‘DISTANT WORLDS’ TAKES THE MUSIC OF ‘FINAL FANTASY’ TO MELBOURNE FOR ONLY AUSTRALIAN SHOW
MJR Presents is proud to announce the eagerly anticipated return of Distant Worlds: Music from FINAL FANTASY to Australia in 2019.
Following on from a sell-out show at Sydney’s ICC Theatre in 2017, Distant Worlds: Music from FINAL FANTASY will make its return appearance down under in August, for a special one-off, show at the Melbourne Arena; marking Distant Worlds premiere performance in Melbourne!
Originally launched in conjunction with the twentieth anniversary of FINAL FANTASY, the brand new, completely revamped live show will feature music from one of the most popular video game series of all time! This concert will include a special tribute to the original FINAL FANTASY VII, featuring special guest Yoko Shimomura, composer of FINAL FANTASY XV, in attendance.
GRAMMY®-winning conductor Arnie Roth will lead the 100-piece ‘Distant World Philharmonic and Chorus in a breathtaking performance of the beloved music of Nobuo Uematsu, Yoko Shimomura, and others, in front of spectacular HD video direct from game developer SQUARE ENIX.
The multimedia experience, which places stirring screen images, stills and iconic scenes from the FINAL FANTASY series alongside the soaring emotions of a symphony orchestra and chorus is set to be Distant Worlds’ biggest show to date, and will perform just one show in Australia in 2019.
Tickets for ‘Distant Worlds: Music From FINAL FANTASY
go on sale at 10:00 AM on Friday 10 May
ABOUT COMPOSER NOBUO UEMATSU
Nobuo Uematsu is one of the most celebrated composers in the video game field. He has achieved global recognition for his work on the FINAL FANTASY series that has been performed by worldclass orchestras around the world. Nobuo Uematsu has been recognized as a major contributor in the increasing appreciation and awareness of video game music. A prime example is the “FINAL FANTASY VIII” theme song, “Eyes on Me,” which he composed and produced with Hong Kong pop star Faye Wong which went on to sell a record 400,000 copies. It also won “Song of the Year (Western Music)” at the 14th Annual Japan Gold Disc Awards in 1999, which was the first time in history that music from a video game had attained this illustrious honor. The music from the game series has grown to such notoriety, Nobuo Uematsu was named as one of the “Innovators” in Time Magazine’s “Time 100: the Next Wave Music ” feature.
ABOUT MUSIC DIRECTOR ARNIE ROTH
Music Director Arnie Roth is a Grammy-winning artist known for his work with performers including Il Divo, Diana Ross, Jewel, The Irish Tenors, Charlotte Church, Peter Cetera, and Dennis DeYoung. Roth has conducted the London Symphony Orchestra, the National Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Hollywood Bowl Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Dallas Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the BBC Symphony, the Czech National Philharmonic Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the San Diego Symphony, the Winnipeg Symphony, the Joffrey Ballet of Chicago, the Detroit Symphony, the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic and the Sydney Symphony. Roth is well known in the world of video game music for his work with Nobuo Uematsu and SQUARE ENIX as Music Director and Conductor of the “Dear Friends: music from FINAL FANTASY,” “More Friends: music from FINAL FANTASY,” “VOICES: music from FINAL FANTASY,” as well as his role as Music Director and Conductor of “ PLAY! A Video Game Symphony.” He was the winner of the Best Score Award at the 2003 DVD Premier Awards for his score for the film Barbie™ as Rapunzel and was nominated for an Emmy in 2007 for his original song “Shine” from the movie Barbie™ in The Twelve Dancing Princesses. Roth has produced dozens of best selling CD’s.
For more information, visit www.awrmusic.com.
ABOUT YOKO SHIMOMURA
Composer and pianist Yoko Shimomura joined Japanese video game production company Square in 1993 after graduating from Osaka Music School. Previous to her employment with Square, Yoko worked for Capcom, where she composed the majority of the score to the legendary fighting game Street Fighter II: The World Warrior. Since that time, she has composed many well-known video game scores, including works for Front Mission, Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars, Parasite Eve, Legend of Mana, and, most notably, the Kingdom Hearts series.
Shimomura made her debut as a Final Fantasy series music composer with Hataraku Chocobo, although her first major contribution to the series was the score for Final Fantasy XV, released in 2016. Yoko continues to work as a freelance composer for Square Enix and others, having now composed music from over 45 video games and counting.
ABOUT FINAL FANTASY
Since the release of FINAL FANTASY in 1987, this unique RPG series continues to showcase the spectacular visuals, highly imaginative worlds and rich stories leading the industry and earning the highest accolades from users around the world. Titles of the series have so far achieved a cumulative shipment of over 100 million units worldwide.