Please write more / for oboe d'amore / it's fun to play but we have no repertoire
I play oboe, oboe d'amore and English horn.
When I started working as a freelancer playing orchestral music--some of the first groups to hire me did not only that but a huge variety of film music as well as pop, rock, and video game music. I didn't study a lot of those genres in school--so I had to learn fast. And I got to play some oboe d'amore as well: the oboe d'amore is the misunderstood middle sibling of the oboe family with a beautiful, unique tone and vastly under-represented in the literature.
My home recording setup started out as a practise tool but over the last few months I've been doing increasingly complicated recording projects, including multi-track recordings, virtual ensemble projects and remote recording.
I am also a composer and improviser; I can create a melody line that will be the perfect fit on the right instrument for your song if you don't already have a scored part.
Schubert - Erlkönig. My own arrangement. https://youtu.be/fVCIQ5_3K30
Carly Rae Jepsen - Call Me Maybe. My own arrangement. All the parts are oboe-family instruments. The drum kit is also played on oboe. https://youtu.be/ZySXBcC0y_c
Bach BWV 1055 concerto for oboe d'amore: https://soundcloud.com/dan-oboe/bach-1055-larghetto
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Interview with Dan Waldron
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: Most of my work is on oboe - I'm revising my cadenza for the Mozart C major concerto. And I'm organizing a chamber music group to play some outdoor concerts while the summer lasts. And I'm also writing a piece for flute player!
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: When I have a notated part in front of me and the composer or arranger is available I always have a question about phrasing or breathing places.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: My Howarth XL (of course). The other 4 would all be reed making gear. What else do you really need?
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: If you want to play a woodwind instrument - make sure you listen to singers! Your instrument can be as expressive as the human voice.
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Most of my work is playing in an orchestral wind section or a chamber music group such as a wind quintet.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: The work for a piece starts well before I read the music - because I make my own reeds, and when I do so I must design for the kinds of tone I will need. I'm always looking for more flexibility and expressiveness in the tone I create.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: Oboe is so finicky to record! I'm always moving my microphone about trying to get the right sound for the right piece.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: The most common job I would do for an online client is to record oboe parts for sound tracks or songs, synchronized with the click track or the work-in-progress. For people here in Edmonton it would be to play in their symphony or chamber orchestra.