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Matt Dunkley Feb, 29
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Conductor/ Orchestrator / Composer  

Matt is the UK`s, and indeed one of the worlds, leading orchestrators, arrangers and conductors, who has also managed to develop a successful parallel career as a talentedfilm and TV composer .He has worked on over 100 movies, including; Inception, 127 Hours, Black Swan, Moulin Rouge, Batman: The Dark Knight, Couples Retreat, In Time, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Pirates of the Caribbean 3&4: On Stranger Tides and At Worlds End, Ray, The Incredible Hulk, Love Actually, The Road, The Quiet American, TheMummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, The Bone Collector, Iron Man, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, World Trade Center and The Assassination of Jesse James. For the last 10 years Matt has also orchestrated and conducted exclusively for thesuperstar Indian composer, and recent Bafta, Golden Globe, double Grammy andtwo-time Oscar winning, A.R. Rahman.

Experience working with Indian musicians, choirs etc... during the Classic Incantations, German Film Orchestra Babelsberg, Performs A R Rahman?

I loved working with the Indian musicians we had on the tour. I have performedseveral times before with Asad Khan, the sitar virtuoso. We are firm friendsand I`m a huge fan of his playing. But it was great working with Navin Iyer,flute, for the first time. He is an amazing talent, and such a sweet man. The K M Conservatory choir were great fun to have around, and for an amateur choir,their level of professionalism and the standard of their performances was exemplary. Kavita Baliga, who also coached the choir, showed me once again whyshe is one of my favourite sopranos, and Arun Kamath (tenor) delivered greatperformance after great performance. Best memory / movement during the concert series which would stay with you forever?

So many to choose from. One was seeing the look on AR`s face after the fantastic Chennai concert - he looked pretty happy. Another was hearing the K M Conservatory Qawwali ensemble perform - simply magical and so moving. I`d love to arrange some of that music for orchestra.

Your experience with Rapport Global Events?

I don`t think the Classic Incantations Tour could have happened without Rapport being on board. Moving an orchestra of 65 players and their instruments, plus a 28 voice choir, plus soloists and support staff, around 5 cities in India was ahuge challenge. Added to that the technical aspects of staging a largeorchestral concert, with sound systems, video walls etc. Rapport`s team worked tirelessly to make the tour run as smoothly as possible. Very impressive.

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