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Video Game Orchestra

“What we, VGO, have accomplished is not just showcasing and convincing people that video game music is its own unique musical genre, but also creating a one and only “rockestral” video game music concert project that truly integrates the live, raw energy of rock music and the epic-ness and elegance of orchestral music.”

When Shota Nakama conceived the idea of Video Game Orchestra (though it was created purely out of fun and excitement at the time), he perhaps subconsciously already had his mind set to take this grand journey – creating something so ridiculously epic that blows people away. Since then, VGO has been inspiring people to realize that what everyone grew up playing, listening and feeling is a multi-dimensional, innovative art. Over the years, VGO has performed 20+ shows throughout North America and Asia in front of tens of thousands of audiences becoming one of the top video game music concert acts in the world.

It was back in May 2008 when Shota Nakama had a spark of an idea, creating a live group, soon-to-be called Video Game Orchestra. On July 2nd, the very first concert was held at a small venue in the center of Boston, and the mere 27-piece ensemble packed the house. Following the success, the second concert featured a more complete rockestral set up, multiplying the number of the audience. Then Shota's creative musical ambition came true with the break-through, sold out show at Berklee Performance Center in March 2009 – roaring, screaming audiences rocking out to VGO's signature “rockestral” video game music. The show was featured by numerous major media sources such as NECN, Boston Globe, CNET and NPR.

On April 2011, VGO had its debut at the legendary classical concert venue, Boston Symphony Hall. The prestigious hall was packed with an overwhelming number of enthusiastic video game music fans: such a young group completely selling out its 2,500 seats had never been achieved before. In October 2012, Video Game Orchestra returned to Symphony Hall. The concert, “Live at Symphony Hall,” primarily featured the works of four great composers from the east, Hitoshi Sakimoto, Yoko Shimomura, Noriyuki Iwadare and Kinuyo Yamashita. The self-produced concert became another triumph and its recording was funded by more than 1300 backers on Kickstarter, raising over $36,000.

At the end of 2012, VGO conducted its first tour in China, visiting 4 cities and drawing over 10,000 fans. While continuing its concert activities, the group expanded its horizon to the recording realm of video games. VGO was personally appointed by Masashi Hamauzu, the renowned composer of the Final Fantasy series, to record the actual soundtrack for the last saga of the FF13 trilogy, LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII.

Now, 5 years have passed since its inception. With the most anticipated Live at Symphony Hall release as well as its appearance at PAX East 2014 and the very first tour in Taiwan in the spring, Video Game Orchestra strongly continues to rise to the top of the music industry and bringing its signature “rockestral” video game music live shows to the world.