Chris Walden

Arranger/Conductor

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Orchestral and Big Band Arrangements by 7-time Grammy® nominated Arranger. Michael Bublé, Paul McCartney, John Legend, and many more.

I'll write the perfect arrangement for your song. That can be for a full symphony orchestra, a jazz big band, a string ensemble, a string quartet, jazz trio, or any combination of any live instruments. I can write onto an existing rhythm track, or create the arrangement from scratch, including the rhythm parts.

I will deliver a midi-demo for approval. Once approved I will record the arrangement with live musicians and deliver the multitrack audio files, edited and mix-ready. I will also deliver PDFs of score and parts for further use in live performances or recordings.

Prices per song for arrangement & recording (incl. cost for musicians, engineer, studio):

40 Strings - $3,265
40 Strings & 4 Rhythm - $5,265
17-piece Big Band - $6,100
17-piece Big Band & 40 Strings - $7,865
75-piece Symphony Orchestra - $5,685
75-piece Symphony Orchestra & 4 Rhythm - $7,185
4 Rhythm only - $2,500
5 Horns & 4 Rhythm - $4,300
5 Horns only - $2,300
3 Horns & 4 Rhythm - $3,600
3 Horns only - $1,800
3 Rhythm only - $1,950

Contact me through the green button above and let's get to work.

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4 Reviews

Endorse Chris Walden
  1. Review by Adam Aejaye JACKSON
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    Chris Walden!!! I've had the honor to record and perform live with the Chris Waldens Big Band over the years. As a vocal artist its rare to find Kind spirited producers, composors, writers that has many levels of bringing out the best in you. Versatility and commitment to excellence are my sincere thoughts This amazing Artist💯

  2. Review by Dion Singer
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    Chris is a MASTER. I have been privileged to work with him on dozens of projects. Many multi-platinum huge sellers. His knowledge, elegance, and taste are world-class. Patient, collaborative, full of ideas - plus his understanding of Music, it's history, and where it will be going in the new decade is absolutely astounding. Always a thrill to talk and work with him.

  3. Review by Christopher Cross
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    Chris has been writing my orchestral arrangements and conducting in the studio, as well as for my live Symphony performances, for many years. He also produced my "Cafe Carlyle" album in 2008. He is a brilliantly skilled composer, a world class artist and a dear friend.

  4. Review by Steve Genewick
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    I’ve been working with Chris for years. Not many better than him.

Interview with Chris Walden

  1. Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?

  2. A: Pencil and score paper

  3. Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?

  4. A: I started making music at the age of 4, when I learned how to read and write music and playing the recorder flute. At age 7 I started learning piano, and at age 13 trumpet. I went to music conservatory in Cologne, Germany and finished with a master's degree in composition. During my 20's I wrote arrangements for German Radio Big Bands and Radio Symphony Orchestras and composed underscore music for German films and TV shows. At the age of 29 I emigrated to Los Angeles where I've been living and working ever since, scoring TV films, arranging for recording artists and conducting orchestras. I've been professionally composing and arranging music now for 35 years.

  5. Q: What type of music do you usually work on?

  6. A: Any music that utilizes strings, an orchestra or big band, or any type of live player ensembles.

  7. Q: What's your strongest skill?

  8. A: Arranging and Conducting

  9. Q: What's your typical work process?

  10. A: Usually I get a demo of the song that I'm asked to arrange. In some cases I get together with the artist to determine the key and direction of the arrangement before I start to write. Then I need about 3 days to write the arrangement and prepare a midi demo.

  11. Q: Tell us about your studio setup.

  12. A: I write the arrangements in Finale, and I program the midi demos in ProTools using the Vienna Symphony Library for orchestral sounds.

  13. Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?

  14. A: Claus Ogerman, Quincy Jones, Johannes Brahms, Jeremy Lubbock, John Williams

  15. Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.

  16. A: Arranging and conducting for any size ensemble of live musicians

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Terms Of Service

See "Description" for a detailed list of prices, which include the recording of live musicians. Turn-around time is 3-4 days per song. I'll deliver a midi-demo before the final recording session.

GenresSounds Like
  • Claus Ogerman
  • Johnny Mandel
  • Quincy Jones
Gear Highlights
  • Finale
  • Pro Tools
  • Live Musicians
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