MJR Presents is proud to announce that this year, Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASYpresents a new series of orchestral concerts: FINAL FANTASY 30th Anniversary – JIRITSU. Including a spectacular musical tribute to 30 years of FINAL FANTASY, music from the just-released FINAL FANTASY XV and a visual
experience to accompany the show, Square Enix, AWR Music and MJR Presents bring this once in a lifetime live show to Sydney’s ICC Theatre in July.
Featuring Japanese video game composer Nobuo Uematsu in attendance and a full symphony orchestra conducted by Grammy award-winner Arnie Roth, this multimedia experience combines stirring HD screen images to match the soaring emotions of SQUARE ENIX’s world-renowned FINAL FANTASY video game series.
With the first FINAL FANTASY concert premiering in 2002 in Japan, the concept has toured the world, with this new 30th anniversary production including music from throughout the 30 years of FINAL FANTASY games as well as new scores and arrangements created specifically for these concerts.
Video game music has grown increasingly popular in the last few years, playing an integral role in the immersive experience of today’s games. The FINAL FANTASY soundtracks, which are original compositions, have grown so popular that TIME magazine named series composer Nobuo Uematsu a notable “Innovator” in its recent “Time 100: the Next Wave Music” feature. SQUARE ENIX hopes to pioneer awareness and appreciation of not only its own musical creations, but also video game music throughout the industry.
Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY Live in Sydney
Saturday 1st July - ICC Sydney Theatre.
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ABOUT COMPOSER NOBUO UEMATSU
Nobuo Uematsu is one of the most celebrated composers in the history of video game music, recognized for his work on the FINAL FANTASY series and other games. Nobuo Uematsu has been a major contributor to the increasing appreciation and awareness of video game music. The FINAL FANTASY VIII theme song, “Eyes On Me” composed and produced by Uematsu, featured Hong Kong pop star Faye Wong. “Eyes On Me” sold 400,000 copies and won “Song of the year (Western Music)” at the 14th Annual Japan Gold Disc Awards in 1999, the first time in history that music from a video game had attained this illustrious honor. In 2001, Nobuo Uematsu was named as one of the “Innovators” in Time Magazine’s Time 100: The Next Wave music feature. In recent years, Classic FM, the world’s largest Classical Music radio station has repeatedly recognized Nobuo Uematsu’s music from FINAL FANTASY for inclusion in its illustrious “Hall of Fame”.
ABOUT MUSIC DIRECTOR ARNIE ROTH
Music Director Arnie Roth is a Grammy-winning artist known for his work with performers including Il Divo, Diana Ross, Jewel, Andrea Bocelli, The Irish Tenors, Charlotte Church, Peter Cetera, Mannheim Steamroller, and Dennis DeYoung. Roth has conducted renowned orchestras of the world including the London Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony, Atlanta Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Dallas Symphony, Houston Symphony, Czech National Philharmonic Orchestra, San Francisco Symphony, San Diego Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Tokyo Philharmonic and the Sydney Symphony.
Roth is well known in the world of video game music for his work with Nobuo Uematsu and Square Enix as Music Director and Conductor of the “Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY,” “Dear Friends: music from FINAL FANTASY,” “More Friends: music from FINAL FANTASY,” “VOICES: music from FINAL FANTASY,” as well as his role as Music Director and Conductor of “ PLAY! A Video Game Symphony.” He was the winner of the Best Score Award at the 2003 DVD Premier Awards for his score for the film Barbie™ as Rapunzel and was nominated for an Emmy in 2007 for his original song “Shine” from the movie Barbie™ in The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Roth has produced dozens of best selling CD’s. For more information, visit: www.awrmusic.com.
ABOUT FINAL FANTASY
Since the release of FINAL FANTASY in 1987, this unique RPG series continues to showcase the spectacular visuals, highly imaginative worlds and rich stories leading the industry and earning the highest accolades from users around the world. Titles of the series have so far achieved a cumulative shipment of over 100 million units worldwide.
ABOUT Masashi Hamauzu
Born to a family of musical traditions in 1971 in Munich, is one of the most renowned composers of music for video games of the younger generation. He belongs to a group that has been responsible for the musical legend of Square Enix productions for almost a decade. The collaboration with this key studio began with Hamauzu's creating several tracks for Front Mission: Gun Hazard (1996) and Tobal No. 1 (1996). However, Hamauzu's biggest achievement is his collaboration with Nobuo Uematsu, Junya Nakano and Musashi on Final Fantasy X (2001) and Samurai Legend (2005), the latter created in collaboration with Junya Nakano, Takayuki Iwai and Yuki Iwai. Hamauzu made his debut as an individual artist by writing the score for Chocobo's Mysterious Dungeon (1997), Saga Frontier 2 (1999), Saga Unlimited (2002), Dirge of Cerberus, Final Fantasy VII (2006), but what gained him fame was the soundtrack for Final Fantasy XIII.
It is argued that Hamauzu's works are marked by broad musical erudition, his inspirations including Chopin, Ravel and Debussy's impressionism demonstrating his classical erudition. He easily moves within a vast spectrum of musical genres ranging from jazz and electronic music to contemporary avant–garde music. His compositions freely combine classical and ambient measures: elements of a classic waltz, march, tango and flamenco intermingled with electronic samples and jazz. These sounds often coexist in a very surprising fashion, and the music often utilises illustrative value of dissonance. Hamauzu's favourite instrument remains piano, though. Uematsu and Hamauzu’s music can be well defined by a reference to the Neoromantic style, dating back to the early 1970s (consider, for instance, John Williams). This music includes both lyricism of violins and powerful sounds of double basses, dramatic choirs of brass instruments and the wealth of percussion effects. From 2010 Hamauzu has owned his own studio called Monomusik.
ABOUT SQUARE ENIX INC
Square Enix Co.,Ltd.(Square Enix), headquarted in Tokyo, Japan, develops, publishes, and distributes entertainment content including interactive entertainment software and publications in Asia, North America and Europe. Square Enix brings two of Japan’s best-selling franchises FINAL FANTASY, which has sold over 85 million units worldwide, and DRAGON QUEST, which has sold over 43 million units worldwide under one roof. Square Enix is one of the most influential providers of digital entertainment content in the world and continues to push the boundaries of creativity and innovation. Visit www.square-enix.com for more information.