ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL • LONDON • 5-6 MARCH 2022 GAME MUSIC FESTIVAL VOL. 4

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Game Music Festival 2022

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GMF comes to London! This spring, Royal Festival Hall shall resound with the music of video games as never before. The BAFTA Award winning jazzy vibes of Cuphead, an unmistakably stylish platformer, will be artfully and energetically interpreted on stage by a seasoned big band.

Subsequently, a symphonic concert featuring the enchanting and melodious music from Ori and the Will of the Wisps and Ori and the Blind Forest will be performed live by the esteemed Philharmonia Orchestra.

It doesn’t get much better than that, does it?

THE JAZZ OF CUPHEAD

6 MARCH 2022

  • Concert: 15:00
  • Meet & Greet session with composer Kristofer Maddigan
    for VIP tickets holders: will be hosted online

Paying homage to the golden age of cartoons, Cuphead’s bold and brazen style shook the video game industry to such a degree that Cuphead-based Netflix series is already in production, while the soundtrack itself won BAFTA’s prestigious Games Award for Best Music.

In the game, which adopts a dynamic ‘rubber hose’ animation style and aesthetic, two cup-like brothers strive to repay their debt to the devil; such a classic and stylistic setup deserves a proper soundtrack, something that Kristofer Maddigan bountifully delivers.

Full of early big-band jazz mixed with ragtime music, Cuphead’s original soundtrack swiftly transports the listener to a world inspired by Duke Ellington and Count Basie, but always with a lively twist.

Bartosz Pernal Orchestra is a highlight among contemporary European big bands. Its members have been given the honour of interpreting these vibes on stage; they are certainly up to the challenge, having previously performed the Jazz of Grim Fandango in an earlier GMF tribute to a cult classic OST.

THE SYMPHONY OF THE SPIRITS

6 MARCH 2022

  • Concert: 19:00
  • Meet & Greet session with composer Gareth Coker
    for VIP tickets holders: 21:00

Ori and the Blind Forest is remembered to this day as one of the most ambitious platformer games, not merely because of its flawless mechanics and visual design but also – if not mainly – because of its music. Composed by Gareth Coker, the soundtrack combines sublime melodies with lyrical themes to form a warm and organic soundtrack.

The universally acclaimed sequel, Ori and the Will of the Wisps, quickly gained a reputation of being a masterpiece in its own right, thanks once again to another unforgettable score by Gareth Coker – an Ivor Novello Award winner and multi-BAFTA-nominated composer.

Both of these soundtracks form the musical material of The Symphony of the Spirits, the second concert of Game Music Festival 2022. Maestro Robert Kurdybacha is no stranger to the music of video games; as a conductor and arranger, he is an experienced academic tutor who wrote several fan-favourite symphonies for previous Game Music Festivals.

The performance by Philharmonia Orchestra and Hertfordshire Chorus will take the audience on a journey through Ori’s world as never heard before. Woodwinds soloist Kristin Naigus, who performed all of Ori’s specialist woodwinds in the original soundtracks, is also joining us on our musical journey.

GMF EDUCATIONAL STREAM

5 MARCH 2022

Game Music Festival consists of more than concerts featuring the music of video games; it also involves multiple educational and informative events, sessions, and meetings with composers, industry leaders, and experts. During masterclass workshops, participants will be able to ‘see backstage’, discover something about how audio is being created for games, improve their various competencies, and learn many new tips and tricks to better create and analyse game music.

In parallel to the festival’s concerts, meetings and discussions will be held with several game audio professionals, including masterclass workshops conducted by composers, such as Gareth Coker, as well as other special guests of Game Music Festival 2022 (see below for a complete list).

Those sessions will be a unique opportunity to have closer look into the world of music and sounds of contemporary video games. This will be hugely beneficial for everyone who plans to build a career in composing or designing sound.

GUESTS

These experienced professionals will deliver game music workshops with the same passion that accompanied them during their own creative processes.

Kristofer Maddigan

KRISTOFER MADDIGAN

Composer | Audio Director

Gareth Coker

GARETH COKER

Composer | Music Director

Robert Kurdybacha

Robert Kurdybacha

Conductor | Orchestrator

Bartosz Pernal

Bartosz Pernal

Bandleader | Orchestrator

Louise Blain

Host | BBC Radio Presenter

Alex Moukala

Host | Music Producer

Kristin Naigus

Woodwind soloist

THE VENUE

ROYAL FESTIVAL HALL

The Royal Festival Hall is a truly impressive artistic venue located within Southbank Centre in London.
With a history of over 70 years of hosting musicians, it stands among the world’s leading concert halls.
We are proud to visit such an esteemed performance venue, with no compromises along the way.

THE ACOUSTICS

Stunning interior design of the Royal Festival Hall is matched only by its sheer acoustics. The concert space itself is famous worldwide for a crisp and delightful sound.

THE QUALITY

There are 2700 seats in the concert hall, each providing outstanding capabilities for the audience both in terms of stage visibility and the natural quality of sound.

THE INSTITUTION

Southbank Centre is the largest centre for the arts in Europe. It is a spectacular complex of venues which forms the heart of cultural life in London and beyond.

OFFICIAL GMF MERCHANDISE

OUR VIDEOS

Game Music Festival 2022 • London • Ori and the Will of the Wisps • Cuphead

Let’s take a closer look at what happened during Game Music Festival vol. 4 which took place at the Royal Festival Hall in London on the 5-6th of March 2022.

What is Game Music Festival?

We love music and we love video games; that’s why we created the Game Music Festival – Europe’s largest event devoted wholly to the music and sound of the gaming industry.

Apocalypse LIVE - Hitman: Blood Money OST / Game Music Festival 2019

Final concert from Game Music Festival 2019 – The Symphony of the Shadows which was music adaptation of Assassin’s Creed II and Hitman’s soundtracks. Composed by amazing Jesper Kyd. Arranged by Michał Szarowicz

Good Riddance LIVE / GMF 2020 / The Symphony of Four Worlds concert

Encore at The Symphony of Four Worlds. Amazing song “Good Riddance” from “Hades” soundtrack by Darren Korb.

Cuphead Live Concert Announcement / GMF 2022

This is just a little sneak peak of what you can expect at The Jazz of Cuphead concert in London on 6th of March 2022! Tickets and more info: www.gmfest.com

The Banner Saga - The Symphony of the Desert Game Music Festival 2019

First concert from Game Music Festival 2019 – The Symphony of the Desert. This performance presented music from The Banner Saga, Journey, and Abzu, all created by award-winning composer Austin Wintory. The Symphony of the Desert was arranged by Brian LaGuardia and conducted by Wintory himself!

Kristofer Maddigan

Kristofer Maddigan invites you to Game Music Festival 2022!

It’s time for… Kristofer Maddigan! Would you like to meet the composer of Cuphead? Now you have the best opportunity for that because he will be attending our festival in March!

Gareth Coker

Gareth Coker invites you to Game Music Festival 2022!

Gareth Coker himself will be attending Game Music Festival vol. 4 in London! You can meet him personally at the meet & greet session, and perhaps somewhere else too…

Game Music Festival 2020

Let’s take a look at what was happening in the National Forum of Music in 2020 – meetings with composers, discussions, masterclasses, special guests, concerts – and once again feel all these amazing emotions which were with us back then during GMF vol. 3.

THE SYMPHONY OF SIN - GMF VOL. III

The 2020 edition of Game Music Festival was affected by the pandemic, but at the same time allowed us to explore the the options of streaming our concerts live online. Watch the full transmission of the second day of the event.

THE SYMPHONY OF FOUR WORLDS - GMF VOL. III

The 2020 edition of Game Music Festival was affected by the pandemic, but at the same time allowed us to explore the the options of streaming our concerts live online. Watch the full transmission of the first day of the event.

GAME MUSIC FESTIVAL VOL. II

The second edition of Game Music Festival in 2019 brought a new line-up, new special guests, and new opportunities. Watch this video to see various interviews and scenes captured directly in the venue.

GAME MUSIC FESTIVAL VOL. I

The first Game Music Festival was both a dream come true, and a leap of faith for our team. Still, the positive feedback overwhelmed us – take a look at this ‘making of’ clip for a glimpse of what it was like in 2018.

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