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Don Macdonald: Biography

Don Macdonald
1966 -
Region: British Columbia

Don Macdonald

Don Macdonald has a multifaceted musical career that includes performing, conducting, and composing. He has toured with professional vocal ensembles (including the Vancouver Chamber Choir), played saxophone alongside artists such as Mike Stern (guitarist for Miles Davis) and currently plays violin in a jazz trio. His conducting resumé includes work with symphony orchestra, choir and jazz band and he is a composition instructor at Selkirk College.

Over the last ten years Don has composed the scores to some of Canada's best known independent feature films with gala screenings at major festivals; Sundance, Toronto, Berlin, and Cannes. His scores to "Kissed" (1997) and “ Fido” (2007) earned him Genie nominations and his opera score for Cannes Film Festival winner, "Shoes Off" was recognized as "...one of the most compelling original scores attached to any Canadian film, ever..." (Vancouver Province). As well as Indie features, Don has also written scores for TV series, documentaries, commercials and has just finished his first score for a video game - "Creatures of the Deep" for Nokia N-gage. He has worked with many of the major studios including 20th Century Fox and Lions Gate Films.

Don's composition credits include vocal arrangements and forays into everything from jazz and electronica to contemporary rock and orchestral music. His choral works have been performed by some of Canada's most noted ensembles including the Vancouver Bach Choir and Chorl Leoni Men's Choir. He is much in demand as an arranger and producer and his latest string arrangements will be heard on the debut album of R&B artist Warren Flandez .

2010

For more information: donmacdonaldmusic.com; www.khaosopera.com

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