Castlevania performed as a house/rock anthem? Halo recreated for a big band? The University of the Arts is hosting their first concert featuring arrangements and adaptations of popular video game music next Friday, November 8th.
Entitled Video Game Music Re-Imagined, the concert will feature music from original NES titles through modern games, and is being organized by students in UArts’ Music Business, Entrepreneurship & Technology program.
The concert will take place at Caplan Recital Hall on Friday, November 8th at 7pm, with a matinee on Saturday, November 9th at 1pm. It’s free for all students, and $10 at the door for general admission.
Three guest composers (Tom Salta, Jill Aversa, and Andrew Aversa) will also be giving talks, and having their pieces performed at the concert. Here are some details about the lecturers.
Tom Salta is a renowned composer for video games, film and television. He has scored games such as “HALO: Combat Evolved Anniversary,” “Ghost Recon: Future Soldier,” “From Dust,” “Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands,” “Red Steel” (IGN Award for Best Original Score), Tom Clancy’s “Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter” and Tom Clancy’s “H.A.W.X” series. He is also an active speaker and evangelist, having spoken at the Game Developer’s Conference and AES in New York City.
Andrew Aversa is an award-winning composer and electronic music artist, who is active both in the album music industry and scoring original music for games. His notable credits include scoring the console games “Soul Caliber V,” “Phineas and Ferb: Across the 2nd Dimension,” and the re-mixing/re-orchestration of the LucasArts’ classic “Monkey Island 2: LeChuck’s Revenge.” As an artist, Andrew has released over 10 albums, several of which have garnered awards.
Jillian Aversa is an award-winning vocalist, songwriter and performer whose shimmering voice has appeared in a medley of projects, from video games, film and hit dance singles to her original solo albums. Her ethereal vocals can be heard in blockbuster video game franchises “Halo” (Microsoft), “God of War” (Sony), “Civilization” (Firaxis) and “Soul Calibur V” (Namco Bandai) for which she co-composed the ending theme. She is also a prolific album artist, having released “Origins” and the holiday EP titled “Through Sand and Snow.”
According to Mike Worth, a professor over at University of the Arts, they’re hoping to make this an annual event, bringing in guest composers every year.
For more information, including the dates and times of the guest lectures, visit University of the Arts’ official website.