Talking the 'Legend of Zelda' Symphony Tour
After a successful first year, "The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses" tour is making a return starting this month.
"The Legend of Zelda" has had a huge following with Nintendo fans over the years, and it's likely to continue for 2013 with the forthcoming "Wind Waker" remake for Wii U and a sequel to "A Link to the Past," just announced for Nintendo 3DS.
But if you need something to fulfill your love for "Link" in the meantime, there's always the "Symphony of the Goddesses" tour, which celebrates the entire Zelda legacy. The tour begins later this month in London and wraps up in October in Grand Rapids, Wis., with a number of stops along the way, including Paris, Berlin, San Francisco and Austin.
TechNewsDaily spoke with "Symphony of the Goddesses" executive producer Jason Michael Paul about what to expect with this year's tour.
TechNewsDaily: How did you hook up with Nintendo for the tour in the first place?
Jason Michael Paul: I have been working with Nintendo since 2005 … [For example,] we produced the opening of the E3 [Electronic Entertainment Expo] press event in 2011 … Of course, the success of the 25th anniversary paved the way for the "Symphony of the Goddesses." The idea was a collaboration. We were very flattered that they wanted to present more concerts as part of a tour with "The Legend of Zelda." [See also: Nintendo's Future Lies in Past Favorites]
TND: For those people who haven't attended a video game music concert, how would you describe it?
J.M.P.: Just imagine a giant screen suspended above the orchestra and choir with a conductor leading over 90 musicians performing the best soundtrack music in sync with edited footage from the games that we have grown to love and know all too well. Amplified by the fact that there are thousands of people just like you and me enjoying the concert in a beautiful concert hall.
TND: What's the hardest part of setting up a tour of this magnitude?
J.M.P.: Choosing the cities to perform the concert in.
TND: We understand that Nintendo composer Koji Kondo and his team were involved with last year's tour. Will he be back again for this one?
J.M.P.: They are involved every step of the way. All approvals go through Nintendo and his team.
TND: What changes are to be expected with the 2013 tour?
J.M.P.: We will be performing new music for the 2013 tour as well as presenting new visuals. There will also be new surprises for fans to enjoy. The idea of "second quest" is to present a show that is different from season one.
TND: How are venues for the tour determined? Do you ask the fans?
J.M.P.: We perform concerts in major cities and also in cities where we partner with orchestras like Grand Rapids Symphony. We definitely listen to the fans in terms of places that we play. We rely heavily on our fans' input.
TND: How many people are involved on the tour in all?
J.M.P.: We have a team of six people that tour with the production. Everything else is sourced locally, including the musicians and choir. We work with contractors and orchestras that have musicians under contract as part of the AFM [American Federation of Musicians].
TND: Between this tour and Tommy Tallarico's "Video Games Live" tour, do you think live orchestral performances of video game themes are on the rise?
J.M.P.: They have been. Tommy and I have been producing video game music concerts since 2004. I hope it is on the rise!
TND: It shows that you're a Zelda fan. Do you have a favorite game in the series?
J.M.P.: "Skyward Sword" has a place in my heart because of the orchestra CD we produced. It was an honor to work on something that was bundled with the game.
TND: Nintendo will be releasing new "Link to the Past" and "Wind Waker" games this year. Are you planning special performance pieces that tie in?
J.M.P.: Stay tuned!
You can learn more about the "Symphony of the Goddesses" tour on its official site.