Monthly Ravel Group
Third Fridays, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
@ Vitello’s on Tujunga
The Ravel group was founded nine years ago by composer Ron Jones and meets every month to study great contemporary and classical scores. There’s always exciting guest panelists with lots of interactive questions, plus musical and score examples on a great projection system. Past guests include Tyler Bates, Ira Hearshen, Rick Baptist, and Gene Cipriano.
On March 18, 2016, our guest is Dr. Richard Niles, a prolific composer, arranger, and producer. Recordings featuring his work have sold over 250 million copies worldwide.
Richard Niles produced, arranged and composed music for some of the world’s most acclaimed artists including Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, Cher, James Brown, Kylie Minogue, Tina Turner, Mariah Carey, Joe Cocker, Lulu, The Troggs, Deniece Williams, Michael McDonald, Dusty Springfield, Pet Shop Boys, Cat Stevens, Grace Jones, Tears For Fears.
He has maintained a parallel career in jazz having worked with Pat Metheny, Martin Taylor, Bob James, Michel Legrand, Ray Charles, Jane Monheit, Guy Barker, Bob Mintzer, The Yellowjackets, Silje Nergaard, John Patitucci, Jim Mullen, Janek Gwizdala, Nelson Rangell.
He has also arranged and conducted for classical artists Kiri Te Kanawa, Placido Domingo and Montserrat Caballe.
Score study will be the Broadway and concert versions of West Side Story by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim. Our guest will also bring exclusive unpublished arrangements to learn from his career.
All musicians and music lovers are welcome! Good music, laughter and tasty food. $25 includes breakfast and lunch plus networking.