Composition/Arranging

Composition and arranging has been an essential part of Duncan’s musical identity ever since he began playing at the age of four. His credits as a composer and arranger have included the title of music director for Devine Dance Company’s Tapeire, a groundbreaking Celtic, jazz and hip-hop music and dance show starring the legendary celtic and tap dancer James Devine.  The show was featured on Broadway in NYC, on Live with Regis and Kelly and received major critical acclaim by press in the US and UK. Duncan has also composed the score for a yet-to-be-released film project by film producer and director Thomas Cassetta. His deeply rooted and informed, yet unique approach to composition is distinguishable through the many seemingly unrelated styles of music he enjoys writing in. His sound is consistently lyrical, yet often grabs the ear with the rhythmic sensibility of the funk and groove music that is in his background. His work have a stamp of being very musically clever, but in subtle ways that allow melody and form to always compliment the listeners ear and logic.

Duncan has composed and arranged the entire current repertoire for his own band, the Digables, a high energy, original progressive jazz/rock group that boasts the power of an electric band while maintaining the subtlety and intricateness of an acoustic-driven outfit on both electric and acoustic instruments.  The Digables sound is simultaneously Vintage and Modern, whacky and sophisticated, yet accessible and crowd-friendly. Duncan thoroughly enjoys embracing unfamiliar territories in the spirit of finding opportunities to expand his own horizons.

Duncan writes and arranges music for all purposes and occasions. For more info, please contact info@duncanwickel.com

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