OUR FINAL FINAL LOOK AT “The Planets”xxxxxxxx

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.

Eurotrack Modular Synthesizers are today’s incarnation of yesterday’s pure analogue synthesizers. Fully customizable, these bespoke synthesizers, containing multiple rack-mounted modules, are capable of producing truly unique textures and timbres that are ideal for concert and film music alike. Felipé will take us on a tour of this fascinating technology, with the help of a GoPro that will allow all in the room to get a close-up view of his process as he goes. He will also be bringing examples of integration of the modular system with live string quartet, and will discuss the challenges of marrying the two mediums.

Felipé Tellez is a composer, conductor and orchestrator for both concert and the screen.  His concert music has been performed in South America and Europe. He has also conducted scores with musicians from the Canadian Opera Company and Canadian Ballet Orchestra in chamber ensemble settings at Toronto’s Revolution Recording, Desert Fish, and Grayson-Matthews recording facilities. 

In addition to composing for media and orchestra, he is an accomplished songwriter, releasing his debut album –Minstrelle – in collaboration with singer Kristina Bijelic, the Budapest Art Orchestra and a collection of international soloists.  His orchestration work is also featured in the documentary My Enemy My Brother and the feature political thriller Backstabbing for Beginners. He has also served as orchestrator for composer Brian D’Oliveira of La Hacienda Creative Studios in Montreal, having orchestrated a suite for the Shadow of the Tomb Raider’s live concert performance.  

Felipé holds a bachelor’s degree in Composition and Music Production from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia, as well as a master’s degree in Scoring for Film, Television and Video Games from Berklee College of Music, Valencia Campus. He is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Music Composition at the University of Toronto. He continues to be involved in music education, holding a position of Orchestration Professor at Sheridan College and professor of Introduction to Music Technology at the University of Toronto. For more on Felipé, visit https://www.felipetellez.com. 


IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE A GUEST STUDY LEADER, please contact John at;info@torontoravel.com.


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.
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          Promo Video PLEASE SHARE THIS LINK!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AQN8yoJpDI
          Producer Larry Weinstein talks about Ravel  http://youtu.be/PAsiZJYFeY
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