Ori and the Blind Forest performed by WDR Funkhausorchester and Choir

 
 The orchestra and choir moments before the start of "Ori".

The orchestra and choir moments before the start of "Ori".

In August I had the extreme privilege of attending SoundTrack_Cologne in Germany, where the WDR Funkhausorchesterand WDR Rundfunkchor performed my arrangement of Gareth Coker's music from "Ori and the Blind Forest". 

Not only was the concert itself fantastic in the selection of games represented—where many of the composers were in attendance—but the musicians did such an excellent job, led by the wonderfully caring and energetic Evan Christ. And if that wasn’t enough, the featured pianist was Benyamin Nuss who also expertly performed works for solo piano.

You can find  Ori the Game at 25:10 on part 2, but I recommend the entire concert!

Part 1:
https://www1.wdr.de/…/video-heart-of-gaming---part--100.html

Part 2:
https://www1.wdr.de/…/video-heart-of-gaming---part--102.html.

Video game music is a wonderful gateway to classical

 
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Check out a recent article about the comparison between video game music and 'classical' music over on Laced Records blog!

I discussed Final Fantasy Tactics as it relates to Prokofiev, and Saga Frontier II as it relates to John Adams.

The article features contributions composers Jessica Curry, Austin Wintory and Lloyd Coleman, podcaster Emily Reese, and the Videri String Quartet.

https://www.lacedrecords.com/blogs/news/video-game-music-is-a-wonderful-gateway-to-classical

Joe Hisaishi short piano medley

Unwinding from the visit to California and seeing Joe Hisaishi live in concert,  I wanted to put together a little sort of sketch/medley on piano with a few of his Ghibli themes and motifs.

Includes material from Princess Mononoke, Nausicaä, Ponyo, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle - this was fun to weave together, though there are so many other themes I wish I could have included!

Click here for the cleaned up sheet music

Minecraft? Minecraft.

Excited to share that I was one of the orchestrators on composer Gareth Coker's score for "Minecraft: Egyptian Mythology"! Check it out my work on tracks 03, 06, 13, and 14.