Europes First Game Music Symphony Concert Celebrates Acclaimed Headhunter Orchestral Scores

EUROPE’s FIRST GAME MUSIC SYMPHONY CONCERT CELEBRATES
ACCLAIMED HEADHUNTER ORCHESTRAL SCORES

GC – Games Convention Concert Features
World Premier Symphony Suites of "Headhunter" and "Headhunter: Redemption",
Music by Award-winning Composer Richard Jacques

LONDON, United Kingdom – June 23rd, 2003 –
RICHARD JACQUES (
www.richardjacques.com),
the leading video game composer whose credits include Sega’s JET SET RADIO
FUTURE
and HEADHUNTER, today announced that his orchestral music for
HEADHUNTER (PS2) and the forthcoming sequel HEADHUNTER:
REDEMPTION
(PS2, Xbox) will feature as a world premier suite performed
by the Czech National Symphony Orchestra at Gewandhaus, Leipzig (
www.gewandhaus.de)
in Germany. The concert takes place during GC – Games Convention (
www.gamesconvention.de),
the European equivalent of E3, on August 20th, 2003. The event is
being launched by the GC – Games Convention 2003 organizers as their opening
ceremony and marks the first symphony concert to feature Western and Japanese
game music.

Richard Jacques’ action score for HEADHUNTER was originally performed and
recorded at Studio One, Abbey Road Studios with the London
Session Orchestra
(The Fifth Element, The Mummy, The World
Is Not Enough
). HEADHUNTER is widely recognized as the first
Western game soundtrack to utilize the world famous recording
studios and record with an orchestra usually associated with the film-scoring
world.

"It was an easy pick for the concert", said event producer Thomas Boecker,
"Richard’s work on HEADHUNTER is powerful, melodic, dynamic and superbly
orchestrated. Combining a top-notch orchestral sound and programmed rhythm loops
with other percussive elements, it perfectly reflects the vitality of today’s
contemporary orchestral music in games. It is also a great example of how to
reach a younger audience with classical music."

In March 2003, Jacques received the 2002 Game Audio Network Guild Recognition
Award
for HEADHUNTER at the 2003 Game Developers Conference in
San Jose, California. Additionally, HEADHUNTER was nominated for 2002
Music of the Year
, 2002 Best Live Performance Recording, and 2002
Best Instrumental Song
("Jack’s Theme") by some of the top composers,
producers and music supervisors in the games business. Game Industry News also
nominated HEADHUNTER for 2002 Soundtrack of the Year.

The Performing Right Society (PRS) magazine noted: "Richard Jacques’
majestic work on HEADHUNTER set the benchmark and is still seen by many
as the finest example of scoring on any videogame". As well, The Guardian
attested to the game’s "Excellent symphonic score" and top film music magazine
Music From The Movies concluded, "This guy is a rising star!"

Sega recently announced that Richard Jacques is scoring the sequel
HEADHUNTER: REDEMPTION
which made its debut at the 2003 Electronic
Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles and is slated for release in North
America and Europe in late 2003. HEADHUNTER: REDEMPTION will be released
on Sony PlayStation 2 and Microsoft Xbox.

For concert venue information visit
www.gewandhaus.de
.
Tickets will be on sale in July.

Richard Jacques (www.richardjacques.com)
is represented by Bob Rice of Four Bars Intertainment.

HEADHUNTER Press Quotes:

  • "Adrenaline-pumping music." – Game
    Now

  • "A very cinematic soundtrack." –
    PSM

  • "Rousing orchestral compositions." –
    GameSpot.com

  • "The soundtrack is awesome." – IGN

  • "Headhunter features great music by composer
    Richard Jacques…an orchestral score to die for." – GameSpy

  • "It’s musically where the game seems set to
    push the most boundaries." – Edge

  • "An epic score." – PSM2

  • "His most ambitious project yet." – Official
    PlayStation 2 Magazine

  • "Great music." – PSi2

  • "An evocative musical score, which captures
    perfectly the essence of the big budget action movie." – PlayStation Max

  • "Stunning orchestral score." – Computer And
    Videogames

  • "Ripping soundtrack." – GamesDomain

  • "A gorgeous orchestral soundtrack…fits the
    game perfectly, giving it an epic movie touch." – GameSpot.co.uk

  • "The music was recorded at Abbey Road Studios
    by…Richard Jacques & The London [Session] Orchestra, and this shines through
    as the whole set is easily of Hollywood movie quality and greatly enhances the
    game’s atmosphere." – Total Video Games