Magazine article Variety

Game on for Music

Magazine article Variety

Game on for Music

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IN 2017, the 4th Annual Game Awards took place at the 4,000- capacity MicrosoftTheater in downtown Los Angeles. And for the first time, the show featured live music - a 43-piece orchestra, soloist Tina Guo on electric cello and a seven-piece rock band that included Avenged Sevenfold's Synyster Gates on guitar.

"Video games are the most powerful form of entertainment in the world and feature orchestral scores that rival the quality of the best movies," says the show's executive producer GeoffKeighley, who had conceived of live music from the first show, but had to work his way up to making it happen. "We wanted to authentically celebrate that at the Game Awards."

"It's not an inexpensive proposition to add an orchestra to an awards show," music director and conductor Edward Trybek adds. "[But] we weren't doing play-ons and play-offs like the Oscars. We approached it more like featured musical segments."

Any attempt to scale back the orchestration was "in part, a monetary consideration," says Trybek. …

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