Japan Expo Welcomes Composer from Lunar, Grandia and Phoenix Wright, Ace Attorney

Santa Clara, CA – May, 1st 2013 – Japan Expo is excited to announce our first Musical and esteemed Video Game guest to Japan Expo USA: Noriyuki IWADARE! Mr. IWADARE is a composer who is best known for his work in video game music, particularly the unforgettable music of the games Lunar, Grandia and Phoenix Wright, Ace Attorney.

Originally from Nagano Prefecture, Noriyuki IWADARE taught himself music and composing at a young age, and became active in video game music in the early 90's. His first hit was the score for Lunar: the Silver Star, for which he won an award for Best Game Music in the Japanese Game Music Awards.

His next awards for Best Game music came from his work on Grandia in 1997, followed by his work on Grandia II in 2000. You may also be familiar with his work on games such as Nintendo Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Kid Icarus: Uprising and of course, Phoenix Wright, Ace Attorney.

Not content to limit himself to only video games, Mr. IWADARE has also composed and arranged music for TV, radio and the stage. You may have also heard his work at Tokyo Disney Resort and DisneySea, for whom he has composed and arranged pieces for a number of events and attractions!

Noriyuki IWADARE will be performing with the Noriyuki IWADARE band, as well as presenting several panels and signings. A unique opportunity will also happen at Japan Expo for fans of his work to interact with Mr. IWADARE, with more details to follow.

About Japan Expo and SEFA Entertainment

Japan Expo is the premier event of SEFA Entertainment, based in San Francisco, California. SEFA Entertainment is the American subsidiary of JTS Group, originators of Japan Expo located in Paris, France. Founded in 1999, Japan Expo is the largest Japanese popular culture event of its kind in Europe, and one of the largest in the world with 219,614 certified attendees in 2012.

Since the creation of this event the Japan Expo brand has expanded to include a number of events across Europe throughout the calendar year. Japan Expo is now expanding to include North America as well. Working together with JTS Group, SEFA Entertainment is committed to bringing its unique skillset and expertise to create our first event “Japan Expo, 1st Impact” in Santa Clara, California from August 23rd-25th, 2013.

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