5th September 2006. Nottingham, UK. GameCity is beside itself with excitement in announcing the confirmation of game music legend Richard Jacques, who will performing an exclusive live set at GameCity this October. Performing principally on pianoforte, Jacques will be treating the audience to a series of specially arranged renditions, forming a retrospective of some of the most loved SEGA classics.
Following his appearance at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Richard is delighted to be back performing in the UK. He says, "I'm really excited to be appearing at GameCity and highlight the role of music in videogames. It's a rare event that makes game culture truly accessible to the public, but it's so important that it's done. I can't wait."
This unique concert event will take place at 2pm on Saturday 28th October, in the majestic setting of St Mary's Church in the Lace Market, Nottingham - which will be candle-lit for the event. Whilst the precise contents of the set-list must remain undisclosed, we are able to reveal that "Sonic the Hedgehog Medley", "Shenmue Improvisations" and "Outrun" WILL be being performed.
Phil Lamb, UK Product Manager at SEGA, commented: "Richard Jacques is a talented musician who has produced some fantastic music for SEGA over the years. Richard's many contributions have complimented the games perfectly and have really enhanced the experience for the players. Having most recently worked with us on some cracking remixes on the soundtrack for OutRun2, Richard has proved to be a real hit with SEGA fans everywhere."
In 2005, Jacques' game music was performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl for "Video Games Live" to more than 11, 000 fans of video games and orchestral and choral music. Not only was Jacques' music selected for the world's largest video game music symphony concert, accompanied by cinematics on the big screen and laser light show, but given his expertise and knowledge of live orchestra Jacques was also invited to arrange and orchestrate the special retro Classic Arcade Medley featuring over 20 games from Pong to Donkey Kong including such classics as Dragon's Lair, Tetris, Frogger, Gauntlet, Space Invaders and Outrun. In addition, having scored games in the multi-million selling Sonic the Hedgehog franchise, Jacques was selected to arrange and orchestrate the Sonic medley, prompting high praise from Sonic creator Yuji Naka himself.
With the supporting bill yet to be disclosed, Jacques is already providing one of the hottest tickets for GameCity 2006.
For further information please contact:
Alison Beasley, Lincoln Beasley PR.T: +44 (0) 1608 645756 E: Alison@lincolnbeasley.co.uk M: +44 (0) 7966 449130
About Richard Jacques:
Classically trained with an extensive music repertoire in orchestral, jazz and contemporary music genres, Richard Jacques is a multiple award-winning composer of music for video games, film and television. He is internationally recognized as one of the A-list composers in the games industry, recently described by PLAY magazine as "One of the truly distinctive game music composers in the industry today," and is well versed in all platforms and genres from movie franchises to original IP titles. A proven leader in the field of modern game music Jacques was the first composer to be given a major budget for a live orchestra (Headhunter), the first to record a live orchestra for a PSP game (Pursuit Force), the first to have his game music featured in art galleries (Game On) and live concerts in Europe, Japan and North America, and the first western composer to have his game soundtracks released commercially in Japan as well as Europe and America. Continually in high demand from the world's top game studios, Richard Jacques is currently working on an announced Sony PS3 title and unannounced Sony PSP title, in addition to writing music for film trailers. For more information please visit www.richardjacques.com
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