Video Games Live™ is an award winning immersive concert event featuring music from the most popular video games of all time. Created, produced and hosted by world renowned game industry veteran and superstar Tommy Tallarico, top orchestras and choirs around the world perform along with exclusive synchronized video footage and music arrangements, synchronized lighting, well known internet solo performers, electronic percussion, live action and unique interactive segments to create an explosive one-of-a-kind entertainment experience.
Picture the energy and excitement 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 cutting-edge video screen visuals, state-of-the-art lighting and special fx, stage show production and special on-stage interactive segments with the audience dazzle crowds of all ages – gamers and non-gamers alike. Pre & Post Show Activities include a costume contest, prize give-a-ways and the very popular meet-and-greet with top game composers, designers and industry talent.
This is a concert event put on by the video game industry to help encourage and support the culture and art that video games have become. Video Games Live bridges a gap for entertainment by exposing new generations of music lovers and fans to the symphonic orchestral experience while also providing a completely new and unique experience for families and/or non-gamers. The show is heralded and enjoyed by the entire family.
With over 500+ ticket buyer reviews on Ticketmaster.com, Video Games Live boasts a 4.7 (out of 5) rating. Inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records for the biggest, most successful and longest running game concert in the world, Video Games Live continues to break new ground and thrill audiences worldwide with brand new content each year.
Incorporated in 2002, Video Games Live is the first and most successful video game touring concert in the world having performed over 500 shows in 42 countries on 5 continents including multiple SOLD OUT shows in venues such as the Bird’s Nest National Olympic Stadium in Beijing, the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., the Royal Festival Hall in London and Red Rocks in Colorado. The debut performance was launched on July 6th, 2005 at the world famous Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles 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, Mario, Zelda, Warcraft, Tomb Raider, Myst, Kingdom Hearts, Tron, God of War, EverQuest II, Medal of Honor, Headhunter, Beyond Good & Evil, Advent Rising, etc.) had never been performed live. Since then over 2 million people have experienced the show live.
Video Games Live has released 9 albums worldwide (all of which debuted in the Billboard Top 10) as well as an award winning full length feature DVD/Blu-Ray. In 2010 the show aired nationally on PBS and quickly became one of the top rated PBS Specials of all time appearing in over 90 million homes across America. On October 30, 2005 they broke new ground once again by putting on the very first video game concert in Canada (Vancouver). They followed with groundbreaking first ever game concert performances in countries such as England, Brazil, Mexico, New Zealand, Spain, Portugal, France, Taiwan and China. 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 performances in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo the year before. On October 22, 2007 Video Games Live was the FIRST and ONLY show to sell out the Royal Festival Hall (Philharmonia Orchestra) since the refurbishment earlier in the year.
The Video Games Live: Volume One album (EMI Classics) was released worldwide in the summer of 2008 and debuted on the Billboard Charts at #10. It was the first video game compilation album to be released worldwide and by a major label. The Video Games Live: Volume One album received the “Best Soundtrack of the Year” and Editor’s Choice Awards from IGN.com as well as the BEST SOUNDTRACK ALBUM from the Game Audio Network Guild (G.A.N.G.).
Creator / Executive Producer / Host / Guitar
Tommy Tallarico is a veritable video game industry icon. As one of the most successful video game composers in history, he has helped revolutionize the gaming world, creating unique audio landscapes that enhance the video gaming experience. He is considered the person most instrumental in changing the game industry from bleeps & bloops to real music now appreciated worldwide by millions of fans. In 2018 it was announced that Tommy had become the CEO/President of the legacy video game hardware company Intellivision which will be debuting a brand new family home console (Amico) in 2020.
He is the founder of G.A.N.G. (Game Audio Network Guild), a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting excellence in interactive audio (www.audiogang.org). Tommy was the host, writer and co-producer of the award-winning, cutting-edge television shows Reviews on the Run and the Electric Playground. An accomplished musician, Tallarico has been writing music for video games for more than 30 years. Tallarico was the first musician to release a video game soundtrack worldwide (Tommy Tallarico’s Greatest Hits Vol. 1 – Capitol Records). Tommy was one of the first person to ever use live guitar and 3-D audio in a video game (The Terminator), and was instrumental in bringing true digital interactive 5.1 surround to the gaming world. He has won over 50 industry awards for best video game audio and has worked on more than 350 game titles. His score for Advent Rising has been noted as "one of the greatest musical scores of all time" by websites such as Yahoo, Gamespot and others. In 2008, he was enshrined in the Guinness Book of World Records with a two page feature article and interview and currently holds 3 Guinness World Records including the person who has worked on the most commercially released video games. For more information about Tommy please visit www.tallarico.com.
Awarded a visiting artist visa by the United States in 2000, Emmanuel Fratianni arrived in Los Angeles to become a sought after conductor, composer, pianist and music team member in the Hollywood film, television, music and video game industries as well as the concert world. An award-winning composer, his work has been performed by some of the finest and most recorded orchestras in the world, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. In the US Emmanuel Fratianni has guest conducted the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Utah Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra at Wolf Trap as well as the San Francisco Symphony at Davies Hall. Around the world he has guest conducted orchestras such as the Royal Scottish National Symphony, The Malaysian Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony Orchestra of Chile and in Asia the Beijing Opera and Performing Art Orchestra. Emmanuel is currently principal conductor and music director of the acclaimed international symphonic tour Video Games Live. Emmanuel’s debut on the Billboard Top-Ten in 2008 with EMI Classics Video Games Live, Vol.1 soundtrack album (as composer, conductor, orchestrator) cemented his status in the classical/crossover orchestral world. His numerous awards and credits as a composer and collaborator include “Soundtrack of the Year” by Play Magazine for the score toAdvent Rising, one GANG Award and five GANG Nominations.
Jason Paige is known for singing the first theme song for the English version of the Pokémon anime. He also sings "Viridian City" and sings as a background vocalist for the Pokémon 2.B.A. Master soundtrack. As a vocalist Paige toured for a year as the lead singer for the band Blood Sweat & Tears and has sung and beat-boxed with Aerosmith on tour, and on the Howard Stern re-mix of the hit single “Pink”. Paige sang backgrounds for Michael Jackson and is the rap soloist for the song "Black or White", which was performed at Michael Jackson's 30th Anniversary concert at Madison Square Garden. His one-man show is filled with socio-political sexual-logical musical parody, con-fessions, and impersonations.
As an actor, Jason can be seen as Peter in “An Argentinian in New York”, as a choir singer in “A Walk to Remember”, as the voice over for Buttmeister in “Meet the Spartans”, as a medic in “Make Yourself at Home”, as a student in “Election”, and as a parent in “The Hustler”. From 1995 to 2000, he produced and starred in his own musical comedy sketch show, “The What's Up Show”, which showed on Manhattan cable TV.
He has co-written two musicals, “BOX” and “Writing Pictures” produced at Hartford’s Bushnell Theatre for Black History Month, based on Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom's Cabin. And "A Tribute To Irwin Price" Performed at Open Fist Theater.
In response to the massive popularity of the Pokémon Go mobile game, Paige re-recorded the theme during the height of the game's popularity in July 2016. Later that month, Paige sang another parody of theme song featuring Dwayne Johnson as a Pokémon. He performed the song in Los Angeles as well. In October 2016 He released his anthem "a tribute to Pokemon Go" as a sister theme to the original.
Having composed extensively for film and video game, Eímear Noone is responsible for some of the most enduring soundscapes on World of Warcraft, Warlords of Draenor which achieved the Hollywood Music in Media Award for Best Video Game Score and was nominated for 5 Annual Game Music Awards and The ASCAP, Composer’s Choice Award, and other best-selling video game scores. In addition to her classical, film, rock and EDM experience, Eímear has emerged as one of the world's premier conductors of game scores having conducted the original recordings and performances of nearly all the World of Warcraft/Blizzard Activision franchises over the past 10 years.
She was also the conductor featured by Nintendo while recording the original soundtrack for The Legend of Zelda 25th Anniversary 3DS. With views in the millions, this was one of the first times a recording session was captured in 3D while it happened. Extensive tours with The Legend of Zelda, Symphony of the Goddesses, and Video Games Live (VGL) followed with Eimear conducting at venues such as The Sydney Opera House, The Mann Center, Wolftrap and The Bird's Nest (Olympic Stadium, Beijing).
In the film world, she has worked on scores for directors such as Gus Van Sant and Joe Dante, orchestrating for Oscar nominee Javier Navarrette (composer of Pan’s Labyrinth) creating haunting music for thrillers Mirrors and The Hole. Her other feature film scores include the family drama, It's Dark Here, the phycological thriller The Donner Party (based on the true story) and the horror film, The Occupants.
She has led some of the world's great ensembles, including: The Philadelphia Orchestra, The Pittsburgh Symphony,The Dallas Symphony Orchestra,The Sydney Symphony Orchestra and The Washington National Symphony Orchestra. Eímear has had the pleasure of conducting the orchestra for the Los Angeles Ballet in their inaugural production of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker earning recognition from the LA Times. She has also shared the stage with Pierce Brosnan and Roma Downey in her own production This Is Ireland. Eímear founded the Dublin International Game Music Festival and is a sought-after commentator on music, technology and creativity.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Bryan Deans has consistently left a lasting impression on the Vancouver classical music scene. He is a cellist, conductor, music director, composer; known not only for his skill, but also his energy, leadership and dedication to his art. His passion for classical music has been tempered with his love for other genres from rock, pop, jazz, folk and experimental, with the resulting dynamism reflecting in his choice of projects. He is founder of the Placid Acid Orchestra, a full-sized symphony into uncharted territory performing at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the Vogue Theatre, Performance Works Granville Island, and collaborating with a wide variety of local artists and genres throughout these performances. He is also assistant conductor of Lions Gate Sinfonia Youth Orchestra and music director at St. John's School. Since receiving his degree in music from the University of Victoria, he has been the assistant conductor of the Vancouver Philharmonic Orchestra, member of WestCoast Symphony, as well as conductor and performer in many other local ensembles.
Russell Brower is an American music composer and three-time Emmy Award-winning sound designer who has created sounds for Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs and Batman: The Animated Series, and video game music for games including Joint Operations, World of Warcraft, Starcraft II and Diablo III. He was previously the Director of Audio/Video for Blizzard Entertainment, the sound designer/editor at Warner Bros. Animation and DiC Entertainment, the Audio Director at NovaLogic, and the Principal Media Designer and Music Director at Walt Disney Imagineering.
"Invincible" from his score for World of Warcraft: Wrath of the Lich King, made its first appearance in the Classic FM Hall of Fame Top 300 in April 2014 at no 52. It was Brower's first appearance in the Hall of Fame.
Martin O'Donnell is a composer known for his work on video game developer Bungie's series, such as Myth, Oni, Halo, and Destiny. O'Donnell collaborated with his musical colleague Michael Salvatori for many of the scores; he has also directed voice talent and sound design for the Halo trilogy. O'Donnell was Bungie's audio lead until April 11, 2014.
O'Donnell began his career in music writing television and radio jingles such as the FlintStones vitamins song and scoring for radio stations and films. O'Donnell moved to composing video game music when his company, TotalAudio, did the sound design for the 1997 title Riven. After producing the music for Myth II, Bungie contracted O'Donnell to work on their other projects, including Oni and the project that would become Halo: Combat Evolved. O'Donnell ended up joining the Bungie staff only ten days before the studio was bought by Microsoft, and would be the audio director for all Bungie projects until he was fired.
O'Donnell's score to the Halo trilogy has been called iconic, earning him several awards, and the commercial soundtrack release of the music to Halo 2 was the best-selling video game soundtrack of all time in the United States. He then went on to compose the scores to Halo 3 and Halo: Reach, released on September 25, 2007, and September 14, 2010, respectively. His final work for Bungie was composing music for the 2014 video game Destiny. He is currently working on the soundtrack to Golem.
Neal Acree is a BAFTA nominated film, television and video game composer and conductor whose work includes the massively popular game franchises World of Warcraft, StarCraft II, Diablo III, Overwatch, Revelation Online, shows like Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, Witchblade and over 30 feature films. A versatile and prolific composer with roots in classical, rock and electronic music, Acree's music has been recorded and performed by orchestras and choirs around the world, including the hit concert tour Video Games Live.
In 2014 Neal’s critically acclaimed, Asian themed music for World of Warcraft: Mists of Pandaria would open a new door, this time to the East. When Chinese game giant NetEase gave Neal the unique opportunity to write a traditional Chinese score for their fantasy MMO Revelation Online (one of the first times a Chinese game company had hired a Westerner to do so), he felt strangely at home. Having been raised by a father whose love of Chinese cinema and culture was mirrored by the passion for art and music that he passed on to his son, Neal found an unexpected familiarity in a musical language that was on the surface so foreign. The result was one of his most passionate and critically acclaimed scores that led to several more collaborations with NetEase including Imperial Reign, Wildfire and Legends of Tibet.
In addition to winning three Hollywood Music In Media Awards, a Golden Reel Award, six Game Audio Network Guild Awards and four Global Music Awards, Neal was also nominated for a BAFTA, four Academy Of Interactive Arts and Sciences Awards, two ASCAP Composer's Choice Awards as well as numerous critic awards. In 2016 Neal was named the BSOSpirit Jerry Goldsmith "Composer of the Year" at a ceremony in Malaga, Spain.
If you or someone you know is into video games you won't want to miss this highly acclaimed one-of-a-kind concert experience. Or maybe you are looking for something cultural and exciting that the whole family will enjoy? Video Games Live™ is not just a concert, but a celebration of the entire video game industry that people of all ages will adore.
Video Games Live™ is created and produced by industry veteran and world famous video game composer Tommy Tallarico. Featuring the best music and exclusive synchronized video clips from the most popular games from the beginning of video gaming to the present. Whether it’s the power and passion of the more recent blockbusters or the excitement of remembering the sentimental classics you played growing up, Video Games Live™ will truly be a special night to remember. Meet and bond with new friends as you help to celebrate a pastime which has truly evolved into our culture. Even if you have never played a video game you’ve never heard or seen an orchestral performance quite like this. Show includes synchronized performances of the music, video and specially designed special fx & light sequences showcasing over 200 different games in a wide variety of styles.