Thu. 19 May 2022 – 20:30
David Dramm

The voices in my head

A crash course composing for voice, by David Dramm

For over thirty years, composer, arranger, songwriter and Splendor musician David Dramm has worked with extraordinary voices from all possible corners of the music world: from Barbara Hannigan, Claron McFaddon and Nora Fischer to pop and rock icons such as Neil Finn, John Cale and Ellen ten Damme. He has also collaborated with renowned writers such as Ilja Leonard Pfeijffer and Hafid Bouazza.

For one unique evening, David invites us into the world of composing for the voice. What makes a song and melody interesting? How does a libretto become an opera? How do you create a song tailor-made for a singer? David guides us along videos and audio recordings of several of his own works, and those of his favourite composers. And – fully David-esque – he won’t be limiting himself to classical composers: we will go from Bach to Bacharach, rap and country. He will also be playing a few songs himself.

David Dramm - presentation and music

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