Using Sequencers to Reproduce Orchestral Sound

Canadian musician Yves Frulla is an accomplished accompanying keyboardist and synthesizer programmer. He has worked with many acclaimed pop and rock artists, including Celine Dion. In addition to accompanying her on the keyboard, he is also responsible for arranging her music.

Many musicians record songs for albums with live orchestral instrumentation. However, live orchestras do not necessarily translate well to shows and concerts and therefore, much of the music must be readapted or reproduce to fit these different environments. Arrangers are responsible for taking the arrangement originally done for records with live orchestras and adapting those to a live environment with sequencers and synthesizers.

A sequencer is a tool that specifies parameters for which notes to play, how long to hold them, and how loudly or softly to play them. A synthesizer generates sound either by being played directly by a keyboardist or based on instructions from a sequencer. Since it is impossible to play every part in an orchestra on a single synthesizer with just two hands, arrangers sequence those parts of the music which are not as prominent (usually lower parts such as double bass or cellos) and live play the upper parts, which are more exposed and melodic. Using a combination of synthesizers and sequencers, a keyboardist can play the entire range of an orchestra at the same time.


Celine Dion’s “A New Day…” Show in Las Vegas

Keyboardist and synthesizer programmer Yves Frulla has a background in classical piano and is an acclaimed accompanist, having worked with a number of renowned artists in the pop music industry. A native Canadian, Yves Frulla has been working with Celine Dion since 1990 and moved to Las Vegas in 2002 as part of her famous show “A New Day…,” which had a landmark five-year run at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace.

Announced in the summer of 2002, “A New Day…” was an extraordinary gamble at the time. Celine Dion had effectively announced her decision to stop touring and had, instead, invited her fans to join her at her new Las Vegas show. Created by famous director Franco Dragone, it was a completely unique blend of music, dance, theater and technical innovation. Featuring an artistic collection of stories, fantastical images, and recurring characters, as well as the largest indoor LED screen in the United States, “A New Day…” was a completely unprecedented spectacle and took audiences by storm.

The show evolved continuously during its five year stint in order to keep things new and exciting for returning audiences, incorporating new songs, new designs, and new special effects. The show played to almost 3 million fans during its five-year run and grossed more than $400 million through its 717 performances, enjoying a level of success that had never been seen before.

Yves Frulla: The Prix Gemeaux Celebrates Excellence in Canadian TV

YvesFrullaAn accomplished keyboardist and synthesizer programmer, Yves Frulla has worked with a number of great musicians, most prominently Celine Dion. A native Canadian, he has arranged music for both Canadian television and film. In fact, his work for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s coverage of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City earned Yves Frulla a nomination for the Prix Gemeaux. The Prix Gemeaux is largely unknown in the United States, but is a great honor for French-Canadian performers and artists.

Established in 1987, the Prix Gemeaux is awarded to honor excellence in a Canadian television performance. The award is reserved for French-language programs and is sponsored by the Academy of Canadian Film and Television. The academy was created in 1979 to showcase Canadian achievements in the film industry, and the Prix Gemeaux serves to promote its pursuit of exceptional television programming. The English-language equivalent of the Prix Gemeaux is the Gemini Award. Both are bestowed annually.