Upcoming Shows VGL: Nashville, TN and Raleigh, NC June 4th & 7th, 2013
In just a few days, VGL will be coming to Nashville and Raleigh! Looking forward to VGL's first shows ever in both of these cities. Tickets as usual at videogameslive.com. Hope to see y'all there! Posted 5/28/2013
The Gentleman's Private Collection Pocketwatch Games "Monaco" Bonus Album Released Bundled with OST by Austin Wintory April 24th, 2013
What's Yours Is Mine! It's official: Pocketwatch Games' latest creation Monaco is now available, accompanied by a brand new soundtrack by Austin Wintory. And with all of this comes the release of Monaco's companion album, GENTLEMAN'S PRIVATE COLLECTION. I was so happy to be a part of this super-fun project! This album is a wildly varied compilation of Monaco's music interpreted by fantastically gifted artists from all sorts of genres, including:
Chipzel Cris Gale Laura Intravia Malukah MegaRan Peter Hollens Tina Guo Tomoki Miyoshi Videri String Quartet Viking Jesus William Kage
So very honored to be included in their talented company, and a big THANK YOU to Austin for inviting me to join in the fun! :)
FOR A LIMITED TIME, the OST will be bundled with the bonus album, so grab this deal while you can! Check out both albums and more of Austin's work at Austin Wintory's Bandcamp.
Hope you enjoy, and see y'all in Monaco!! Posted 4/24/2013
Upcoming Show VGL: Hartford, CT April 13th, 2013
After a few months break, VGL will hit up Hartford, Connecticut this April! It'll be my first time back to the East Coast since my recent move to LA--gotta get used to the coooold weather again! ;-) Tickets as usual at videogameslive.com Hope to see ya there! Posted 3/8/2013
Upcoming Shows VGL: Texas, Louisiana & Florida January 26th - February 1st 2013
Hoping everyone's 2013 is off to a great start! I'll be on the road for 4 more VGL shows this week, in Richardson, TX, Lafayette, LA and Jacksonville and St. Petersburg in Florida. As always, ticket information can be found at videogameslive.com. Hope to see y'all there! Posted 1/25/2013
Upcoming Show VGL: Austin, TX January 5th, 2013
Happy New Year! Kicking off 2013 with a big show in Austin, TX with the Austin Symphony! Special guests include Austin Wintory and Neal Acree, conducting segments from Journey and WOW respectively. As usual, tickets at videogameslive.com. Hope to see you all there! Posted 1/4/2013
Time's End: Majora's Mask Remixed Theophany's LoZ: MM Album Released December 21st, 2012
"You've Met With a Terrible Fate, Haven't You?"
I am honored, excited and ecstatic to share the latest project I've worked on: Time's End, a remix album of one of my favorite games of all time, Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask. Many critics and gamers agree that this was one of the darkest, most inventive installments of the LoZ series, featuring not only a great storyline but also a fantastic soundtrack to boot. Soon when Theophany asked me to perform some vocal tracks to this album, I was only too delighted to contribute!
Jason Gallaty (Theophany) approached me about this project very soon after the release of Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run; we both sat in on the live stream of the album on Nintendo Radio; he mentioned several projects he was working on, and emailed me later that day to ask if I would be interested in singing for a few pieces for this project. My voice ended up on three of the tracks, Terrible Fate, Lovers Mask and Time's End. All of the tracks on this album are incredible reinterpretations of a deep, dark, overall stellar game, and I can't recommend it enough for Majora fans and newbies alike!
Download link is available on Theophany's Bandcamp site. I hope you'll all check it out and support Jason and his amazing musical endeavors! Most of all--hope you enjoy! Posted 12/21/2012
Upcoming Show VGL: Dubai, UAE December 14th, 2012
Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays! :) Enjoying a nice week and a half off at home after our epic 2-month North/South American tour. But the fun begins anew soon: next week, VGL will be making its big Middle Eastern debut! A huge show in Dubai is coming up on December 14th; it will be an action-packed show for sure! Check out videogameslive.com for ticket info as usual. Get excited; I know I am!!! Posted 12/2/2012
Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run Shinesparkers' Metroid Fan Album Released November 17th, 2012
I am so excited to announce that I was a part of the amazing Metroid fan album Harmony of a Hunter: 101% Run! This was a project that I worked on all the way back in the spring, and I am so pleased to finally get to share it with you all.
Altar of Aether I was approached by Darren Kerwin back in April to work on this amazing collaborative effort. I asked my good friend and fellow composer Jared Cowing to team up with me to create a track for the album. We were in the same year of the composition program at Ithaca College, and I was so excited to get to work with him on such an ambitious project: a choir-heavy arrangement of the Temple Grounds / Light Temple themes from Metroid Prime 2. I fleshed out the bones of the arrangement; Jared wrote the first half of the piece, I the second. We reconnected with several vocalists we knew from our days at Ithaca College and traveled all over NYC, Long Island and Connecticut to record their voices. Then it was a team effort of sequencing the orchestra, while Jared took over cutting the recorded audio and mixing the voices and eventually the final track.
Entering the Hive I also ended up helping Jared on another track he took on, late in the game; a few original themes from the Metroid series had gone unclaimed, and Jared took on the epic “Hive Totem” battle theme from Metroid Prime. He created the entire arrangement himself and sequenced most of it; I ended up doing some additional brass and percussion sequencing.
Entropic Dream Lastly, I was approached at the very end by Darren and arranger Christopher Foss, to contribute my voice to his piece “Entropic Dream.” It was a beautiful track that I instantly fell in love with, so I was delighted to sing for it.
Download the entire album here—my individual tracks are available on my Electronic Composition/Arrangements page. I hope you all enjoy the tracks I worked on: Altar of Aether, Entering the Hive, and Entropic Dream! Posted 11/27/2012
Interview with Super Gamer (November 4th, 2012)
I was asked to do an interview for the kick-off episode of the new Super Gamer podcast! It was great fun to do the interview with Mark McAvoy--we talked about my career, video game music, and had a fun guess-the-game segment where I listened to music and tried to imagine what kind of game it was from. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did! :) Posted 11/7/2012
Upcoming Shows VGL: Chile, Brazil, Canada, USA October - November Tour
Just a few more weeks until Video Games Live is on the road for a tour of gigantically epic proportions! We will be hitting four different countries on two continents for a span of almost two months, with over 20 shows of video game music magic. Lots of brand new segments will be premiered, two of which I actually arranged myself. All in all, it's going to be one heck of a ride, and I for one am SUPER. PUMPED :-D The confirmed dates so far are listed on my Calendar page; as usual check out the Video Games Live homepage for ticket info. See y'all on the road! Posted 9/26/2012
Upcoming Shows VGL: Beijing, China September 8th, 2012
After a nice long break this summer, VGL is kicking off the fall with an epic concert in Beijing! This time, we're partnering up with Blizzard Entertainment to put together a special concert dedicated solely to the music of World of Warcraft. With tons of brand new material, performing at the Mastercard Center under the baton of Blizzard Entertainment composer Russell Brower, this will be an unforgettable experience. I'll be performing several new pieces for the first time, as well as debuting my fancy, brand-spanking new Electronic Wind Instrument! As usual, check out the Video Games Live website for ticket information. Too excited!! Posted 8/22/2012
Upcoming Shows VGL: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia & Los Angeles May 26th-27th & June 6th, 2012
SUPER EXCITED for the upcoming Video Games Live shows in Malaysia and Los Angeles! We'll be returning to Malaysia for a second time since 2010 with a brand new show, action-packed with lots of our newest segments! It's going to be a busy show for me, performing on 8 different segments--can't wait to see all of our Malaysian friends again :) We'll also be returning to LA with what is quite possibly the most epic show we have done to date. TONS of special guests and world premieres, you do NOT want to miss this one! As usual, ticket information can be found at videogameslive.com Just two weeks until I'm back on the road, CAN'T WAIT!! Posted 5/10/2012
New Sheet Music Video Games Live "Flute Link" and "Flute Mario"
Hello fellow fluters! Sheet music for my Video Games Live "Flute Link" and "Flute Mario" skits is now available for free download in my new Video Game Arrangements section of the website! Please note that the backing track for these pieces is NOT available for download. I've made the sheet music available for musicians who are interested in learning the solo JUST FOR FUN, but it should not be used for a live performance of any kind. That said, enjoy the new sheets and happy fluting! :) Posted 4/30/2012
Video Games Live: Red Bank 2012 Reviews
Had some AMAZING SHOWS this past week in Red Bank, NJ and Bethesda, MD! Performed on a whole bunch of segments in both cities and couldn't be happier with how the performances went. My totally awesome twin sister Nicole also came to the Red Bank show and recorded a bunch of my segments for me, including Flute Mario with its brand new animation! I will be posting that on my brand spanking new Youtube channel later today, feel free to subscribe if you haven't already!
VGL also got some of its best reviews yet last week, for our New Jersey show--complete with awesome videos and pictures! Hope you enjoy the reviews--one more show on our VGL Off the Grid Tour this week, hope to make lots of new friends in El Dorado, AR!
New VG Transcriptions Commander Keen 4 and Bio Menace
New post for the blog! This week, we're going way back to the era of my childhood--the early 90's--and checking out the great and glorious video game composer Bobby Prince. We'll be looking at one of his most memorable themes in the Commander Keen series. If last week's blog post gave you nightmares about music theory textbooks coming to eat your eyeballs, don't worry--this week, the scariest music theory term I use is "contour." YOU CAN HANDLE THIS :-D Enjoy the new sheet music on the Transcriptions page for the Map Theme and You've Got To Eat Your Vegetables from Commander Keen 4 and Laboratory from Bio Menace! More on the way! Posted 2/28/2012
New VG Transcriptions Legend of Zelda & Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
New post in the Blog this week! I do believe this may be my biggest one yet: digging in and analyzing the "Great Bay Temple" music from Majora's Mask. This one is a real doozy, get ready to travel into the most nerdy, geeky recesses of my brain :-P I hope everyone has fun checking out the new post--I mean who doesn't enjoy a good read about polythematic composition and harmonic planing? I KNOW I DO!! Enjoy the new music on the Transcriptions page of the Dungeon/Overworld from the original Legend of Zelda and Great Bay Temple theme from Majora's Mask. More on the way! Posted 2/19/2012
Upcoming Shows VGL: Ontario, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, Arkansas March 21st - April 14th, 2012
After a few months of break-time, lots of VGL shows will be coming up soon! Video Games Live will be back on the road with shows in Ontario, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland and Arkansas. I can't wait to be back on the stage performing with the VGL crew, it's going to be great fun to travel all over the map, visiting new places and old! Check out my new Calendar page for upcoming show dates, as well as the Video Games Live homepage for more detailed information. Hope to make lots of new friends at these upcoming shows! Posted 2/17/2012
New VG Transcriptions Banjo-Tooie
Big post in the Blog this week! I had a ton of fun putting this one together--this time, we look at the use of counter-melody in various pieces of video game music, and how it can add a whole new layer of meaning to the music. I hope you also enjoy the new sheet music on the Transcriptions page of Atlantis and Grunty Industries from Banjo-Tooie! More on the way! Posted 2/7/2012
New VG Transcriptions Donkey Kong Country 2: Diddy's Kong Quest
Another week, another blog post, woohoo! I'm on a roll! I hope everyone will enjoy the new post in the Blog about music theory, intention vs. intuition, and the musical connection between Donkey Kong Country 1 and 2. What a mouthful! Check out the Transcriptions page for sheet music of Bayou Boogie, Snakey Chanty and Swanky's Swing. More on the way! Posted 1/24/2012
New VG Transcriptions Zelda II: The Adventure of Link
Happy New Year! I hope everyone's 2012 is off to a great start! One of my resolutions this year was to get more transcriptions done and maintain the Blog more regularly, so let's start off the year with some good old Zelda II. Check out my post in the Blog about the melodic structure of the Palace theme and its use of additive vs. divisive rhythm. Enjoy the new transcriptions of the Main Titles, Overworld and Palace! More on the way! Posted 1/16/2012
Upcoming Show VGL: Salt Lake City, UT December 30th, 2011
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!! This December, I will be performing at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City with Video Games Live. My first time in Utah, it's going to be a FANTASTIC show with the Utah Symphony. I am OBSCENELY excited to be performing with such an esteemed symphony, I hope everyone takes advantage of this amazing opportunity to hear one of the nation's greatest orchestras performing our favorite video game music. Treat yourself or your friends to an early Christmas gift and get tickets now while they're still available! Check out videogameslive.com for ticket info as usual. Hope to see y'all there!! Posted 11/26/2011
New VG Transcriptions The Sims, Dr. Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog
I hope everyone is having a wonderful fall! The VGL shows in Sioux City and Madison went GREAT, had a blast and met lots of new friends there! On break from VGL for a little over a month, so I'm taking advantage of the time to start updating my website and Facebook more often. Haven't written any articles for the blog in a while, so I hope you all enjoy the new post in the Blog about the use of solo piano in The Sims, as well as new transcriptions of The Sims' Building Mode 4, Dr. Mario's Fever and Sonic the Hedgehog's Marble Zone! Check them out on the Transcriptions page, more on the way! Posted 11/17/2011
Upcoming Shows VGL: San Bernardino, Sioux City and Madison October 29th - November 5th
Lots of fun shows coming up! Video Games Live will be celebrating Halloween in style with a show in San Bernardino, California on October 29th, packed with several special guests, possibly in cosplay?!...Following that are two more awesome shows in Sioux City, Iowa on November 3rd and Madison, Wisconsin on November 5th. We have been adding in TONS of new material over the past few months, these shows will be packed with variety! Ticket information at videogameslive.com as usual. Hope to see you all there!! Posted 10/22/2011
Interview with Original Gamer (October 13th, 2011)
I had the honor of being contacted by Original-Gamer.com to do an interview with them a few weeks ago! This interview covers my past, how I got into video game music, Video Games Live, my favorite games, favorite songs I sing, the list goes on and on! A big thanks to Mike V from Original Gamer for doing the interview with me, it was great fun and their website is a fantastic source of articles about various aspects of video games and interviews with the amazingly talented leaders in the industry. I hope everyone enjoys the interview and checks out the plethora of awesome articles on Original Gamer! Posted 10/18/2011
Video Games Live: Brazil Tour 2011 Reviews
MUITO OBRIGADA to all of the amazing VGL Brazilian fans! The VGL Brazil Tour 2011 couldn't have gone better and I am so incredibly happy to have been a part of the tour this year! It was great seeing old friends and making new ones at all of the shows, and performing brand new material! For those of you who missed the shows, VGL premiered my brand new Legend of Zelda arrangement in honor of the 25th anniversary of the franchise. It was my first time arranging for a full orchestra, I had been working on it all summer and it was received well at all of the performances! There are just no words for how ecstatic I am--I'll be posting a video of the piece in the Music section soon, as well as some great new pictures to my Photos. Below are some websites with great reviews, photos and videos from each show! THANK YOU AGAIN everyone for coming out and supporting VGL!! See you in 2012!
Upcoming Shows VGL: Brazil (Rio de Janeiro, Porto Alegre, Sao Paulo) October 9th-15th, 2011
Brazilian friends, it's official: Video Games Live will be returning to Brazil for the sixth year in a row this October, and I've been invited to come along!! I am tremendously excited to be returning to the beautiful country of Brazil; it is a special place to me both because of the amazing, loud and joyous audiences we perform for, and also because the 2009 Brazil Tour is the first time I was given a chance to sing with VGL. I've never heard a louder audiences than the ones in Brazil and I can't wait to perform all new material for all of our friends there! Ticket info can be found at videogameslive.com. Looking forward to seeing you there!! :) Posted 9/5/2011
Laura Intravia Makes Film Score Debut Original Music for This Is Art webseries
More amazing new experiences are popping up for me this summer! I've been invited to compose the music for a brand new webseries called This Is Art, the story of "the postgraduate adventures of a Broadway-or-bust diva and a kooky performance artist grasping at acceptance in the NYC art scene." The project is headed by the very talented Anne Richmond and Emily Floyd, who I had the great pleasure of meeting through the production of Alice Au Pays Des Merveilles a few months ago. It was an honor to hear their beautiful voices singing my music, and I'm so glad I'll be getting to write more for them. No official release date yet, but it will most likely be released later this year, November-December. Check out the official This Is Art website for more info and their blog to find updates on the production itself. Can't wait to get cracking on this project!! Posted 8/16/2011
Interview with Nitro Game Injection (July 17th, 2011)
Check out the awesome Nitro Game Injection podcast for an interview with me! This hour-and-a-half interview covers everything from how I got started with Video Games Live, stories behind the scenes, my childhood experiences that got me into video game music, and much more! It was such a pleasure and an honor to be invited to interview with Larry and Kyle at NGI, I can't thank them enough for such an awesome experience. And please continue to check out NGI each week for new podcasts! I hadn't heard of them before they contacted me, but after checking out their website and podcast episodes, I've been recommending it to anyone who enjoys video game music. It's a great show PACKED with great music and interviews with enormously talented, famous composers and performers. I look forward to hearing their podcasts each week and you will too! :) Posted 8/16/2011
Upcoming Show MISCAST: A Benefit for Beautiful Soup Theater Collective July 10th, 2011, NY
Happy Summer everyone! My apologies for the break since my last post--since returning home from VGL's fantastic show in Los Angeles two weeks ago, I've been buried in a huge transcription project, my biggest one yet: preparing a 55-minute-long score for a musical that will be featured at the Midtown International Theatre Festival this July! Now that I've gotten most of the score finished, I'm finally surfacing for air ;-)
The VGL show in Los Angeles couldn't have gone better! We were given a great review at LA Weekly It was an almost completely brand-new show, so I unfortunately wasn't able to perform the Flute Link sketch, but I had a total blast performing songs for the first time in Los Angeles! I also had the honor of meeting a ton of amazingly talented performers and composers--it was simply incredible to be sharing a stage with them and performing some of their music! It was a super fun show and I was just so honored to be a part of it. Can't wait for next year!
This summer is going to be a busy one--lots of projects lined up, including a big, personal project that I will hopefully get to post on Youtube sometime in September ;-) For now, I'm excited to announce that I will be performing on one of my own pieces in the MISCAST benefit on July 10th! The proceeds will support the Beautiful Soup Theater Collective, the same group that commissioned my original compositions for their performance of Alice. The benefit features performances of songs by performers that would never be cast to sing them on Broadway, because of gender, age, etc. The song I am performing on is a duet taken from The Arrested Cantata, a song cycle I composed for mezzo-soprano Mallory Berlin in 2009 featuring the characters of the cult hitArrested Development, one of our favorite TV shows! For those you familiar with the series, Mallory and I will be performing as George-Michael and Maeby, respectively. The show is July 10th at 7:30pm, at the TAI Group in NYC; tickets can be purchased at the door or reserved by emailing email@example.com. Check out Beautiful Soup's Facebook for more info. Hope to see you all there for a funny night of musical theater! Posted 6/27/2011
Upcoming Show Video Games Live Celebrates Its 200th Show in Los Angeles June 8th, 2011
Video Games Live is returning to Nokia Theater in Los Angeles this year to celebrate its landmark 200th show! VGL has been a wonderful and crazy ride ever since I started almost exactly 2 years ago, and it's about to get crazier with this completely epic experience! This year's show during the E3 Convention will consist of almost completely brand-new material and never-before-seen special guests, conductors and performers from all over the world! I will be singing for several segments that I've never performed before, and for the first time I will be debuting a brand-new VGL segment! I COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED IF I TRIED!!
Check out the full story and ticket info at the official Video Games Live website here. Don't miss this epic concert experience of a lifetime!! Posted 5/29/2011
Laura Intravia Makes Musical Theater Debut Original Music for Alice Au Pays Des Merveilles (June 1st-5th 2011, NYC) Official Mention on Playbill.com
Another dream of mine has been realized!! I will be composing original music for the Alice in Wonderland adaptation Alice Au Pays Des Merveilles, produced by the Beautiful Soup Theater Collective. The show runs June 1st-5th at the SoHo Playhouse in New York. The music is a mix of preexisting songs and my own original pieces written for the show. The proceeds from ticket sales of Beautiful Soup productions go completely to charitable organizations--AND, there's a chance that SoHo Playhouse may pick up the show for a permanent run this summer! Come out and enjoy a night at the theater and donate to a good cause, you won't regret it! Buy tickets here.
Upcoming Show VGL: Canadian Video Games Award May 18th, 2011
I'm very excited to announce that I will be performing with Video Games Live for the Canadian Video Game Awards on May 18th! Fresh off of VGL's huge 16-show Canada tour, we'll be heading back to Vancouver in a few weeks to perform a short concert of VGL segments, to accompany the award ceremony to honor the Canadian video game industry.
And the huge tour was certainly some huge fun! It was, in a word, AMAZING. We had unbelievably fantastic crowds and the shows themselves turned out wonderful--it was an honor and a pleasure to be sharing the stage with Martin Leung for the first time, and even get to play a short duet with him in Winnipeg! I also got to do some sightseeing: checked out Stanley Park in Vancouver, shop in Montreal, and all in all have a completely awesome time touring with the VGL crew. I miss Canada already and look forward to visiting that beautiful country again for the CVA show, even just for a few days :-) In the meantime, check out these great reviews from the Canada Tour 2011!
Here it is, the absolute epicness!: Video Games Live will be performing 16 shows across Canada, starting with Vancouver on April 13th and ending in Kingston on May 3rd. A full list of the tour dates, cities and ticket information can be found at videogameslive.com. We'll be performing lots of awesome new material, including a brand new piece I will be singing for the first time in Vancouver :-D I am super excited for this tour and can't wait to make lots of new friends in beautiful Canada, which I will be visiting for the first time ever! Hope to see you all there, it's gonna be one craaaaaaazy ride!! Posted 4/10/2011
Upcoming Show VGL: Mesa, Arizona April 7th, 2011
Video Games Live is coming to the Mesa Arts Center this Thursday at 7:30pm! My first time ever visiting Arizona, can't wait to make lots of new friends there! Ticket information at http://www.videogameslive.com. I haven't performed with VGL in over month, so I'm really looking forward to it! :-) Hope to see y'all there! Posted 4/2/2011
Laura Intravia Makes Video Game Soundtrack Debut Featured Soloist in Konami's Otomedius Excellent (XBOX 360)
BIG NEWS!!!! One of my lifelong dreams has officially come true: I've made my debut as a performer on a video game soundtrack! I will appear as a featured solo flutist in the soundtrack of the Konami side-scrolling shooter Otomedius Excellent, which will be released in Japan on April 21st, 2011 for XBOX 360. The game will be released in the United States later this year, with the soundtrack available as an additional downloadable pack through XBOX Live Arcade.
Otomedius Excellent is the latest installment in the Otomedius series, and the first game of this franchise to be released in the United States! With Metal Gear Solid composer Norihiko Hibino at the helm as lead composer, the soundtrack of this game is an international collaboration of artists all over the world from the U.S. to China to Japan. Hibino-san and I became good friends through Video Games Live, and was such a tremendous honor to get to perform for one of his projects. The track I will appear on was composed by none other Castlevania’s Michiru Yamane! American composer Justin Lassen was also involved in the soundtrack, and includes a list of all the composers for this game on his website, plus the trailer and some gameplay footage.
A big thank you to Hibino-san for inviting me to be part of such a cool project and action-packed soundtrack! Hope everyone gets the chance to check out Otomedius Excellent when it comes to the States later this year; stay tuned for an official release date! :-) Posted 3/22/2011
New VG Transcriptions Yoshi's Story, Super Mario Kart & Super Mario World 2: Yoshi Island
Rabbit rabbit everyone! Hope everyone's March is off to a great start! ;-) Okay, so these are the last Mario pieces I'm doing for a while, I promise!! I WILL branch out and do different games!! :-P But this week, it's all about the the Yosh'. Four arrangements on the Arrangements page for Yoshi's Story'sBaby Bowser's Lullaby and Love Is in the Air, Super Mario Kart'sStar Power and Super Mario World 2: Yoshi Island's Flower Garden. Plus, a post in the Blog about musical quotations in Yoshi's Story. VGL: Ft. Wayne coming up this week, hope to see you there!! Posted 3/1/2011
Upcoming Show VGL: Fort Wayne, Indiana March 4th, 2011
Another VGL show coming up soon! I will be performing at the show in Ft. Wayne, Indiana on March 4th. The concert is being held at the Embassy Theater at 8pm; as per usual, check out ticket information at http://videogameslive.com. Can't wait to get back to performing! Hope to meet lots of new friends in Fort Wayne! Posted 2/21/2011
New VG Transcriptions Super Mario Galaxy
Inspired by my complete and utter addiction to Super Mario Galaxy these past few weeks: four new pieces for the Arrangements page and a post in the Blog! This week, we look at a VERY cool interview transcript with the sound team of Super Mario Galaxy, where they talk about the Essence of Mario and how they achieved that sound. Enjoy the new arrangements for Bunnies, Power Star, Sad Story and Space Junk Galaxy! Many more on the way! Posted 2/5/2011
Video Games Live: January 2011 Reviews
Just finished another great run of Video Games Live shows in January, definitely some of my favorite ones yet! Big thanks to all the fans who came out to the concerts, you guys make these shows possible and I love being a part of it! The next run of shows in February will feature Video Game Pianist Martin Leung, don't miss it!! In the meantime, I'll be home arranging, practicing and working on a special project for OCRemix, oooo...Enjoy these reviews from the Minneapolis, Seattle and Long Island!
New VG Transcriptions Castlevania I, II, III and Mega Man IV
Getting ready to leave for Seattle tomorrow, but before I do: four new transcriptions for the Arrangements page! Plus a post in the blog, talking about nostalgia and the Vampire Killer theme. Enjoy the new arrangements for Castlevania's Out of Time, II'sBloody Tears, III'sDeja Vu and Dive Man from Mega Man IV! More on the way! Posted 1/20/2011
New VG Transcriptions Super Mario Kart
Three new pieces on the Arrangements page and a BIG post in the Blog on the music of Super Mario Kart! The topic this time: Latin dance influences! Nothing gets you go-karting like some good ol' Latin dance, who knew?! Had a lot of fun doing the research on this one, I hope you enjoy! Enjoy the new arrangements for Choco Island, Luigi's Theme and Princess Toadstool's Theme. More on the way! Posted 1/11/2011
Upcoming Shows VGL: Minneapolis, Seattle and Brookville (January)
I will be performing with VGL for three shows in January! The first show is tonight in Minneapolis, Minnesota at Orchestra Hall; next is Seattle, Washington on January 22nd. And then to round it all off, I will be performing my first ever VGL show on Long Island! VGL: Brookville on January 29th will be a very special show to me, held on the island where I've grown up and lived my whole life--can't wait to perform for all my fellow Long Islanders!! Hope everyone can make it out to a show this January! As usual, check out videogameslive.com for ticket information. Posted 1/7/2011
Video Games Live: Newark 2010 Reviews
Happy New Year everyone!! Recuperating from two AWESOME shows in Newark, New Jersey last week. The New Jersey Symphony was absolutely fantastic, and I got to meet two super special musicians: Kinuyo Yamashita (Castlevania) and the one and only Brentalfloss! So cool!! Reviews of the show are below; see you next time Newark!
Bonjour!! Just wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU again to all of the French fans who made it out to Video Games Live: Paris last week! The concert was sold out, I performed in more segments than I ever have before, and the whole concert couldn't have gone better! It was also my first visit to France (and Europe for that matter) and I must say I was blown away by the beauty, history and culture of Paris--definitely one of my most favorite VGL concert/trip to date! Below are some great reviews of the concert, including an interview with Tommy Tallarico and great footage of the concert. I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season and a very happy new year!!
The big VGL US tour ended last week and it was a great success!! Met lots of great fans, made new friends and even met some famous people along the way! Mike Salvatori was at the Milwaukee and Chicago shows, and Ralph Baer made a very special appearance at our Concord show. All in all it was a completely fantastic experience! We got some great reviews as well, posted below. HUGE HUGE HUGE thanks to everyone who came out to the show and supported Video Games Live! I hope you all had as much fun as I did! Next stop: Paris and St. Petersburg!!
The Video Games Live: Level 2 DVD/Bluray/CD recently debuted at #8 on the Billboard Charts!!! The VGL team couldn't be more excited!! We've also been getting some really awesome reviews from various sources on the web, check them out in the links posted below. Get your copy of VGL: Level 2 today!!
New VG Transcriptions Dragon Quest III, Mario Party and Ghosts n' Goblins
Hello from the tour bus! Smack in the middle of our two week US tour, and I decided the twelve hour drive to Wichita is the PERFECT time to post some new arrangements! Enjoy the new arrangements for Dragon Quest III'sHeavenly Flight, Mario Party's Can It Be Done? and Ghosts n' Goblins' Stage 1 & 2, along with the new Blog topic this week: the arpeggio! Knock yourselves out, more on the way! Posted 11/8/2010
Upcoming Shows VGL: Paris, St. Petersburg and Newark, NJ (December 2010)
VERY EXCITING NEWS!! I will be performing with VGL for my very first time in Europe! This December, we will be playing in Paris, France and St. Petersburg, Russia. I'll also be at our New Jersey shows at the end of December, to round out 2010. I hope to meet lots of new fans at the shows! Ticket and show information at videogameslive.com. Posted 10/21/2010
Video Games Live DVD/CD Trailer Is Released
Check it out peeps, the official trailer for the newly released VGL CD/DVD/Bluray is finally here!! Enjoy! Posted 10/4/2010
New VG Transcriptions Super Mario World
Lots of new transcriptions for Super Mario World available on the Arrangements page this week! Also wrote an extensive post in the Blog about some good ol' music theory regarding Super Mario World. Had a lot of fun with this one, hope you enjoy it! Check out the new arrangements for the Bonus Level, Underground, Bowser's Valley and Special Zone themes. More on the way! Posted 10/3/2010
Upcoming Shows VGL: November Tour 2010
Hello VGL fans! It's official--I will be going on tour with VGL in November to several US cities in Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Indiana, Louisiana and New Hampshire! My first time on a tour bus, wish me luck! ;-) Check out videogameslive.com for tour dates and tickets for your area. Can't wait to see you all there! Posted 9/19/2010
New VG Transcription Chrono Trigger
New transcription from the world of Chrono Trigger this week! It's available on the Video Game Arrangements page. Check out the Blog for more music theory and info about this piece. Enjoy the new arrangement for Corridor of Time! More on the way! Posted 9/14/2010
Performing at Gen Con this Saturday August 7th 2010
Hey Gen Con goers! In addition to performing at the VGL show at night on Saturday, August 7th, I will also be performing that day at the Video Games Live booth at Gen Con, 11am-1pm. I'll be playing a bunch of new solo flute arrangements of various video game tunes. The ticket booth will be located in the food court, so grab a snack and come on down! Hope to see you all there! Posted 8/4/10
I have added a Blog for my personal discoveries/thoughts about my video game transcriptions! I like to write a little each week about the compositional elements of video game music; instead of posting those writings to this homepage, I have moved them to the Blog page, where I am going to start writing more in-depth articles about what I notice about the construction of the music, from a classical point of view. I learned a lot about composing from transcribing music when I was a kid, so if you're looking to delve into the basics of composition, please feel free to check out the Blog! I'd love to hear your thoughts/questions about video game music. Also feel free to drop me a line on the Contact page with requests or suggestions of music to transcribe/arrange! Posted 7/14/2010
Ithaca College - PBS News Article
Ithaca College School of Music has posted an article about the PBS special! It's a great honor for me to be recognized by my college, especially when I only graduated a year ago--it was a fantastic school and I miss it a great deal. I'm so happy to know that they've been keeping track of what I've been up to after graduation! Go IC! Posted 7/14/2010
Just added some recordings of my classical works to my Concert Composition page! I will be adding more in as I set up more MP3s/videos; some of the pieces were performed this year, so I'm still waiting to get my hands on those recordings. Enjoy the ones I have posted! Posted 7/8/2010
Upcoming Show VGL: Indianapolis, Indiana (August 7th, 2010)
I will be performing with Video Games Live at their big concert in Indianapolis on August 7th, 2010! This concert takes place the same weekend as the big tabletop gaming convention Gen Con, for which I am INSANELY excited! Tickets are on sale now at videogameslive.com. Hope to see some fellow tabletop geeks come out to the show! Posted 6/26/10
Our LA show at the Nokia Theater last Thursday was a hit!! I think it was one of my favorite shows so far--we had a huge concert line-up of special guest performers, composers and conductors. I had the incredible honor of singing the "God of War" segment under the baton of composer Gerard Marino, a totally amazing experience! Our Chrono Trigger/Cross segment was the most epic it's ever been, with myself, Norihiko Hibino, Akira Yamaoka, Martin Leung, Gerard Marino and of course Tommy lending their instruments to the big "Scars of Time" finale. And to top it all off, the audience was totally fantastic! Great energy (probably aided by the big Lakers game, which was happening at the same time just down the street) and the LONGEST Meet and Greet we have done to date, twenty guests and three and a half hours long. I also got to hit up E3 for the first time in my life, which was totally AWESOME. Check out my Facebook sometime this week for pictures of the amazing event.
All in all, it was an awesome first time in LA and I can't wait to go back again! As usual, I'll post more reviews as I find them!
The VGL shows in Dallas this weekend went great! Beautiful hall, awesome orchestra, great crowds!! I had a real blast singing and playing for several different segments. I also met some awesome people in the meet in greet line and took pictures of some awesome video game shirts, which I will soon be posting to my Facebook (friend me or join my fanpage!) Check out Youtube for a few videos of the concert; the hall was pretty anti-cameras, so there unfortunately isn't too much footage. Anywho, I'll post more reviews as I find 'em! ;-)
Get your sneak peek of the groundbreaking Video Games Live: PBS Special! Originally filmed in New Orleans this past April, a 90-minute program will be televised nationally on July 31st 2010 by PBS. But wait, there's more! The entire THREE HOUR CONCERT will also be made available on CD and DVD/Blu-Ray! Get the full story at http://videogameslive.com/index.php?story=247. Posted 6/5/2010
Upcoming Show VGL: Dallas, Texas (June 11th-12th, 2010)
This just in!! I will be performing at the VGL Dallas shows on June 11th and 12th. As usual, check out videogameslive.com for ticket info! Be there or be square! Posted 5/23/2010
Upcoming Show VGL: Los Angeles, California (June 17th, 2010)
Hey everybody! I will be performing at VGL in Los Angeles for their big show at E3 on June 17th! Lots of awesome video game composers are going to be there, including composer-performers Akira Yamaoka and Norihiko Hibino from Japan. Check out ticket information at www.videogameslive.com. Hope to see you there! Posted 5/14/2010