1. Kingdom Hearts®
2. Warcraft® Suite
3. Myst® Medley
4. Medal of Honor™ (LIVE)
5. Civilization IV Medley
6. Tetris® Piano Opus No.1
7. God of War™ Montage (LIVE)
8. Advent Rising Suite
9. Tron Montage
10. Halo® Suite
11. Castlevania® Rock (LIVE)
What is a Video Games Live?
Video Games Live is an immersive concert event featuring music from the biggest video games of all time. Top orchestras and choirs around the world perform along with exclusive video footage and music arrangements, synchronized lighting, solo performers, electronic percussion, live action and unique interactive segments to create an explosive one-of-a-kind entertainment experience. Special events surround the show, including a pre- and post-show festival where guests enjoy interactive game demos, a costume contest, game competitions, prizes and the very popular meet-and-greet with top game composers and designers.
The best way to describe Video Games Live? Picture the excitement and energy of a rock concert mixed with the power and emotion of a symphony orchestra combined together by the technology, interactivity, stunning visuals and fun that only video games can provide. Completely synchronized cuttin-edge video screen visuals, state-of-the-art lighting and special on-stage interactive segments dazzle audiences of all ages - gamers and non-gamers alike.
Video Games Live is the largest and most successful video game concert in the world having already performed around the globe to over 200,000 people. The debut performance launched on 6 July 2005 at the world famous Hollywood Bowl with the LA Philharmonic. Over 11,000 people attended, making it the biggest video game concert in the world. Most of the game music played (Halo, Sonic, Metal Gear Solid, Warcraft, Tomb Raider, Myst, Kingdom Hearts, Tron, Medal of Honor, Advent Rising, etc.) had never been performed live. They followed with groundbreaking first-ever game concert performances in countries such as Brazil, New Zealand, Spain, Canada, England, Mexico, Taiwan, China, Scotland, Portugal and France. Video Games Live was also the very first American video game concert to perform in Asia (Korea). In 2007 they were recipients of a major industry award in Brazil for 'Special Breakthrough Achievement' following their sold-out performances in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.
Video Gamers Live is currently touring the world.
For current touring dates and information please visit www.videogameslive.com
The Kingdom Hearts® franchise is the result of a collaboration between Disney and Square-Enix. The groundbreaking fantasy action role-playing game received numerous awards and was a dominating presence upon its release in 2002. The single, Hikari (on which the instrumental version Kingdom was based) has sold over one million copies in Japan. Female songwriter Utada Hikaru's first official album became the best-selling album of all time in Japan with over 10 million copies sold. Currently, three of her albums rank in the Top 10 all-time best-selling albums list in Japan.
2 Warcraft® Suite
Warcraft® III, World of Warcraft® published by Blizzard Entertainment · Music published by Azeroth Music (ASCAP)
Composer: Jason Hayes · Orchestrated by Benoît Grey
Created by the development team at Blizzard Entertainment®, Inc., Warcraft® is an award-winning fantasy series that is one of the fastest-selling PC games ever. Blizzard's release of World of Warcraft®, the massive multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) based on the Warcraft series, has shattered all sales records for an online game, and is currently the biggest subscription-based online game in the world.
3 Myst® Medley
Myst® series published by Cyan Worlds and Ubisoft · Music published by Rejazz Music (BMI), Ubimusic (SOCAN)
Myst® Theme composed by Robyn Miller · Gallery Theme composed by Tim Larkin (BMI) · Myst® III Main Theme and Myst® IV Main Theme composed by Jack Wall (ASCAP) · Orchestrated by Steve Zuckerman · Soprano solo: Tara Clark · Child soprano solo: Gracie Wall
The Myst® phenomenon catapulted the world of computer games to the forefront of consumer entertainment and broke many boundaries as the best-selling CD-ROM game. It appealed to many demographics and featured beautifylly rendered environments and intricate puzzle-solving quests.
4 Medal of Honor™ (LIVE)
Operation market Garden from Medal of Honor: Frontline™ published by Electronic Arts, Inc. Composed and orchestrated by Michael Giacchino · Recorded live in Brazil, South America
Created and inspired by Steven Spielberg, the award-winning Medal of Honor series is one of the most convincing and well-established wartime simulation game franchises, blending cimematic visuals with intense sound and music. Award-winning composer Michael Giacchino started in the video game industry and has since added films and television to his impressive list of credits which include TV shows Lost and Alias, motion pictures such as The Incredibles, Mission Impossible III, Ratatouille, Speed Racer and event Space Mountain in Disneyland.
5 Civilization IV Medley
Civilization series published by 2K Games
Composer: Christopher Tin (BMI) · Orchestrator: Christopher Tin · Alto solo: Nathania Reid · Tenor solo: Ron Ragin · Soprano solo: Nicole Bonsol · Choir: Stanford Talisman
Over the course of 15 years, Sid Meier's Civilization series has come to define turn-based strategy games. Few games have managed to combine the sheer addictive depth that the Civilization series commands, and fewer have had such universal appeal. With unprecedented critical acclaim from fans and press around the world, Sid Meier's Civilization game is recognized as one of the greates PC game franchises of all time.
6 Tetris® Piano Opus No.1
Tetris® is a trademark of The Tetris Company and Blue Planet Software · Tetris® theme (Music A) originally adapted and arranged from the Russian folk song 'Korobeiniki' · Piano arrangement: Martin Leung · Performed by Martin Leung
Tetris is arguably the most beloved and biggest-selling video game in the world. It was originally conceived and designed in 1985 by Alexey Pajitnov while working for the Soviet government in Moscow, Russia. Music A in the Nintendo Game Boy® edition of Tetris is one of the most recognizable and popular songs from a video game. It is an instrumental arrangement of a vocal Russian folk tune called 'Korobeiniki' which was based on a poem with the same name written in 1861. The first line of the translated lyrics read 'Oy, the box is full, so full.'
7 God of War™ Montage (LIVE)
Published by Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc. Composed by Gerard Marino
Vocal soloist: Cindy Shapiro · Recorded live in Brazil, South America
God of War is a high-energy action-adventure game based on Greek mythology. It was extremely well received by critics and fans alike and was the recipient of many 'Game of the Year' awards. it has been called the greatest PlayStation®2 game of all time by many top gaming magazines and websites. The award-winning score featuring Gerard Marino was his first credit as a game composer.
8 Advent Rising Suite
Advent Rising published by Majesco · Music published by Tallarico Music Publishing (BMI)
Composers: Tommy Tallarico, Michael Plowman, Emmanuel Fratianni, Laurie Robinson · Orchestrated by Emmanuel Fratianni, Laurie Robinson and Christopher Nickel · Soprano solo: Laurie Robinson
Advent Rising is a third-person, intergalactic action adventure wrapped in a visually imaginative universe that plays like a fast action movie. Famed science fiction novelist, Orson Scott Card, co-wrote the gripping storyline behind the game. The multi-award-winning Advent Rising soundtrack has been noted as 'one of the greates musical scores of all time' by websites such as Yahoo, Gamespot and others.
9 Tron Montage
Tron games published by Disney Interactive · Tron film distributed by Walt Disney Films · Music published by Disney Music Publishing · Composing by Wendy Carlos · Orchestrated and adapted for Video Games Live by David Kates · Synthesizers programmed and performed by Matt Robertson
Disney's 1982 action sci-fi cult classic masterpiece embraced video game aesthetics and has since inspired numerous blockbuster films and video games alike. Harnessing the latest technology available at the time, Tron was the first motion picture ever to use computer graphics and animation.
10 Halo® Suite
Halo® is published by Microsoft/Bungie
Music published by Warner Chappell
Composers: Martin O'Donnell and Michael Salvatori
Orchestrated by Martin O'Donnell, Michael Salvatori, Emmanual Fratianni, Laurie Robinson and Stan LePard
Guitars: Tommy Tallarico, Steve Vai, Chris Kline and Marcus Henderson · Voiceover: Cindy Shapiro
Halo is the blockbusted Xbox game developed by Bungie Studios that reinvented the first-person shooter experience with action-packed gameplay, an epic science-fiction storyline and a multi-award-winning soundtrack. The first Halo soundtrack received countless accolades including The Rolling Stone award for best original video game soundtrack, and its sequel Halo 2 became the #1-selling original video game soundtrack album in North America.
11 Castlevania® Rock (LIVE)
Castlevania® series owned and published by Konami Digital Entertainment Co., Ltd.
Composers: Kinuyo Yamashita (Castlevania®), Club Kukeiha (Castlevania® III) and Michiru Yamane (Castlevania: Symphony of the Night®) · Arranged by Tommy Tallarico · Guitars: Tommy Tallarico and Dweezil Zappa · Keyboards: Martin Leung · Drums: Joe Travers · Bass: Peter Griffin · Recorded at Plaza Calafia Bullring, Mexicali, Mexico
The Castlevania series is one of Konami's most famous franchises and is a recognized landmark in the design of action-platforming games. The earliest games borrowed from motifs in iconic horror cinema, though the series later developed a more artistic and dramatic direction drawn from Gothic fiction and dark Romanticism. This classic adventure series features some of the most addictive gameplay, beautiful graphical effects and countagious musical scores ever witnessed in a platform game. The musical styles for the Castlevania series range from Gothic and operatic rock to classical symphonia.