promoting the art of Music Arranging, Composition and Orchestration within the entertainment industry community and the general public.

promoting the art of Music Arranging, Composition and Orchestration within the entertainment industry community and the general public.

Different Arranging Approaches Explained

LA 12 PM  |  NY 3 PM  |  UK 8 PM


Different Arranging Approaches Explained


Composers/Arrangers John Altman (James Bond, Rod Stewart, Monty Python) and Richard Niles (Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, Pat Metheny) demonstrate their different approaches and arranging techniques. For this special ASMAC event, they have both arranged short versions of a simple nursery rhyme, “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” This is a unique opportunity to compare and contrast the working methods of two acclaimed artists with 100 years combined experience.

Moderator and composer/arranger Sylvester Rivers will ask all the right questions. How did they conceive, plan and execute the arrangement? How did they choose instrumentation, meter, groove, harmonic landscape? Why did they make those choices?

Don’t miss this opportunity to share some musical knowledge, and some laughs, with three arrangers who have helped create the sounds of our time.




Dr. Richard Niles is a prolific composer, producer, songwriter, arranger, conductor and musical director whose career spans pop, R&B, rock and jazz. Records featuring his work have sold over 250 million copies worldwide. Niles has worked in the recording industry, feature films, in theatre and television and has performed worldwide. He has written, produced and presented acclaimed music documentaries for BBC Radio. He is a published author, journalist and music educator. Niles was awarded a PhD from Brunel University for his thesis “The Invisible Artist – Arrangers in Popular Music (1950 – 2000)”. It is now an acclaimed book published by Niles Smiles Music, available through Amazon.


John Altman is a film composer, music arranger, orchestrator, conductor and saxophonist. Among the 54 movies he composed, arranged and orchestrated for are Titanic (period music), Monty Python’s Life of Brian and Goldeneye, winning a BAFTA Award for Hear My Song and a Golden Globe for orchestrating Sheltering Sky and Léon: The Professional. He also won an Emmy for his score for RKO281, was nominated for Roman Spring of Mrs Stone and received a nomination for the Golden Reel award for Little Voice. In addition to writing a 100-minute score for the silent movie Shooting Star for the London Film Festival Gala, John has his name as an arranger on 19 platinum records, including George Michael's album “Faith”, which won several GRAMMYs in 1989 including Album of the Year, and was nominated for the Rutles film All You Need Is Cash. He wrote for Simple Minds, Barry White, Tina Turner, Björk, Diana Ross, Tom Jones, Pretenders, Rod Stewart, Michael Jackson and many others and has scored over 4,000 commercials worldwide to boot.

John has contributed arrangements for the newest James Bond film, “No Time To Die.”  Also, he has written a fascinating new book, to be released in February 2022, entitled “Hidden Man.”


Composer, arranger and pianist Sylvester Rivers has recorded with numerous hit artists including Lionel Richie, Diana Ross, The Jacksons, Sammy Davis, Jr., Dionne Warwick, Nancy Wilson, Kenny Rogers, Johnny Mathis, Aretha Franklin, New Edition, Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Barry White, Marc Bolan & T. Rex, Ray Parker, Jr. & Raydio, Deniece Williams, The Fifth Dimension and many others. Composing, arranging and orchestrating for television and film, as well, such as the television series Fame, songs for the Kevin Bacon/Laurence Fishburne film Quicksilver, Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo, The Arsenio Hall Show and numerous others, he has been prolific in producing music throughout a wide spectrum.


Event Date Saturday, July 24, 2021 12:00 pm
Cut off date Saturday, July 24, 2021 3:00 pm
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