomination for ‘Best Instrumental Album’. Kris was named TMA Member of the Year for 2018.

*GUEST STUDY LEADER;  Brigham Phillips will be leading the introduction to “Jupiter”. Brigham is a trumpet player and pianist and music director for singer John McDermott. He is also a composer and arranger, and leads the Brigham Phillips Big Band. Brigham is also a long-time Ravel supporter.




NEW ADVENTURES IN LISTENING – Film clips from “On The Waterfront” and “Ryan” are posted on the “Study Materials” page for download. With the sound removed, they can be scored as an exercise, and brough in to “Adventures in Listening” for feedback and analysis. Adventures in Listening is a unique opportunity to get unbiased and honest feedback on your ‘in-progress’ or experimental work from a community of your professional peers. Because it is anonymous, it is a risk-free environment.  Whether you are an emerging composer or an experienced one, and whether your work is for concert or screen, I encourage you to take advantage of this invaluable resource.

Many of you are actively performing musicians or are composers with TV shows or films containing your original scores. If you would like me to mention upcoming concerts or showtimes, please see me during the first hour, and I will make the announcement during “Adventures in Listening”. This way we can get the word out while preserving the relaxed and casual atmosphere that we have created at Toronto Ravel.
We need your helpWe know that Toronto Ravel is viable, but we need to ensure that it is sustainable. There are 2 ways you can help;  First, by spreading the word to your friends, Facebook friends, colleagues, etc., and by passing around the links to our videos – the links are below. Also – you can volunteer a bit of your time and be part of the Ravel team.  We need people who can assist with publicity and promotion to work with Janal Bechtholt in spreading the word.  Please email if you can lend a hand. 
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          Producer Larry Weinstein talks about Ravel
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