We're in the process of learning a bunch of new tunes that the Sardines have added to their repertoire recently as well as some hot-jazzified holiday favorites that are being pulled out for the cruise. This gig is particularly exciting as Ginger will be playing with the Sardines for the first time! We'll be holding down the fort together as a two person MGM Studio orchestra.
Because of all the new music, more orchestral direction of the stings and Ginger's debut, I've been working for the past couple of weeks on composing string arrangements for the tunes. It's been a really interesting challenge trying to keep the fun, free and improvisational feel of the Sardines and allowing for flexibility in the arrangements while also writing parts that have set melodies and forms based off of a more "classical" approach. In a lot of ways, writing these arrangements has kind of felt like playing with LEGO bricks. Each section, melody and string pad has to be able to be transposed, inverted or switched to a completely different part of the piece on the fly. It's been a really fun challenge to figure out and we're thrilled to be trying out these new parts on the cruise!