Join us for 2 hours as Tim Davies talks about living and working in Los Angeles and how he has used his skills as an arranger to become one of the busiest musicians in the field.
Tim Davies leads a very busy musical life. Born and educated in Australia, now based in Los Angeles, the Grammy and Annie nominated musician splits his time between orchestrating for features, television, and video games; composing his own scores; and arranging for and conducting orchestras all around the globe.
His film and TV credits as lead orchestrator and/or conductor include Frozen and Frozen 2, both Ant-Man movies, The Lego Movie 2, La La Land, Trolls, Minions, The Peanuts Movie, The Muppets, and Empire. He is the most prolific orchestrator and conductor in the world of video games, having worked on multiple titles from the God of War, Infamous, Sims, Ratchet and Clank, Resistance and Batman franchises, Marvel’s Spider-man and the next installment of Halo. A full list of credits can be found on IMDB. When not on the recording stage, Davies can be found on the podium conducting orchestras in concert halls and other live venues specializing in film scores live to picture.
While it is not his main focus, Davies has been asked to score several high profile projects. He has special relationships with Mexican directors Jorge Gutierrez and Guillermo del Toro. He is currently scoring Gutierrez’s upcoming show Maya and the Three, and previously collaborated with two-time Oscar winner Gustavo Santaolalla to score The Book of Life. He also scored all three seasons of Trollhunters:Tales of Arcadia, executive produced by del Toro, being nominated for an Annie Award, and contributed additional music for Crimson Peak. In 2019 del Toro asked him to produce and conduct a concert of scores from his movies with the Jalisco Philharmonic in his home town of Guadalajara, Mexico.
Davies is an active pop and jazz arranger as well. Highlights include arranging and playing drums for the twentieth anniversary concert of NAS’ Illmatic and being lead arranger for Kendrick Lamar’s performance of To Pimp a Butterfly, both featuring the National Symphony at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Other collaborations with the NSO have included shows with Ledisi, Common, Maxwell, and Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds. He enjoys a close relationship with the Metropole Orchestra in the Netherlands and has recently written for concerts featuring Donny McCaslin, Cory Henry, and Ibeyi. He has contributed arrangements for the last two Academy Awards Ceremonies and written string arrangements for Amy Winehouse, Miguel, Cee Lo Green and Akon. When not working for others he can be found playing drums and writing for his own group, the 18-piece Tim Davies Big Band, for which he has received two Grammy nominations for Best Instrumental Composition, in 2010 and 2016.