One Piece Music Symphony in London
A spectacular video and symphonic music concert of the world's most famous Japanese anime TV series, ONE PIECE, comes to London in February 2015! Rediscover the best moments from the adventures of Luffy and his crew through a LIVE music and multimedia concert. Performed by Kohei Tanaka, the composer of the original music score, and full orchestra, conducted by Jean Thorel, the concert will be a thrilling selection of the most popular theme songs from ONE PIECE for an evening of action, emotion, thrills, laughter and tears!
This unique must-see multimedia experience and brilliant blend of Japanese culture is not just for avid fans of ONE PIECE, but also classical music listeners seeking something unique and unforgettable, and families looking for a universally appealing evening out -- More at https://opms.wildfaery.com --
About ONE PIECE
ONE PIECE is a Japanese manga and anime series. It follows Luffy, the straw hat-wearing hero, who quests to become the King of Pirates, and Luffy's crew. Together, they adventure across the seas in search for the legendary “ONE PIECE” treasure, facing the vilest of pirates, and defeating the armies of the Marine. This story hits every high point of excellent drama and adventure; friendship, battles, romance, daring risks and above all, an insatiable quest to achieve one's dreams.
Over 350 million copies of the manga volumes have been sold as of 2014, making ONE PIECE the world's best-selling manga series. The spin-off TV show also leads as the global all-time most popular anime series. It was aired in the UK on Toonami and Cartoon Network Too, with the series and subsequent movies distributed in DVD by Manga Entertainment. The ONE PIECE collection includes 71 manga volumes published in the UK, more than 650 anime episodes, 11 movies, numerous video games, and more than 6,000 associated merchandise products. With global recognition and the highest sales worldwide, ONE PIECE is simply a phenomenon not to be missed!
London tickets are available at Cadogan Hall as of 25 september 2014 : 020 7730 4500 or cadoganhall.com. Exclusive VIP Meet and Greet tickets with composer Kohei Tanaka and chief conductor Jean Thorel are available! See cadoganhall.com for details.
Why ONE PIECE Music Symphony?
We are exposed to high-quality classical symphonic music in the movies, on TV, and through animations and video games. But for those unfamiliar with classical concerts, that exposure is limited to recordings and the music is secondary to the visual component of the entertainment. The ONE PIECE Music Symphony is a new concept - a multimedia journey that puts LIVE classical music front and centre, with best-of scenes from the world's favourite anime as a massive, highly engaging backdrop.
This is a format which makes classical music accessible to listeners of all ages, and is as appealing to avid ONE PIECE fans as classical music aficionados.The ONE PIECE Music Symphony provides audiences the opportunity to soak in the best moments of ONE PIECE. Projected onto a giant screen, and accompanied by live symphonic music written specifically for the series and movies, it is a rich experience of sight and sound.
All the action, emotions, thrills, and touching moments on-screen will be perfectly matched by the full orchestra. Conducted by Jean Thorel with as many as 55 musicians on-stage, the symphonic concert alone is a moving and exciting performance. Special guest Kohei Tanaka, the renowned composer of ONE PIECE, whose compositions are masterfully orchestrated for “hot” strings and piano will appear as the concert's master of ceremonies, and will also perform as a guest pianist and as a guest conductor throughout the concert.
ONE PIECE Music Symphony first debuted in Hong Kong in July 2013. The concert's European debut captivated close to 4,000 people in Paris in April, 2014. Both concerts drew large crowds of anime and ONE PIECE fans, classical music lovers and families. London will be the third performance of this unique time” when it becomes a global success story.
Kohei Tanaka, composer
Japanese composer, arranger and singer Kohei Tanaka has written the musical scores for numerous famous anime TV series, OVAs, movies, computer games and tokusatsu series, among them ONE PIECE, Sakura Taisen, Jojo's Bizarre Adventure and Gunbuster!
Tanaka began playing the piano at an early age. After graduating from the Osaka Seiko Gakuin High School, Tanaka attended Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music for music composition, notably studying under Tomojirō Ikenouchi. Tanaka worked for three years at the advertising department of Victor Music Industries after his graduation. Thereafter, he attended the Berkley College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, for two years and then returned to Japan to work as both a pianist and a composer. At that time, he was requested to arrange a song in Arcadia of My Youth: Endless Orbit SSX, a 1982 TV anime program. It was his first work as a composer. He next produced some songs and arrangements for the Super Sentai series, and his first position as the main composer for a project was for the TV anime series Konpora Kid in 1985. His compositions for TV are audience-friendly and demonstrate his mastery of “hot” string sounds with piano, brass instruments and timpani. Tanaka has also composed music for the computer game, Sakura Wars Project, which provided him with the opportunity to experiment composition in other musical genres.
Jean Thorel, chief conductor
Appointed chief conductor of the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong in 2008, Jean Thorel has given over 400 world premieres of modern works internationally. In Hong Kong, he has been praised as a “passionate musician from France. In his performance he strived for perfection without exaggerating. He was instrumental in leading the orchestra to give a fine, delicate and uplifting performance”. - Express Weekly
The Royal Philarmonic Concert Orchestra
The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra was formed in 1987 and has built up an international reputation in its own right. Performing in the major concert halls and concert venues in the UK and around the world, from China and the Far East to North and South America, the RPCO is known for its versatile programming of classical, light classical and popular music. The RPCO is regularly seen working with renowned artists in the worlds of classical music, pop music and West End musicals. Appearances during 2013 include the Hastings International Piano Concerto Competition, an Elgar celebration concert in his home town of Malvern on the composer's birthday and live performances to the screening of two iconic films at the Royal Albert Hall: Singin' in the Rain and Fantasia. Appearances at the summer festivals include Hampton Court Palace, Kenwood House, Canary Wharf and Rochester Castle. Touring commitments this year include concerts as far afield as Gabon, Kazakhstan and China.
Cadogan Hall, London
Set in a fantastic location in the heart of Chelsea, Cadogan Hall has become one of London's leading venues. The Hall's 900 seats, excellent acoustics and luxurious surroundings make it the first choice for some of the UK's top orchestras, including the Hall's resident orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, as well as a favourite London destination for international touring orchestras. Cadogan Hall is the chosen venue for the world-famous BBC Proms Chamber Music Series and also offers a vibrant selection of contemporary, jazz, folk and world music events as well as debates and conferences.