We are sure that you are celebrating Thanks Giving with your family and friends by now, and we thought maybe we could help making it even better! Here is our holiday gift to you - MEGA MAN 2: PIANO SUITE from Pax East 2013!
Please enjoy and have a great Thanks Giving!!!
Today, 11/21, is the day. The last saga of the FFXIII trilogy "LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII" is finally out in Japan!!!
I had a great opportunity to work with Masashi Hamauzu, the main composer of the game, to orchestrate his music for the game. Not only that, he personally chose VGO to record our collaborative work. How it feels to work on a game franchise you have always loved? Absolutely, insanely crazy.
It's been 5 years since our journey began. Initially it was just a small ensemble playing shows, but now we are doing big shows and even recording for massive game projects... I thank and congratulate the team, musicians, fans and everyone who supported us making things happen. I am so proud of all of you!
Just posted the Theme of Grandia video on YouTube!
Did you know that the Live at Symphony Hall concert the very first time the game's music was officially performed live in the US? The composer, Noriyuki Iwadare, was at the concert to listen to the exclusive arrangement he made for the concert!
Please check out the beautiful violin solo by the concertmaster starting around 2:16. It is totally worth listening to!
Well actually, we need your vote to be the number 1 in the world! At Bachtrack, there is now a poll for users to vote for what they view to be the best orchestra in the world. Wanna know who's trailing right by the London Symphony Orchestra? That's right, the VGO.
Just go to the link provided below and tell them your favorite orchestra is none other than us in the VGO, and that's it! We'll be one step closer to world domination! And when we rule the world, everyone gets candy. State law.
We're proud to announce we are gonna be part of this year's Boston Festival of Indie Games! It'll be a night of video game & chiptune music, so if you're in the Boston area then come check us out on September 14th!
In addition to VGO, DJ Cutman will be taking the stage, along with Bastion composer Darren Korb! You can be sure we'll do something fun for our friend and revisit Bastion for this night...
Throughout this summer, Shota has been working with Namco and Go Shiina to deliver some really great choir pieces to their upcoming PSVita game, God Eater 2!
The choir we choose is called Força (means strength / power in Portuguese), and they been absolutely incredible throughout the whole project. Our old friend Jose Delgado came in to direct for us, and he's been great as expected. We been working with Jose for some time now for our big shows, and it's always a thrill! Shiina has been overseeing the entire process and he shared with us that he couldn't have been any happier with the results.
God Eater 2 is set to release on November 14th of this year in Japan. We're not sure about any US release date yet, but keep your fingers crossed, and if you have the chance to pick it up then go ahead and enjoy our hard work in the game!
We were asked to contribute to a very unique project back in November, an offer we just couldn't resist when we saw the line-up that was already signed on. World 1-2 is a video game music arrangement album featuring not only some of the coolest video game arrangements bands and artists out there, but also video game composers such as our friend Akira Yamaoka, Austin Wintory and Mega Man composer Manami Matsumae!
We arranged music from the game Captain Tsubasa 2 on the Famicom. Maybe for the US fans this title isn't very well known, but Captain Tsubasa was one of the most famous sport animations in Japan and also in the Middle East, and the games got great music so have a listen!
It's April, and we are in the final stages in the production of our Live at Symphony Hall album. It's been a long journey for us from the Kickstarter campaign to the concert event and production time, but we are really proud and excited of all the hardship and effort that went into this project! We have also arranged for some bonus tracks for our special pledgers and are currently finalizing all the materials so that we can start to ship out everything to everyone. It's a big job and requires time and patience, but we've gotten nothing but incredible support.
In the upcoming days, we'll be releasing a roundtable audio discussion where we go back and discuss and talk about the entire experience from start to finish, so please look forward to that! Very soon folks, the album will be here!
So much energy and excitement last weekend, thanks to you all of you!
We've been at PAX East each year now, and we never want that to change because the crowd and the con is simply amazing! We met so many of you and loved every second of it. We hope you all enjoyed all the new material we debuted, and be sure to expect lots more surprises in the near future.
So let's take a poll and see what you guys think. We had a lot of great feedback from our show, but we are still curious what songs you enjoyed the most. So take a moment to think back and let us know, and help us make sure we continue to deliver you the best music you'll ever experience!
Coming up on March 22nd, we're gonna return once again to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center for PAX East 2013! We hope to see many of you there, familiar faces and new, as we are going to debut all new material! We are stacking the set list up and it'll be one of our biggest yet. We've dropped some hints over at our Facebook in case you wanna guess what we'll debut...
But for those of you that don't have a social media account or want up to date news right in your email inbox, we now have a newsletter you can sign up for. We'll be sending out news and snippets about our new shows, upcoming new material and everything else VGO, so do sign up!
We had such a great time with you guys at U-Con, and our first unplugged show couldn't have been any better! You can be sure we'll return to this format soon in the future, and we'll be adding more surprises into our set.
As usual, head over to our Facebook page and let us know what you thought of the show if you were there, or tell us where you are if you want us to come visit your town and perform a show! There's lots of awesome pictures from our set at U-Con available too, so go check it out and have a blast over at VGO's Facebook!
On February 16th, we got something truly special for our fans in Conneticut. We'll be doing our very first unplugged show! We'll be at U-Con at the UCONN Student Union for their 2 day event, so for all our old as well as new fans, you can be sure that this will be a truly special and new experience for all of us, and you'll be sure to hear some of your favorite video game songs with a brand new take on it. Check out uconatuconn.com and U-Con's Facebook page for more information if you're in the area, and bring your friends and loved ones!
Also, head over to our Facebook page and let us know what songs you want VGO to perform in the future. Is there a song you want us to rock out? A vocal song you'd love to hear us perform? Let us know over at VGO Facebook!
This upcoming Monday, VGO will be featured on NHK El Mundo in Japan at 11PM. The show features interviews and footage from our Symphony Hall show last October, and we're pretty excited to hear feedback from fans after this piece airs!
If you are in Japan, be sure to check it out, and let us know what you think over on Facebook or our Twitter. Go to NHK El Mundo for more details on their program.
We went to Washington DC last week for the yearly MAGFest music and video game festival to rock out with all of you, and man was it a great show! The audience were on their feet and following us on every beat, and singing along to the lyrics of Snake Eater, I Am The Wind and Still Alive. Over 10,000 people attended MAGFest this year, their new attendance record, and VGO is proud to have performed there with such an awesome event and staff!
VGO is also planning on making 2013 our biggest year yet, and we can't wait to share with you what is in store as the year unfolds. We will have news about our upcoming kickstarter album and some big shows very soon so keep coming back, and keep on lovin'!
We have returned home from China. Our hearts are filled with excitement and happiness, and it's all thanks to all our wonderful fans! Every night, we were really overwhelmed by the kindness that our fans and staff showed to us during our tour, and we cannot wait to go back soon and see you all again!
As you guys may have seen on our Facebook page, our 10 piece group in VGO have headed to China this week for our very first international tour! We have had an amazing time so far, and one successful show at the under our belts have really lifted our spirits and excitement even further!
Right now we are practising for our next show, and as we go along we will share pictures of our journey on our Facebook, so if you haven't checked it out and liked us yet, what are you waiting for? Now's the best time, as we recently passed 3000 likes!
Keep on checking back for more updates, and check our Events page, Facebook and Twitter for more information on upcoming shows. Next up is MAGFest in Washington DC on January 4th.
Thank you guys so much for coming to see us this last week at Anime USA! We had an absolute blast and really enjoyed the crowd we had there, and you guys couldn't be more awesome! We'll be back in Washington DC in January for MAGFest, so come see us then and say hello.
We have some big announcements looming, so do keep on checking back on this website soon...
This weekend, VGO will be playing at Anime USA in Washington DC! We're gearing up to a great show for you guys so if you are in the area, please come see us and enjoy the great friendly atmosphere that Anime USA offers! There will be special guests and other music acts throughout the convention, and you can stop by our table to grab some merch as well.
Words truly cannot express what we feel in our hearts right now.
To everyone who attended our show, we are so honored and glad you came and made our night one of the greatest events of our lives! We were so happy with the concert, and the composers loved every moment they spent with you guys. Boston Symphony Hall truly came alive with all of your help and energy!
Countless emails, private messages and tweets with so much affection and friendship, a successful concert in Boston Symphony Hall and a Kickstarter going beyond our intended goal has allowed us to do even more than we thought possible. Everyone in the VGO want to say thank you, thank you from the bottom of our hearts. It is for all of you that we continue to work hard and deliver the most energetic, diverse and fun arrangements of video game music.
You made it all possible, and we will never forget that.
Now, the work begins on the album, and we will continue to bring all of you updates on our website, Facebook, Twitter and through Kickstarter updates which all backers will recieve through emails. We have a lot in store for you guys, so keep checking back to keep up to date!
Boston Symphony Hall will once again be filled with the vibrant world of video game music, and give the audience a unique musical experience.
It will be a night that promises to create memories and inspire young and old, as music from Final Fantasy, Grandia, Kingdom Hearts, Castlevania, Metal Gear Solid and Chrono Trigger will be featured throughout the night, and the audience will be joined by 4 special guest composers: Yoko Shimomura (Kingdom Hearts), Hitoshi Sakimoto (Final Fantasy XII), Noriyuki Iwadare (Grandia) and Kinuyo Yamashita (Castlevania)!
We want to thank you--every Enforcer, PAX Staff members and the PAX attendees--every one of you for coming out to Seattle this weekend to see our show. As much as all of you enjoyed our show, we enjoyed performing for you! Thank you so much!
Please keep a mindful eye on our kickstarter campaign, which can be located here. If you contribute at least $10 dollars, you will receive a digital copy of the album when it is released! :)
And on October 7th, do you remember what day that is? It's VGO's second live concert at Symphony Hall. Purchase your tickets now!
We have started a KICKSTARTER campaign. As you know, we will be having a concert in October, with three prolific guests, but in order to bring the live music to CD, we need extra support from you guys!
For more information about the bells and whistles of this campaign, please visit here: