“What we, VGO, have accomplished is not just showcasing and convincing people that video game music is its own unique musical genre, but also creating a one and only “rockestral” video game music concert project that truly integrates the live, raw energy of rock music and the epic-ness and elegance of orchestral music.”
When Shota Nakama conceived the idea of Video Game Orchestra (though it was created purely out of fun and excitement at the time), he perhaps subconsciously already had his mind set to take this grand journey: creating something ridiculously epic that blows people away. Since then, VGO has been inspiring people to realize that what everyone grew up playing, listening, and feeling is a multi-dimensional and innovative art. Over the years, VGO has performed many shows throughout North America and Asia in front of tens of thousands of people, becoming one of the top video game music concert acts in the world.
It was back in May 2008 when Shota Nakama had a spark of an idea to create a live game music performance project, soon-to-be called Video Game Orchestra. On July 2nd, the very first concert was held at a small venue in the center of Boston, and the mere 27-piece ensemble packed the house. Following this success, the second concert featured a more complete rockestral set up, multiplying the size of the audience. Then Shota’s creative musical ambition came true with the break-through sold out show at Berklee Performance Center in March 2009 – roaring, screaming audiences rocking out to VGO’s signature “rockestral” video game music. The show was featured by numerous major media sources such as NECN, Boston Globe, CNET, and NPR.
In April 2011, VGO had its debut at the legendary classical concert venue, Boston Symphony Hall, bringing the first ever video game music concert in its history. The prestigious hall was packed with and overwhelming number of enthusiastic video game music fans. Such a young group completely selling out the venue had never been achieved before. In October 2012, Video Game Orchestra returned to Symphony Hall. The concert, “Live at Symphony Hall,” primarily featured the works of four great composers from the east, Hitoshi Sakimoto, Yoko Shimomura, Noriyuki Iwadare, and Kinuyo Yamashita. The self-produced concert became another triumph and its Kickstarter-funded recording, Live at Symphony Hall, was released.
At the end of 2012, VGO conducted its first tour in China, visiting four cities and drawing over 10,000 fans. Then, another triumph came from a sold out Taiwan debut concert in 2014. While continuing its concert activities, the group expanded its horizons to the recording realm of video games. VGO was personally appointed to record the actual soundtrack for the last saga of the FF13 trilogy, LIGHTNING RETURNS: FINAL FANTASY XIII, which ultimately led to the launch of its recording division, SoundtRec Boston. To date, StR and VGO together worked on enormously popular franchises such as Kingdom Hearts HD 2.5 ReMIX, God Eater 2: Rage Burst, Tales of Zestiria and Final Fantasy XV.
In February 2016, Capcom announced its official concert tour, CAPCOM LIVE!, in collaboration with the VGO. The show features the renowned VGO rock band fused with a large orchestra to bring life to the timeless classics of Capcom.
In March 2017, VGO debuted in Tokyo, rocking out the crowd with the classic VGO songs from Metal Gear Solid, Castlevania, Final Fantasy XV, Sonic the Hedgehog and numerous other franchises.